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Program

13 April - 20:00 h (Local Time)
ZeitHaus

Photo: Lars Landmann

EMIL BRANDQVIST TRIO

Like the layers of an oil painting, the music played by the Emil Brandqvist Trio creates complete soundscapes. These illustrative compositions are dominated by meditative sounds full of stillness and melancholy. Other pieces in the repertoire are carefree and cheerful, or characterized by resistant, contradictory structures. The precise musical teamwork of the piano trio creates both impressive and catchy melodies.

In a slight departure from the norm, the drummer is the eponymous bandleader. Swedish native Emil Brandqvist persuades with his sensitive, supportive playing. He also wrote most of the songs performed by the trio. Despite its ethereal character, the musical structure is complex. Inspired by Scandinavian nature, the tunes are perfectly arranged, yet allow plenty of space for improvisation. The cinematic, narrative qualities of his compositions have motivated Brandqvist to write for numerous film projects.

Classically-trained Tuomas A. Turunen from Finland shines on piano. His style creates striking accents, from sparkling playfulness to low key dabs of musical colour. Swedish contrabassist Max Thornberg adds lines that are sometimes rhythmic, sometimes melodic.

The Emil Brandqvist Trio captivates with a serenity that meshes the piano with accompanying instruments. This results in a finely-drawn clarity enhanced by minimalistic variation techniques, segmentations or breaks within the melodies.

"Falling Crystals", the third album recorded by the Emil Brandqvist Trio, was released in 2016. Along with their concert appearances, it has helped build the musicians' reputation as exceptionally bright northern lights.

Emil Brandqvist (drums) – Tuomas A. Turunen (piano) – Max Thornberg (double bass)