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Born: June 16, 1969    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Bjorn Wennas

Boston based composer and guitarist Bjorn Wennas is an active musician in Boston and it’s surroundings. He currently co-leads leads his own quintet together with Carmen Marsico featuring his original compositions drawing inspiration from both rock and jazz tradition as well as from contemporary music.

Bjorn made his debut on stage at the age of 12 with the Flamenco group Los Dos Jovenes led by acclaimed guitarist and educator Miroslav Simic. Bjorn eventually developed an interest in jazz and went on to play guitar in several big bands and smaller ensembles. Most notably performing with big bands under the direction of Johnny Olsson at Berns and Mosebacke in Stockholm. Bjorn has performed in some of the most distinguished jazz clubs in Sweden such as Fashing in Stockholm and Katalin in Uppsala....
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Praise

“His beautiful tone, which lends itself to his beautiful melodies, as well as his talent, warm personality and skills as a guitarist and composer are wonderful assets to be shared with the world.” - JOHN DAMIAN, JAZZ GUITARIST

...his dark-toned, electric lines surge forward with capacious voicings and probing chord progressions. ...Wennas conveys a mature vision during the preponderance of these craftily arranged works, awash with subtle surprises and the soloists hearty sojourns. - GLENN ASTARITA, JAZZREVIEW.COM

Bjorn Wennas has the chops you’d expect of someone who emigrated from Sweden to study at Berklee with guitar gurus Mick Goodrick and Jon Damian. But the emphasis on his second CD is composition and ensemble interplay. The lead-off track, “Song 2,” begins with bassist Bruno Raberg belting out a phlegmy ostinato with his bow; he’s soon joined by drummer Ziv Ravitz’s funky backbeat and a zig-zagging boppish unison line voiced by Wennas, trumpeter Phil Grenadier, and singer Carmen Marsico. On the title track, a wandering melody unwinds over a ballad tempo, with Wennas and Grenadier trading background and foreground lines, giving way for a Raberg solo, and then fading on Wennas’s soft-voiced chords. Wennas can also play a slow solo and sustain it, as he does on “L’uomo e la montagna,” a sextet number with Michael Reis on piano. Marsico’s vocals don’t even enter until a good six minutes into the eight-and-a-half-minute piece... Wennas’s arrangements are never predictable, and that includes the familiar “Ruby My Dear” (a duo for voice and guitar) and “Lonnie’s Lament.” The trio “Nardis” even gets a good walking-four groove going with some dirty rock-guitar tone. - JON GARELICK, BOSTON PHOENIX

As a Leader

Static
beartones
2005
Tracks: Song 2; Static; L'uomo e la montagna; Nardis; Ruby my dear; Lonnie's lament; J.D.; P.I.N.Y.
Personnel: Björn Wennås: Guitar, Carmen Marsico: Voice, Phil Greandier: Trumpet, Michel Reiss: Piano, Bruno Råberg: Bass, Ziv Ravitz: Drums.


Early Summer Sketch
Beartones
2002
Tracks: Off; Early summer sketch; Mind Games; For Bjorn; Love Song.
Personnel: Björn Wennås: Guitar: Carmen Marsico: Voice, Kristof Bacso: Saxophones, Jeff Denson: Bass, Ziv Ravitz: Drums.

As A Side Musician

Sogno
Carmen Marsico
Beartones
2003
Tracks: All or nothing at all; Chovendo na Roseira; Pannonica; Tensions; Just one of those things; Lonely woman; Over me; Confirmation.
Personnel: Carmen Marsico: Voice, Björn Wennås: Guitar, Megumi Yonesawa: Rhodes, Demian Cabaud: Bass, Dennis Frehse: Drums.

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Primary Instrument:
Guitar

Location:
Jamaica Plain, MA

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:
I teach privately at home, my rate is $50/hour. I also teach at Music Maker School in Acton, please visit: http://www.musicmakerschool.com for more info.

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Static
Beartones (2005)

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