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Silhouette

Silhouette

Christina von Bülow / Fredrik Lundin

Label: Stunt
Format: CD
Barcode: 0663993911724
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Catalog number: STUCD 11172
Releasedate: 20-01-12
The great Swedish baritone saxophonist and composer Lars Gullin died over 30 years ago, but his highly personal music still lives on in his native country, and fortunately in Denmark as well. Over the years saxophonists Christina von Bülow and Fredrik Lundin have felt a great affinity for the fragile, often melancholic, lyrical qualities in Swedish jazz, and both have collaborated successfully with many Swedish musicians.
  • Christina von Bülow and Fredrik Lundin have felt a great affinity for the fragile, often melancholic, lyrical qualities in Swedish jazz, and both have collaborated successfully with many Swedish musicians
  • SILHOUETTE offers the two saxophonists the opportunity to share their love for the Scandinavian lyrical melancholia
  • Christina graduated from the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen in 1990 and studied with Stan Getz at his home in Malibu a year before his death
  • Fredrik Lundin (born 1963) is one of Scandinavia’s most important saxophonists, composer (for his own groups and for larger ensembles) and bandleaders
The great Swedish baritone saxophonist and composer Lars Gullin died over 30 years ago, but his highly personal music still lives on in his native country, and fortunately in Denmark as well. Over the years saxophonists Christina von Bülow and Fredrik Lundin have felt a great affinity for the fragile, often melancholic, lyrical qualities in Swedish jazz, and both have collaborated successfully with many Swedish musicians.

A few years ago Fredrik and Christina both played at the same booking. Backstage, Fredrik was practicing Gullin’s composition “Silhouette” on his recently acquired baritone sax, when an alto sax began to weave around the tune. Christina walked in, and the band SILHOUETTE was born.

SILHOUETTE offers the two saxophonists the opportunity to share their love for the Scandinavian lyrical melancholia. The band’s debut in the fall of 2008 was the first time they performed together, although they have both been all over the Danish and European jazz scene for the past 20 years and despite their obvious musical kinship.

The band is made up of a mixture of seasoned performers – the two co-leaders and the fantastic guitarist Jacob Fischer (who was a member of Peter Gullin’s trio some years ago) – and two new stars: Swedish (though a resident of Denmark) bassist Daniel Franck and drummer Jeppe Gram.
Christina von Bülow (born 1962) is the daughter of guitarist Fritz von Bülow. She graduated from the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen in 1990 and studied with Stan Getz at his home in Malibu a year before his death. Getz became a mentor for the young saxophonist, but the legendary alto player Lee Konitz has also been a huge influence on Christina’s lyrical approach to music. Since the late 1980’s, she has led her own groups, often made up of prominent musicians from the Danish jazz scene: guitarist Jacob Fischer, pianists Ben Besiakov, Horace Parlan and Søren Kristiansen and bassist Hugo Rasmussen. But she has also found many collaborators in Sweden: clarinetist Putte Wickman, guitarist Rune Gustafsson, bassist Georg Riedel – but especially trumpeter Jan Allan and tenor saxophonist Bernt Rosengren, with whom she has recorded and toured. She has recorded several albums in her own name and was nominated for a Danish Music Award for “West of the Moon” in 2001 and “A Prima Vez” in 2004. She was awarded the JASA Prize in 1994, the Ben Webster Prize in 2002 and the Palæ Prize in 2009.

Fredrik Lundin (born 1963) is one of Scandinavia’s most important saxophonists, composers and bandleaders. He has co-lead bands with Peter Danemo and Joakim Milder, and worked with Trine-Lise Væring, but he is also a prolific composer for his own groups and for larger ensembles. He is been greatly influenced by the saxophonists of the ‘50s and ‘60s, while shaping his own personal sound. He is difficult to categorize, and one example of his unprejudiced approach to music is his 11-piece orchestra Overdrive, whose music is inspired by American blues and roots music. His Gullin interpretations are another. He has a long list of releases to his name. He received the JASA Prize in 1986 and the composers’ organization DJBFA’s Honorary Award in 1995, as well as the National Art Foundation’s three-year scholarship.