Nils Berg has started a new band! Some of the members are: a hibernated hippie on the sitar, giggling teenagers from Brunei, a balafon master from Ghana, a shy Japanese lady and her flute, and an Indian dance group with rock hard feet.
How did this happen? A bunch of YouTube clips from all over the world got Nils started with this marathon project. The video clips have been thoroughly chopped, grinded and baked into new music. When the band performs, sax player Nils Berg is accompanied by drummer Christopher Cantillo and bassist Josef Kallerdahl on stage. Alongside the band is a film screen showing the far-away-guests, who are seen, heard and incorporated into the live music. A new quartet for each song.
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 swedish indie-darlings "Peter, Bjorn and John" and "Loney Dear" to mention a few. In 2007 he was appointed "Jazz In Sweden"-artist, touring Europe with his quintet NB5. Christopher Cantillo has been working with musicians like Bernt Rosengren, Anna Von Hausswolff and Jonas Östholm. And Josef Kallerdahl can be heard with groups such as Music music music and Josef & Erika.
"The Fellini of Swedish Jazz" "Jazz meets dance meets electronica meets chanson. Almost painfully creative!" (DN)
"Nils Berg walks free from clichées and other "musts". He's a pioneer, perhaps the best that happened in Swedish jazz the last years." (SvD)