and Art is a quartet which often combines painting and
poetry. Their individual improvisational abilities, a sensitive
and dynamic group interplay, the joy of playing, and melodic beauty
are all forged together while they uphold the essential "elements
of swing" in their music.
The character and artistry of Jazz
and Art's original compositions, and the conviction with which
they perform those and classic tunes, are shaped by the fact that
each of the band members have long, creative and productive musical
before the turn of the millenary, I met pianist Sten Löfman
at the Art Museum of Gothenburg. Our conversation during the
intermission resulted in us getting together to play.
time, a quartet was formed together with bassist Clas Engwall and
drummer Gunnar Pettersson. Gunnar had been a substitute musician
in my quintet in the 80's, and we had talked about playing together
again. Clas and Gunnar were already performing together in other
groups, and Sten was also an old musician buddy of theirs.
group was named ”Jazz and Art” since
we sometimes include poetry, lyrical songs and live painting in our
performances. Jazz goes through it all, like a blue veil of smoke.
The swing element is extremely important, but beauty also has its
place. Our repertoire is based on jazz classics and our own material.
Sten Löfman (piano)
is one of those musicians who already in the beginning of the 60's
stretched the boundaries of jazz through free-form jazz, musical
theatre, happenings, improvised music/lyrics and co-operation with
dancers, actors and poets.
Sten has mostly led his own improvisation
groups but he has also performed with the Gothenburg Jazz Quintet,
Enar Johnsson's Sextet, Öyvind
Eigar's Septet and others. Sten moves very freely between different
styles of music and has therefore performed in a great variety of
musical contexts. He has, for example, accompanied American blues
singer Barbara Dane, South African singer Jennifer Ferguson, and
worked with actors such as Maria Hörnelius, Sonja Gube and
released his first jazz LP in 1980 and he recently made a very
well received solo piano album, ”Glänta”(”Glade”).
2000, Bengt and Sten started a quartet where painting, poetry and
jazz are part of the performance.
painter and musician, started his first ensemble in the 70's. In
1980, Bengt started a quintet with Ulf Bandgren, Raymond Karlsson,
Per-Ola Gadd and Tommy Kotter (who joined in 1982), toured all over
Sweden and recorded a highly praised LP, ”Vackert Väder” (”Beautiful
Weather”). In 1986, Bengt's quintet played at the prestigious
Skeppsholmen Jazz Festival in Stockholm, earning them well deserved attention
and many new gigs. He recorded the LP ”Pictures” in 1985,
and his first CD, in 1992, with Lars Andersson, Torbjörn Gultz,
Pål Christensen and Göran Kroon.
2002 Bengt released another CD, ”The Painter's Dance”,
recorded at the Glenn Miller Club in Stockholm, and the critics gave
it fantastic reviews. It features Torbjörn Gultz on piano, Filip
Augustsson on bass and Sebastian Voegler on drums. Since 2000, Bengt
and Sten have a quartet, ”Jazz and Art”. They tour
all over Sweden with their delightful mixture of jazz, live painting
and poetry. Bengt Andersson passed away the 24th of october 2008.
Clas Engwall (double
bass) has many years of experience as a musician, both nationally
and internationally. By the end of the 60's, he established himself
in Gothenburg and, among other groups, played in ”Göteborgs Musikkvartett” (”The Gothenburg
Music Quartet”) and Enar Jonsson's Quartet, of which Sten Löfman
was also a member.
left Gothenburg in the mid-70's, and after some time he ended
up in), The Visby Big Band Regionsmusiken (a regionally sponsored
music ensemble). After that he played in a big band in Linköping
and worked as a freelance musician with several musicians from
the international elite, such as Kenny Drew, Horace Parlan, Don
Menza, Bob Wilber, Roland Hanna, Ernie Wilkins and others.
a short period in Switzerland with American singer Jan Harrington,
he returned to Gothenburg in 1989. At present he is also a member
of Gugge Hedrenius' Big Blues Band, Bopblicity and Bo Kenne Quartet.
Gunnar Pettersson (drums) has for many years
been one of Sweden's most established drummers and a phenomenon
on brushes. Gunnar
has played in many different contexts, with Gilbert Holmström
in Mount Everest, with Totta's Blues Band, touring the Nordic
countries with Ron Wood (Rolling Stones' guitarist), Gugge Hedrenius
B B B and Bopblicity.
He has also played at Göteborgs Stadsteater
(the Gothenburg City Theatre) for 17 years, in the TV program ”Go'Morron
8 years, in countless other TV programs and as a guest artist in various
big bands, as well as an accompanist to most of our famous Swedish artists
such as Svante Turesson, Monica Borrfors, Viktoria Tolstoy, Eva-Britt
Strandberg and others.