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30.09.2014

We're happy to let you know that "Liberetto II" has been nominated for the most important independent German music critic's award "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" ("German Record Critics' Award") in the category "Jazz - modern / contemporary".
The nomination is public. The jury will select one winner in this group which will be published on November 15th (or earlier).

Jury Jazz II
Stefano Bollani: Joy In Spite Of Everything (ECM)
Lars Danielsson: Liberetto II (ACT)
Hiromi: Alive (Telarc)
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden: Last Dance (ECM)
KJ Dave Doran & Christy Doran: XL - Target (Unit)
Jan Klare: Solo (Poise)
Eva Kruse: In Water (Redhorn)
Louis Sclavis: Silk And Salt Melodies (ECM)
The Bad Plus: Inevitable Western (Okeh)
Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer: Wiring (Intakt)

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Press release
Welcome back Jan Lundgren

Munich & Stockholm, September 30th, 2014 (ACT)

Jan Lundgren Siggi Loch Stockholm 2014 c ACTACT signs a new, long-term, exclusive contract with Jan Lundgren – Siggi Loch and Lundgren put pen to paper on September 26th in Stockholm.

Lundgren, who released four albums on ACT between 2005 and 2009, returns to the label on which he celebrated his biggest success – the album "Mare Nostrum" (with Paolo Fresu and Richard Galliano) that, with over 50.000 units sold, ranks among the most successful in ACT's 22-year history.

Lundgren is part of a tradition of Swedish jazz pianists such as Jan Johansson, Bobo Stensson and Esbjörn Svensson whose style is influenced by traditional Swedish and European Classical music as well as American jazz. Aside from his work as a pianist and composer, Jan Lundgren is founder and artistic director of the "Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival".

For his second ACT debut, Jan Lundgren will appear as a sideman on "Kind of Cool", the next album by German drummer & bandleader Wolfgang Haffner, and his concert in the "Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic" on December 10th, 2014. Jan Lundgren's next album as a leader is planned for 2015.

Jan Lundgren: JLT release concert at Duc des Lombards in Paris & live radio show at France
Musique / Un mardi idéal

June 10, 2014

JLT will perform a unique concert at the renowned Duc des Lombards jazz club in Paris on june 16. The day after, he will appear live as a guest on the Un mardi idéal ("A Perfect Tuesday") programme (22:30 t0 24:00 CET) of France Musique, part of the Radio France group. Visit the show's web page for details: Un mardi idéal. You can listen to the broadcast on the radio, the internet or as a podcast.

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Jan Lundgren: recording session & release concert
with legendary Bengt Hallberg

September 2, 2011

Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren has once again entered the recording studio, this time together with Swedish jazz piano legend Bengt Hallberg (aged 79), for a double piano session. The result is a new CD, Back to Back, VOLENZA VMCD 105. The release is going to coincide with an exclusive concert at  Stockholm Concert Hall on september 9.
 
It will be a unique situation with a two generation gap and still improvising in the same language. Bengt Hallberg is back after a nine year pause. Seven tracks are their own compositions, three by Bengt Hallberg, two by Jan Lundgren and two by them together. Among the others you´ll find Sweet Georgia Brown, Maple Leaf Rag and Polka du Roi (Charles Trénet).
 
The concert is advertised under the same title, Back to Back, since the two are seated back to back on the stage.

Back to Back@Konserthuset Stockholm, 9/9/11
Back to Back Album Cover / press pictures

HR Music@jazzahead! Bremen

April 26, 2011

With over 1,500 professional participants from Germany, Europe and overseas, jazzahead! is the networking platform of the jazz industry. HR Music will be in Bremen and promote its fine artist roster, including newly signed pianist Jordi Rossy (formerly Jorge Rossy, longtime drummer of the Brad Mehldau Trio) and Swiss born, Hamburg based trombonist Christophe Schweizer with 'Moonsun'. We are happy to announce that Kuara (ECM, 2010), featuring Markku Ounaskari, Samuli Mikkonen and Per Jørgensen will perform a showcase as part of the 'European Jazz Meeting' at Borgward Saal on april 29 at 4:30 pm. Looking forward to meeting you in Bremen!

Jan Lundgren article in 'Musica Jazz' (IT)

July 13, 2010

An extended portrait on Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren, written by Michael Alberga, has been published in the july edition of 'Musica Jazz', Italy's oldest and most important jazz magazine. Read the whole article here.

Jan Lundgren: no 1 in Jazz Journal Critics Poll

March 1, 2010

UK Jazz Journal's Critics Poll, consisting of 30 jazz reviewers, selected the album The Film Music of Ralph Rainger with bassist Chuck Bergofer, pianist Jan Lundgren and drummer Joe LaBarbera (released by Fresh Sound in 2008) as no 1 album of the year, together with Tomasz Stanko's Dark Eyes album (ECM)

Jan Lundgren: Originals selected for new series of Wallander movies

René Hess, february 2010

The two original compositions "Avenue de Wagram" and "Belgian Blues" by Swedish jazz pianist Jan Lundgren as well as "Waltz for Philipp", composed by bassist Mattias Svensson, (a long-time member of the Jan Lundgren Trio) have been selected for a new series of films about Henning Mankell's popular detective Kurt Wallander. The two movies in question are "The Phantom" and "The Heritage". Both will be released (together with the whole series) in Scandinavia as DVD during spring 2010. All 13 movies will be shown on TV4 in Sweden and Canal+ during 2009-2011. The first movie, The Revenge, premiered on cinemas in Sweden in 2009 and attracted around 130,000 visitors.

All 13 movies are co-productions between Yellowbird, TV4 Sweden and ARD/DEGETO in Germany. Pianist Jan Lundgren lives and works in Ystad on the Baltic sea, the home town of the legendary Kurt Wallander.

Lars Danielsson : Tarantella elected jazz album of the year 2009 at NDR

ACT, january 2010

We are happy to announce, that the album Tarantella (ACT 9477-2) by Lars Danielsson was awarded album of the year 2009 by the listeners of NDR radio, one of Germanys’ biggest public radio stations. The album features Lars Danielsson’s close musical partner Leszek Mozdzer on piano and also enhances the successful duo with Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick, British guitarist John Parricelli, and the American drummer Eric Harland.

Stefan Gerdes, editor of NDR play jazz stated: “Lars Danielsson is a modern romanticist with a big heart and a big tone. The music on Tarantella has been recorded with the sound of today but flows so timelessly and seductive, that it makes you want to float on it through the day. It’s hard to choose what to admire more about Danielsson: For his achievement as an instrumentalist, as a bandleader, as a composer – as a creator of strong, memorable and at the same time fresh melodies, as they are rarely to be found in jazz.