Harald Svensson

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Harald Svensson

Praised jazz pianist in, among others, Priming Orchestra, here with solo repertoire.

Harald Svensson grew up in Stockholm, where he studied classical music and listened to pop, before his interest in jazz and improvisation took over. In the 70's he toured extensively with EGBA, Sweden's perhaps first "fusion band", and trombonist Eje Thelin. Along with the latter, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California (1978) and most of the major festivals in Europe were visited.

Together with saxophonist Thomas Gustafsson, among others, he started "Entra Chameleon" in 1978, which in the 80's consolidated its position as the country's most innovative and creative jazz group under the shorter "ENTRA".
The time with "ENTRA" brought Harald to the west coast and "the musical openness that characterizes jazz music in Gothenburg". Here he also came into contact with Gunnar Eriksson, the Gothenburg Chamber Choir and the Riilke ensemble, with whom he performed diligently both as a soloist and composer.

In 2019, Harald released the album "Sketches And Fancies", together with eleven musicians with a wide age range. Read the nice review in Orkesterjournalen: https://orkesterjournalen.com/harald-svensson-undecet/

Rikskonserter crowned him in 1998 as "Jazz in Sweden artist" of the year ", which resulted in the critically acclaimed CD album" Vanished into the blue ".

Harald Svensson has worked with several of the country's creative musicians as well as with international personalities, including Johnny Dyany, Okay Temiz, Nils Landgren, Eje Thelin, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, John Surman and Eddie Harris.

Guest of honor at Umeå Jazz Festival 2012