Born: October 9, 1977 Primary Instrument: Clarinet, bass
Swedish jazz pioneer Nils Berg has been active on the European Jazz Scene since the debut record of his band The Stoner in 2004. As a composer he won’t dodge projects that cross over conventional borders - collaborations with electronica artist Forss, choreographer Dorte Olesen, and his current trio “Nils Berg Cinemascope” to mention a few. Born 1977 in Gothenburg, Sweden into a musical family. After moving to Stockholm he attends to the Royal Music Academy for studies of composition, improvisation and the woodwinds, while exploring new musical grounds in between jazz and indie pop together with bands like Oskar Schönning, ”Peter Bjorn And John” and Forss. In 2000, he wins “Jazzverk 2000”, a nationwide competition for big band composers. 2004 marked the birth of his quartet ”the Stoner”, and his first solo record was released in 2007, when he was also given the ”Jazz in Sweden”-award. Through the years he has played with major Swedish jazz acts like Rebecka Törnqvist, Goran Kajfes and Lina Nyberg, when not on the road with pop afficionados Loney Dear or Mando Diao.
2004 Recording debut as a bandleader. The Stoner releases Upp till kamp (APCD003)
2005 Creates the opening show for Umeå International Jazz Festival together with electronica artists Forss, Borg, and the dance company Beef Noodles.
2006 Writes the music for contemporary dance shows Måndag (Dorte Olesen Produktion, Dansens Hus) and Martha vet �� allt om lycka (Minna Krook, Zebra-dans)
2007 Records 2007 year's Jazz-in-Sweden-record for Caprice Records. Touring Europe with Nils Berg 5. Releases the album Hat Music with The Stoner. Playing with among others, Paavo, Oskar Schönning and Mando Diao. The Stoner performs at Cape Town International Jazz Festival in South Africa.
2008 Forms Nils Berg Cinemascope, begins to incorporate video in the composition process. Touring Japan, USA and Europe with Mando Diao. Records the album Hat Music with The Stoner in the small Czech village of Svarov. The Stoner tours Finland, Syria and Germany. Records the Belgrade Tapes in Belgrade, touring Serbia with Oskar Schönning.
2009 Releases The Stoner's fourth album Hat Music. Plays during the year with among others, indie band Skriet, Mikael Augustsson's DynaMike and Paavo. Works over the year with developing the repertoaire of Nils Berg Cinemascope.
2010 Running the weekly jazz club Strand Jazz at Hornstull Strand Etablissemang in Stockholm. Performs over the year at Strand Jazz with a series of guest artists, including Lina Nyberg, Jonas Kullhammar and Sofia Jernberg. Performs at Jazz Baltica in Germany with Nils Landgren and Michael Wollny. Tours Sweden, Greece and Czech Republic with 2010 year's Jazz-in-Sweden-Artist Samuel Hällkvist. Co-operation with Irish guitarist Shane Latimer. Recording the debut album of Nils Berg Cinemascope.
Nils Berg Cinemascope: Popmotion (Hoob Jazz HOOBCD023) The Stoner: “Hat Music” (Hoob Jazz HOOBCD014) Nils Berg: Sailors Dancing In The Fight Hall (Caprice Records CAP21768) The Stoner: “The New Pink” (Hoob Jazz HOOBCD006) The Stoner: “Upp till kamp” (Apart Records APCD003) Stoner+Forss+Borg: ”The Lektor Tapes” (Hoob Jazz HOOBCD004) Oskar Schönning: ”Oskar Schönning” (Bonnier- Amigo AMCD908) Oskar Schönning: ”Happy Jazz Please” (Bonnier- Amigo AMCD915) Sofia Karlsson: ”Svarta ballader” (Bonnier-Amigo AMCD756) Josef och Erika: ”Wallpaper Stories” (Footprint Records FRCD023) Yttling Jazz: “Oh Lord Why Can’t I Keep My Big Mouth Shut” (Headspin Records Head004) Lina Nyberg: ”Tellus” (Mooserobie MMPCD046)
www.thenilsberg.com www.nilsbergcinemascope.com www.thestoner.com www.oskarschonning.com www.hoobrecords.com
Hat Music (Hoob Records, 2011)
Sailors Dancing In The Fight Hall (Caprice Records, 2007)
The New Pink (Hoob Records, 2006)
The Lektor Tapes (Hoob Records, 2005)
Upp Till Kamp (Hoob Records, 2004)
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