Great music in small format
Tranquil choir and orchestra music that has been rearranged for piano and double bass. Pieces by, among others, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Claude Debussy and Edvard Grieg. At a PianoBasso concert, you get to experience classical music in a low-key and intimate way, with a soundscape reminiscent of Jan Johansson's recordings. A common arrangement is that the music in the concert is tied together into a unit, with an element of restful improvisations between the pieces.
PianoBasso also collaborates with actress and author Sofie Ljungman. During their joint performances, PianoBasso plays his music and Sofie Ljungman reads her lyrics about the mystery of life:
“What really happens to the fish when it rests in the winter bay?
And what happens to the onion in winter?
And man, what about it? ”
Thomas Gustavsson participates as a pianist in many other contexts: a member of the world-touring New Tide Orquesta, a freelance church musician within the Church of Sweden and as an accompanist for various song and jazz singers.
Andreas Gustafson plays double bass and electric bass and is often hired as a musician in song, jazz, choir and church music contexts.
In 2016, their debut album Tranquillo was released, which received very good reviews, including LIRA (see pdf next to it). In 2019 came the sequel Tranquillo II.
Said about PianoBasso:
"Stripped meditative tones from grand piano and double bass constantly touched magical levels" - Mats Hallberg, writer on Kulturbloggen.
“PianoBasso works with a stripped-down and low-key sound image. With a meditative rhythm and suggestive timbres, there is a pleasant calm and a calm, which is restful when listening. The music is both healing and works to slow down. That is why the term 'tranquillo' is very appropriate. " - Bo Bjelvehammar, Opulens
“Spring! You want to cry. Need to calm down. The Swedish jazz duo PianoBasso (they play piano and double bass) have captured all these oxygen-smelling feelings on their new record. Imagine an updated Jan Johansson, the one whose melancholy piano clink we heard at school graduations. Alas, life! ” - M Magazine