Anna Lundqvist Music

 

ANNA LUNDQVIST QUINTET

 

“..Anna sings with sparkling rhythmics,
feeling and energy, combined with
vigorous playing by all instrumentalists…”

” A young new group, ALQfBA, is truly the
prototype for young, skillful, and
freshly progressive jazz musicians of today.”

“Her second album, feat B Almgren on saxophone,
contains a long row of strong, personal
compositions and is driven forward by a
delightful energy and natural quality to
the smallest detail. First-rate.”

 
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ABOUT ALQ:

Anna Lundqvist Quartet was formed in 2005. In 2009, the line-up became a quintet, and we adopted the extended band name Anna Lundqvist Quartet feat. Björn Almgren.

Since we were both playing as a quartet and a quintet it maked sence to us but it caused to much confusion so now we have shortened it up with:

A L Q (stands for Anna Lundqvist Quintet). Daniel Fredar was the piano player in the band up to the release of the first album, BORDERLINE FIESTA, in September 2009. On the same album, saxophone player Kristian Harborg made a guest appearance. Fabian Kallerdahl became the new piano player in the band. Around that time I decided to expand, and the saxophone player Björn Almgren joined us as a permanent member. With this line-up, we released our second album, CITY, in September 2010. In October 2012 we released our third cd, BEFORE YOU I WAS ALMOST FINE. A new sound together with lyrics writer Lovisa Tavér, who has written all the lyrics for this record.

The band is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The repertoire is mainly built on my material and our musical communication, our musicality and our personalities. Every gig starts off as ablank sheet. A new challange. We try to keep our minds open so that everything can happen. Music that’s organic, true and alive. 2015 ALQ celebrates a 10 year anniversary. Release of TEN (APRIL 2015), a live/best of-album with 12 tracks of the band’s most poular songs. 2017 ALQ starts the work with next album MEWE, relase September 2017.

Fabian Kallerdahl (b 1977), piano

One of Sweden’s most esteemed piano players. An amazingly musical and sensitive musician! Every song feels new each time we play, through his constant presence, personal language and interest in developing my compositions. He received the Jazz in Sweden Award in 2006, and in addition to my band, he also plays with the groups MusicMusicMusic, The Splendor, Anderas Gidlund Quartet, The World etc. Studied at the Academy of Music in Gothenburg. Home-grown from Gothenburg. www.fabiankallerdahl.com

Mattias Grönroos (b 1977), bass

I was captivated from the very first note. Mattias’ output and personality is unique among double bass players. His touch and his energy go “straight through the screen”, and the fact that he, just like me, was into old school hip hop and hard rock/riff rock came as no surprise. All this output comes with a natural musicality and a brilliant technical skill. He also plays with Andreas Gildlund Quartet, Evan Svensson Trio and Mats Eriksson/Mattias Grönroos Duo. Studied at the Academy of Music in Gothenburg. Bollnäs (bandybandy) kid. www.gidlund.com

Jon-Erik Björänge (b 1978), drums

An artist. A never-ceasing source of ideas and impulses. Dynamics and tension. We met while studying together at Skurups Folkhögskola. Strangely enough, we didn’t play much together back then, but I was very impressed with his playing and his music. Playing with Jon-Erik is to feel a complete presence and musicality. All this combined with outstanding groove and timing. He also plays with Fredar Quartet and Håkan Levin/Johannes Landgren etc. Has a Master of Arts degree from the Academy of Music in Gothenburg. Born and raised in the jazz festival town of Sandviken. www.fredar.se

Björn Almgren (b 1968), saxophone

We were only loosely acquainted when I saw Björn at a concert with Per Lindvall, where he appeared as a guest. It quickly became very clear that I wanted him in my band, as a guest to start with. Pretty soon, we decided that we wanted him as a permanent member, and so the quintet was born. The few times we’ve happened to play without Björn, we’ve felt amputated, like something was missing. A more uncompromising musician is hard to find. Björn plays straight from the heart without thinking, sorting or adjusting. That is always the impression you get when you play with him. He has his own style, piercing through everything with his musicality, energy and electricity. It’s so amazingly liberating. Björn also plays with Håkan Hellström, Johan Björklund Dynamic Flavours, Martina Almgren etc. You can also see him in the band of the TV show “På Spåret”. Born in Scania, raised in Gothenburg. Studied improvisation at the Academy of Music in Gothenburg. www.myspace.com/grizzlyalgreen