pianist and composer Esbjörn Svensson died in a diving accident
on Saturday June 14, 2008 at age 44. Our thoughts are in sympathy
with his mourning wife and children and his long time musical
associates Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström.
Svensson was one of the most influential jazz artists in recent
history and with his band e.s.t. considered the most successful
European jazz group and beyond.
e.s.t. became famous for their innovative mix of jazz with
contemporary rock as well as classical music elements driving
young and adult audiences into their concerts all over the world.
Their albums regularly entered the jazz and the pop charts
achieving numerous awards.
Right after the untimely passing of Esbjörn
Svensson his band colleagues Magnus Öström and Dan Berglund had
decided to stop the release of the already finished album
this final e.s.t. album was released worldwide on September 01,
2008 in its original and unchanged version - as it has been
previously approved by the band and delivered to the record
companies before Esbjörn Svensson´s passing. It has become the
legacy of Esbjörn Svensson and shows the band at its very peak in
its most daring, innovative and ground breaking performance.
Swedish singer Viktoria Tolstoy just released her latest album "My
Russian Soul" (ACT) on September 23, 2008. The album was
produced by Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren and contains
adaptations of Russian classical music arranged for jazzband and
singer and Gothenburg based lyricist Anna Alerstedt wrote the
lyrics to the classical tunes. Viktoria is currently on a
maternity break and will start again in late March 2009 with
Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison will
return to Europe a few times
during 2008 mainly for performances with local
symphony orchestras, bigbands or brassbands. His recent band "HANDS
ON " - a quintet with young and upcoming Australian musicians
has been touring very successfully Down Under and James intends to bring the band
on tour in
Europe anytime soon.
Besides, James is working on a new Symphony Orchestra program and
album, which will be available in the rest of the
world from spring 2010 onwards.
Nils Petter Molvaer
are very proud to announce that we now also represent Norwegian
trumpeter and composer Nils Petter Molvaer for performances in
Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Nils Petter will release a new album through Universal in March
2009 and will tour in the above territories from April 16, 2009
Youn Sun Nah
Paris based singer Youn Sun Nah has just finished the recording of
her next album "Voyage" which showcases her unique
singing and compositions together with some of the finest
musicians around: Ulf Wakenius (guitar), Lars Danielsson (bass),
Mathias Eick (trumpet) and Cavier Desandre-Navarre (percussion).
album will be released in Europe in February 2009 by ACT and we
are planning a duo tour of Youn Sun Nah with Ulf Wakenius for late
March and early April 2009. The South Korean version of the album
has already been released in September 2009 and Youn Sun Nah and
Ulf Wakenius played a much celebrated tour to sold-out audiences
all over that country.