Born: October 9, 1977 Primary Instrument: Clarinet, bass
Instruments: Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Computer
BIO Swedish jazz pioneer Nils Berg is one of the most influential voices in nordic jazz. With his quartet, The Stoner, he has made a name for himself both in Sweden and internationally, and in 2007 he received the prestigious Jazz-in- Sweden-award.. As a composer he won’t dodge projects that cross over conventional borders - collaborations with electronica artist Forss and choreographer Dorte Olesen to name a couple. His trio Nils Berg Cinemascope is a prime example of this, fusing jazz together with video clips of musicians from all over the globe gathered from YouTube.
Nils was 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 Loney Dear. In 2000, he wins “Jazzverk 2000”, a nationwide competition for big band composers. 2004 marked the birth of his quartet ”the Stoner”. His first solo record was released in 2007, when he was also given the ”Jazz in Sweden”-award.
LINKS www.thenilsberg.com www.nilsbergcinemascope.com www.thestoner.com www.oskarschonning.com www.hoobrecords.com
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.
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.
2011 Touring Europe with bands The Stoner, Paavo and czech guitarist David Doruzka. The debut record of his new trio Nils Berg Cinemascope is released, recieveing praize in international press such as Downbeat and Rolling Stone.
2012 Nils Berg Cinemascope tours Japan and plays at, among others, Thalia Theater and the Elbjazz Festival in Hamburg. Other collaborations during the year with Bo Kaspers Orkester, Oskar Schönning and Paavo. Touring Canada and Europe with Josef & Erika.
2013 Collaboration with South African musicians Mark Fransman, Jonno Sweetman and Shane Cooper in Capetown. Tours Europe, Argentina and Georgia with MMM, Dynamike and Matti Bye Ensemble, and Scandinavia as a member of the Håkan Hellström band. In November, Vocals, a short film directed by Nils Berg premiers in Gothenburg.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY Nils Berg Cinemascope: Vocals (Hoob Jazz HOOBCD038) 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)
Awards:2000 Wins 1st prize in the Swedish national composer's competition "Jazzverk 2000" 2007 Recieves the Jazz-in-Sweden award and tours with Concerts Sweden. 2013 Swedish Arts Council - 2 year composer's scholarship 2014 Swedish Arts Council - Vancouver composer's residence scholarship
Nils Berg Cinemascope, VocalsHoob Records, 2013 Popmotion (Hoob Records, 2011)
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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