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Thomas Backman Summer Jazz Series

Thu—6-27-2019
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Photo by Liam Warton

THURSDAY—June 277:30 PM
Pre-concert reception—7 PM
$15 ($10 ASF Members)
Series pass $60 ($45 ASF Members)

Our popular Summer Jazz Series returns to Scandinavia House! This summer we’re presenting performances from some of Scandinavia’s most talented young jazz musicians, composers, and singers from June 20 through July 11. Join us for a reception on the Volvo Hall terrace starting at 7 PM, followed by the concert at 7:30 PM.

Swedish reedplayer Thomas Backman joins us on saxophone and clarinet with Josefine Lindstrand (keyboard, vocals), Oskar Schönning (bass, guitar), and Julia Schabbauer (drums, vocals), with original compositions that blend elements of bebop and free jazz with hip hop, indie pop, and chamber music for a pioneering and unique take on the jazz genre. On this evening, they’ll be performing selections from Backman’s critically acclaimed debut album Did You Have A Good Day, David?.

 

“The Swedish quartet’s mixture of slow-burn yearning widescreen chamber pop with elements of jazz and electronica deserves wider attention.”—London Jazz News

“A personal music that breaks the imagination of traditional improvisation without templates or copying something else… Jazz for a new generation.” –Gefle Dagblad

This concert has been made possible through the generous support of SWEA New Jersey.

About the Musicians

Thomas Backman has worked in a band member in several of Sweden’s most reputable groups and with the most prominent artists in the country. In 2016, the Thomas Backman band was formed with Thomas and some of his favorite award-winning Swedish musicians, and they have since performed and recorded with artists such as Django Bates, Uri Caine, Filip Jers, and Loney Dear. In August 2018, Thomas Backman released his critically acclaimed debut album Did You Have A Good Day, David?, with nine songs composed by Thomas, including three with lyrics by Josefine Lindstrand

Thomas Backman:

Summer Jazz Series

This summer we’re presenting performances from some of Scandinavia’s most talented young jazz musicians, composers, and singers from June 20 through July 11. All concerts begin at 7:30 PM, following a 7 PM reception on our Volvo Hall terrace.

June 20: Sigmar Matthíasson’s ÁRÓRA
June 24: Mikkel Ploug Trio
June 25: Kari Ikonen Trio
June 27: Thomas Backman
July 11: Jostein Gulbrandsen Trio

 
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