Primary Instrument: Piano
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan Karlsberg has been studying and playing piano since the age of 5, with an emphasis on both classical music and jazz. He earned both Master and Bachelor degrees in jazz studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Karlsberg is active both as a performer and teacher. He performs regularly with his own group (the Dan Karlsberg Group), for which Marc Medwin in Cadence Magazine comments: “This is a group functioning on the highest level of communication and commitment… they tackle freedom and restraint with equal vigor, convincing on whatever musical front they choose.” In addition to leading his own band, Karlsberg has worked as a sideman with various musicians including Donald Harrison, John Fedchock, Don Braden, Ted Nash, Marvin Stamm, Dan Fehnle, Aurell Ray, Roni Ben-Hur, John Von Ohlen, Brad Goode, the Blue Wisp Big Band, Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, Ron Enyard, Brent Gallaher, Mike Wade, Jamey Aebersold, among many others. In July of 2007, the Dan Karlsberg Group released their first CD, The Adventures of the Dan Karlsberg Group, featuring original music, along with compositions by Andrew Hill, Lili Boulanger, and Stephen Foster. In 2010, Karlsberg and his trio are featured on Brent Gallaher’s album, Lightwave, and his own group’s second CD titled Mission to Mars and Other Short Stories. He was nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award in 2007 (jazz and new artist of the year), and again in 2008 and 2009 (jazz). As a teacher, Karlsberg is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music for the Commercial Music Production Program. He also teaches piano at the Prep. Department at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, as well as at Mehas Music in Blue Ash, and teaches annually at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.
Awards:2007 CEA Cincinnati Entertainment Award: nominee in two categories (Jazz and Best New Artist) 2008, 2009, 2010 CEA Cincinnati Entertainment Award: nominee in Jazz category
this is a group functioning on the highest level of communication and commitment...they tackle freedom and restraint with equal vigor, convincing on whatever musical front they choose.
--Marc Medwin, Cadence Magazine 2008.
Besides showcasing his hypnotic style of playing - which leans like Monk, and swings like Bill Evans, often exploding with jaw-drop energy - the album showed that the pianist's abilities as a bandleader, arranger and composer were on par with his fingerwork.
--Mike Breen, CityBeat Magazine 2008.
Lightwave (Brent Gallaher Quartet) (V&B Records, 2010)
The Adventures of the Dan Karlsberg Group (NatiJazz, 2007)
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