In Django Reinhardt's footsteps
Gustav Lundgren, Olli Soikkeli & Martin Sjöstedt
In this concert, three virtuoses come together to the swinging rhythms of Django Reinhardt. It is the young but already well-established guitarist Olli Soikkeli from Finland who meets one of today’s most prominent Swedish jazz guitarists, Gustav Lundgren, and the extraordinary Uppsala-born jazz bassist Martin Sjöstedt.
Born in Nurmes, Finland and based in NYC, Soikkeli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz, which has been his primary focus since. Olli played in jazz clubs and festivals across Finland, and toured Europe with Sinti Guitarist Paulus Schäfer. While still young, he’s already played with notable artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Tommy Emmanuel, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu. After moving to New York City in 2014, Olli has played legendary venues such as Town Hall, Herbst Theatre, Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note, Iridium and the Lincoln Center.
Olli recorded his first album “Trois Générations” (2011) with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli and recorded his second album “Kouvola Junction” (2012) with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud van den Berg.
Rhythm Future Quartet – co-led by Olli with violinist Jason Anick – released its debut album (2014) followed by ‘Travels’ (2016), receiving rave reviews including Best Albums of 2016 by Huffington Post and All About Jazz magazines. The Fall of 2018 marked the release of their newest album, “Rhythm Future Quartet and Friends”, which features the critically acclaimed singer Cyrille Aimée, brazil’s top bandolimist Hamilton de Holanda, and guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg.
Last few years Olli has been exploring musically. 2017 toured and recorded album ‘Rise and Grind’ together with virtuoso accordionist Julien Labro. 2018 Olli started a duo project with New York based Brazilian 7-string guitarist Cesar Garabini playing mostly Brazilian Choro music. Early 2019 Olli recorded with Grammy award winning pianist Marian Petrescu.
Gustav Lundgren is one of Sweden's most prominent jazz guitarists right now. He was born in Stockholm 1980, started to play guitar at age 12. He studied music in Stockholm, Bollnäs and Svalöv between 1996-2000. Gustav started to play at clubs around Stockholm at age 16 and made his first tour to Spain with his own trio at age 19. Gustav has toured Japan, USA, Argentina, Indonesia, Portugal, England, Brazil, France, Syria, Turkey, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Italy, Algeria, Latvia, Switzerland, Austria, Moldova, Ukraine, Transnistria, Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway & Finland with different jazz groups. He has released over 700 songs & his music has been streamed more than 40 million times. Gustav Lundgren has been working with names like: Jimmy Rosenberg, Chris Cheek, Jorge Rossy, Doug Weiss, Antoine Boyer, Bill McHenry, Lelo Nika, Samson Schmitt, The Swedish House Mafia, Kleerup, Petra Marklund, Miriam Bryant, AronChupa & Anne Sofie von Otter.
Gustav Lundgren is well known within Jazz, Gypsy Swing, MPB and House. He has also composed & recorded music for TV commercials & TV shows and produced albums for artists like Jelena Jakubovitch, Lili Araujo, Luiz Murá, Stockholm Swing All Stars, Celia Mur, Lisa Östergren and Hot Club de Suede. Gustav has performed in both TV and Radio in many different countries including the USA.
In 2004 Gustav was honored with his own signature guitar model from AJL-Guitars.
In 2005 he received the Louis Armstrong Scholarship. In 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2016 he was honored with grants from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee. In 2015 he received the Albin Hagström Scholarship and the Second Line Jazzband Scholarship.
Martin Sjöstedt was born in Uppsala in 1978. Martin started out his professional career already at the age of 16, most of the time as a bass player together with local musicians from Uppsala but soon became increasingly well known on the Stockholm jazz scene. Three years later, in 1977, Martin left his hometown for studies at the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm. Because of all touring and concerts Martin had no chance to complete his studies and therefore left school already after one year. At the same time he was given the place as the bass player in Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, one of the major contemporary big bands in Europe. This opportunity gave Martin a great platform, not only to develop his musical talent, but also his skills of writing and composing music. It also gave him the chance to meet and play with some of the greatest contemporary artists around.
In 2002, Martin released his first album, Mondeo, as a bandleader. After the release of this record Martin became one of the major voices on the jazz scene. With his style of playing he also changed the path of the bass tradition in Sweden. With early role models as Ray Brown, Sam Jones and Paul Chambers Martin reclaimed the acoustic and powerful sound of the double bass, often played without an amp. Together with a high sense for harmony and lines coming out from his piano playing in combination with his knowledge and passion for jazz Martin started getting attention from the international scene. Martin has since the release of Mondeo launched 6 records under his own name. As a bass player you will find him on more than one hundred records.