Swedish Musicians Teaming With Liberia Choral Society for X-Mas Concert – FrontPageAfrica

The musicians – Torbjörn Gulz, Erik Lanninger and Sebastian Jonsson will bring years of musical experience, the Swedish embassy in Monrovia hopes will lighten the holiday spirit

Monrovia – The Liberian Academy of Music in collaboration with the Swedish embassy in Monrovia will team up with the Premier Choral Society of Liberia on Thursday to kick off the festive Christmas holidays in what is being dubbed as  an entertaining night of jazz and classical music.

The
musicians – Torbjörn Gulz, Erik Lanninger and Sebastian Jonsson will bring
years of musical experience, the Swedish embassy in Monrovia hopes will lighten
the holiday spirit.

The
concert at the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street kicks off at 6pm

Gulz
is a jazz pianist and has worked as jazz musician for over twenty-five years.
He has been touring internationally and nationally with a number of Swedish
groups such as Jonas Kullhammar Quartet, Magnus Broo Quartet, Fredrik Norén
Band, Jeanette Lindström Quintet and also participat in over thirty recordings.
In January 2004 his first CD as a leader “Torbjörn Gulz trio” was
released by Moserobie Music Production. Since 1995, Torbjörn teach at the Royal
college of Music in Stockholm, where he holds a position as associate professor
in piano and jazz theory. He has also written a book on jazz-arranging. Since
2016 he is a PhD student at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), where his
research is about improvisation and interaction within jazz.

Lanninger,
is a Swedish pianist and senior lecturer in interpretation at the Royal Academy
of Music in Stockholm. Since his debut with the Stockholm Philharmonic
Orchestra, playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto in C, Erik Lanninger has been a
frequently engaged soloist and chamber musician. Erik has toured in Sweden and
the Nordic countries, Balticum, Russia, major cities in Western Europé and in
the United States of America. He is particularly interested in contemporary
music and has explored the repertoire of his ensemble Obscura´s somewhat
unusual combination of instruments. Several composers have dedicated new pieces
to the group.

Jonsson
was born 1996 in Umeå, Västerbotten County, in northern Sweden. His music
career started when he began to play alto saxophone in the local music school
at age nine. He played in many different local big bands and ensembles during
his teenage years and in 2014, he and the band “Thundercat” won the award for
best youth jazz band at the Swedish “Jazzfinal” competition. He’s been lucky to
be taught and inspired by some of Sweden’s finest saxophonists and teachers,
Karl-Martin Almqvist, Robert Nordmark and Fredrik Ljungkvist to name a few. The
last three years he’s studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and
done a wide array of jazz and big band concerts with bands like “Kustbandet”,
“Blue House Jazz Orchestra”, “Glenn Miller Orchestra (Scandinavia)”, “Stockholm
Jazz Orchestra” and “Euroradio Jazz Orchestra”. Aside from his jazz
performances he often appears in different horn sections, both with pop bands
and gospel choirs. Sebastian Jonsson is a composer and bandleader as well and
he has written music for many different ensembles, most prominently for his own
quintet “Sebastians Kompisar”. Carrying the flag of music Jonsson has traveled
to South Africa’s Cape Town in the south and Svalbard’s Longyearbyen in the
north, but now visits Liberia for the first time together with Torbjörn Gulz
and Erik Lanninger.

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