Primary Instrument: Guitar
The brainchild of Swedish guitarist/composer Samuel Hällkvist, Variety of Loud is a truly international band with a solid musical reputation. Samuel has established himself as one of the most creative and fearless guitar-ists to ever come out of Sweden.
With a contemporary progressive outlook on guitar playing and a healthy sense of lack of respect, Samuel’s flexibility and openness has made him an in-demand musician and award winning bandleader. Among the musicians Samuel has performed with are Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, Morgan Ågren, Jakko Jakszyk and Swedish chamber rock band Isildurs Bane.
Among the members of the band, we find legendary King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, certainly one of the foremost keepers of the true progressive drumming flame with his unique and imaginative approach to mix acoustic drums with electronics.
Not to be left behind, the other members of Variety of Loud are top musicians from the fields of contemporary jazz, avant-garde rock and performance art.
What you hear on the self-titled album is music without compromises but a given for anybody who has a record collection that comprises Béla Bartók, Steve Coleman, King Crimson, Mr Bungle and Ennio Morricone. This is contemporary music. Distinct and uncompromising yet emotional with an athletic beauty.
Samuel Hällkvist: “When I composed the mu-sic for the album, the guiding words for me were ‘asymmetrical dance music’. I wanted to lose control and trust what the other musicians could bring to the table. The result was some-thing I didn’t expect.”
Awards:Jazz in Sweden artist of 2010
“Imagine listening to the freest of free jazz with all its attendant skronks and honks, then suddenly realising that every note was written down the way a classical composer writes for string quartet.” /The Skinny
“Hällkvist is a musician with a unique vision.”/All About Jazz
“Masterful stuff”/Prog Rock Magazine
“Hällkvist hat und macht Feuer unterm Hintern!”/Nordische Musik
Samuel Hällkvist, Variety of Loud (2012)
Samuel Hällkvist, Return to Center (2013)
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