Bio and presstexts
Jacob Karlzon applies a concrete image when he speaks about his music: “We are modern people with a history, and it is precisely this which I want to reflect in my music. I am fascinated with the possibilities of new technologies. However, I also need a sense of warmth and a connection with the earth in order to feel happy”. - A wide horizon thus, which also includes unusual facets, especially for a piano virtuose: Metal and electro have their place in his music as well as folk songs from his Swedish homeland. With such an open attitude, Karlzon balances the depths of his musical ideas and achieves vibrant pulsating soundscapes in a spectrum from light to energetic, fragile to powerful, organic to electronic – sometimes all at once. He calls his creations - his ability to bring into harmony his musical skills and preferences – 'Technorganic', in a free play of transcending musical borders. It is precisely in this way that he has expanded European jazz in recent years.
His stupendous technique and his tremendous sensibility made him a popular 'sideman' already in his early career. He accompanied stars like Silje Nergaard, Nils Landgren, and Viktoria Tolstoy. He shared the stage with Billy Cobham, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone and other greats of his genre. And with the growing reputation of his musical play, his own projects also received growing recognition. In 2010 he was awarded the Swedish Django d'Or and was voted Jazz Musician of the Year in Sweden. Being elected into the renowned group of Steinway-Artists in 2012 was an international recognition of excellence.
So far, Karlzon has produced eleven albums under his own name, the most recent one, Open Waters, under Warner Music. Besides solo recordings and the previous quintet- and quartetproductions, he works primarily with his trio-formation as a creative unit. Since the artistic- and musical profile has changed over the years, so have the members of the group.
Jacob Karlzon's music resides in the intersections where Scandinavian expressions such as space, melancholy and sensitivity blend with heat and passion.
Jacob has been compared to such luminaries as Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Sweden’s own legendary pianist Jan Johansson. His playing style boasts technical brilliance, great rhythmic and harmonic complexity and a perfect feeling for form.
The line-up today is with the amazing musicians Morten Ramsbøl on bass and drummer Rasmus Kihlberg. Both have collaborated together with Jacob in many longtime-projects over the years, where groups like Viktoria Tolstoy Group and Human Factor can be mentioned. There is a deep, mutual understanding between the three of them in all aspects of music from many different genres.
Jacob Karlzon is always on the search for new places, - not only in his music. After concerts in Europe, the trio toured China and the USA. Despite his rising fame and his journeys to ever more distant countries, he always likes to return to the beginnings of his career and his early musical ideas: 'I got into jazz because I loved improvisation. And this kind of spontaneous play achieves ever new levels in the direct communication with the audience, in the exchange of energy and emotion. Performing live for an audience is for me the original place of music, an ecstatic experience on both sides.
"Open Waters" (Warner Music) 2019
"Now" (Warner Music) 2016
"One" (Contemplate) 2015
"Shine" (ACT) 2014
"More" (ACT) 2012
"The Big Picture" (Stunt Records) 2011
"Heat" (Caprice Records) 2009
"Improvisational" (Caprice Records) 2008
"Big5" (Prophone Records) 2003
"Today" (Prophone Records) 2002
"Going Places" (Prophone Records) 1998
"Take Your Time“ (Dragon Records) 1996