Jammin’ with my Rob Allen fretless | with Eva Stenström Ltd.

We also played a short show in one of the hotel rooms :-)

We also played a short show in one of the hotel rooms 🙂


First gig 2014 was with Eva Stenström Ltd. on January 3rd at a brand new two day festival in Örebro, Sweden. This was held at a hotel. Read more here.

Sway by Eva Stenström Ltd. (It’s the first clip in the list at the right!)


Another example why MUSIC is not an option! Everybody needs it. PERIOD!


Guests: Music Lab at Jefferson Center Students:

Jayna Brown (Age 12 ) – guest vocalist
Gabriel Morales (Age 15) – Guitar

Please support good and live Music whenever you can!

From the YouTube video info:

On March 8th, 2013, Snarky Puppy and a host of special guests convened at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke VA. The project was to record a series of live performances in audio and video that would bring attention and benefit to the ongoing work of the center. The Jefferson Center is a non-profit arts organization that is revitalizing a key neighborhood in Roanoke with the restoration of Jefferson High School and the renovation of the Shaftman Performance Hall. The hall brings world class music to the local community through the Music Lab, providing education and recording space for local children.

The Music Lab at Jefferson Center is working daily to pull from every social and economic class of the Roanoke community and create the next wave of real, human musicians. They host low cost or free after-school programs for any interested young people filled with visits by guest artists, private instrumental instruction, and recording training. Wafting out of the little studios and rehearsal rooms on the third floor of Jefferson Center, you can hear Afro-beat in Swahili, hip-hop in Liberian Kreyol, the blues coming from the guitar of a 13 year-old prodigy, and the undeniable sound of young musicians growing. It’s a thing that needs to be supported at all costs across this country, and by purchasing this record, you’ve done it.

A portion of every sale will go to the Music Lab at Jefferson Center. For more info visit http://www.jeffcenter.org

WOW! John Scofield comes back to ‘Überjam-Band-Land’!

I’m super thrilled!

My all time favourite musician, John Scofield, is back with with a new CD with the Überjam Band I saw in Uppsala more than 10 years ago! I was about to hit the sack and just stumbled on this fantastic news! The video above was a suggested video on my YouTube channel – a really nice suggestion! It was a ‘making-of-video’ for the new album Deux. After seeing the video I also found a full concert from a show they did at Berklee, Boston on New Years Eve 2012. 88 minutes of smokin’ Music!

Here’s the setlist:

  • “Thikhathali” (Scofield, Bortnick, Deitch, Murphy)
  • “Snap Crackle Pop” (Scofield)
  • “Ideofunk” (Scofield)
  • “Jungle Fiction” (Scofield)
  • “Boogie Stupid” (Scofield, Bortnick)
  • “Cracked Ice” (Scofield, Bortnick)
  • “Dubdub” (Scofield)
  • “Endless Summer” (Scofield, Bortnick)
  • “I Brake 4 Monster Booty” (Scofield, Bortnick, Deitch, Murphy)
  • “Tomorrow Land” (Bortnick) [encore]

The Band that evening:

  • John Scofield, guitar
  • Avi Bortnick, rhythm guitar/sampling
  • Andy Hess, bass
  • Louis Cato, drums

Link to the concert [Audio]

Live with Organic Trio
I saw John Scofield earlier this year at jazz club Fasching in Stockholm with his organ trio, Organic Trio with Larry Goldings on Hammond B3 and Greg Hutchinson on drums. This was a really unforgettable concert!

Bilder från den konserten: http://www.rockfoto.nu/artists/john-scofield-organic-trio/20130305/18302/photos/143832

Überjam Band to Sweden?
Now I hope the band will come to Sweden in the Autumn to perform the new Music live for me 🙂 In the meantime I’m glad being able to enjoy the live concert above and the new studio CD!

If you use Spotify you can ‘preview’ the whole new CD before you buy it!

CD cover of John Scofield Überjam Deux

(Almost) New Series! Jammin’ with my Rob Allen fretless bass | 02 “Cabelos Brancos”

In this video ‘series’ I will showcase my beautiful Rob Allen walnut fretless MB-2 bass! It’s a truly wonderful instrument that I bought in Nashville (Summer 2011). I waited some 8 (EIGHT!) years since I finally got to buy one!
Read more about it here and on master luthier Mr. Rob Allen’s website!

Time for video no. 2 in the series!

In August 2012 i participated in a great outdoor show located in an old closed down mining park! The setting was beautiful with a great light show and the amazing backdrop of nature! Read more about this concert at my other blog, playubass.com | Post 1 | Post 2

You can also read (and see) more about the guys from Sao Tomé here.

Enjoy the great song Cabelos Brancos by Guilherme de Carvalho! Here’s another song of his. This song features me playing my fretless Ibanez GWB35!

New Series! Jammin’ with my Rob Allen fretless | 01

In this video ‘series’ I will showcase my beautiful Rob Allen walnut fretless MB-2 bass! It’s a truly wonderful instrument that I bought in Nashville (Summer 2011). I waited some 8 (EIGHT!) years since I finally got to buy one!
Read more about it here and on luthier Mr. Rob Allen’s website!

First up is a video from 2011. Not long after I got home from my trip to the US.

Andreas Gustafsson, vocals
Bror Engström, keyboard
Magnus Sjöquist, fretless Rob Allen MB-2

I’m quite new to the bass and have to ‘fight it’ a bit at various parts in the song. But it is the FIRST video featuring the bass!

Meeting one of my musical hero’s – Béla Fleck



I know it was a long time since I used this blog…but better late than never, right!

This Tuesday I went to Stockholm with a couple of friends (It’s my former student and banjo player Samuel Flodin to the right in the pic above) to listen to banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and the most famous female singer from Mali – Oumou Sangare together with a great live band with drummer Will Calhoun, “Benogo” Diakite – Kamele N´goni (an african harp like string instrument), Sekou Bah – bass. There was also a ‘sidekick’ choir singer, Dandio Sidibe.

I’ve been listening to Béla since the early 90s. He has really evolved over the years and have taken the banjo to a lot of uncharted territory and has also had the opportunity to play with a lot of people including (at least) one of his hero’s – Chick Corea. (He made the album “The Enchantment” with Corea 2007).

I really dig his approach to playing music and his ability to blend in with great taste musically wherever he goes genre and ensemble wise!

I hope I’ll be able to see and hear him more in the future!

Ps. Ok. What’s with the fake sun glasses you might think? Well, since I only got one picture and I closed my eyes on that single pic. I thought I had to do something about it! While at it I added glasses to the famous bronze statue of the Swedish author to. Do you know his name?



Hip-hop drummin’ with the band ‘Hyvlarna’ – Swedish rap – in Swedish!


Yeah, I’m a drummer too! Victor Wooten (and others) states: I’m a musician that happens to play bass. I agree!
For most gigs I use basses as my prefered tool of expression but why not drums as well. I’ve actually played drums for a longer period of time. But counting hours (not that I do) I have played more bass 🙂

I got this ‘gig’ through a friend. I was booked to play a festival with one of my friends and he suggested me for the gig since Osten af Mozzarella (a Swedish hip-hop act – performing hip-hop/rap with Swedish lyrics) also were booked for the same festival and we could all fit into one car…not really… 😉

The festival got cancelled…but we played another Swedish festival that summer (2010) so our rehearsals were not in vain! Since than we have played a few more gigs and the latest was this past Saturday. If you measure success by the size of an audience it wasn’t our greatest gig. But we don’t! The joy of playing with these guys is far greater than how big the audience is!

Here’s a clip from that concert. We’re playing Ostens (Fredrik Engström) song “Chicago” (Vindarnas Stad) [Chicago – the windy city] – a tribute to the city of Chicago that Fredrik visited a while back. The lyrics are in Swedish but I guess you can tag along and understand some words here and there even if you native tongue isn’t Swedish!

The music is quite improvised. It differs from song to song but this song is really lose. I like the ‘listen-to-the-groove’ aspect of playing music so this fits me like a glove!
Read more about Osten af Mozzarella and Hyvlarna here. And while you’re at it please like us on Facebook!

Nordic Chill live from Live @ Heart, Orebro, Sweden


Here’s a clip from our performance a the two day music festival all over Orebro, Sweden. 300 bands at 24 venues! We played Saturday night and tried the grLOOPing concept. First time in front of an audience. After some technical issues we started our set. The PA wasn’t that good and it was kind of hard playing with practically no monitor and with a quite noisy crowd. But we tried our best to make some music!

I also did some video FXs clips that is controlled from Ableton Live via a small midi-keyboard. Big thanks to Chris Lawhead for the great flute improvisations he did back home in Colorado.

Anyway here’s the video. Enjoy!

Ever heard about grLOOPing?


This is where you heard it first…I hope so anyway…


What is this? …Well it’s a “new” way of looping in a group situation. We’re all hooked up to a laptop with Ableton Live as the main software. Then we record bits and pieces…put the loops through different effect processing…and try to build an exiting soundscape. The only thing we decide before we go ahead making music is just tonality and maybe tempo…then we play and follow the path wherever it may lead us…

Please check out our website and previous post!

How about some Nordic Chillin'!Daniel and Berk doin some Nordic Chillin’ 🙂

Nordic Chill plays Live@Heart!


Nordic Chill will play the Live@Heart Festival in September! The festival is a weekend music fest with about 200 bands playing at a dozen live music venues in Orebro, Sweden. The festival claims to be the biggest music festival in Sweden and is also a showcase for new artists. Read more at liveatheart.se

I will post the exact date when it’s available!


Nordic Chill will do the 2nd show this year with the 2011 line-up.

Daniel Björnmo, guitars

Magnus Sjöquist, basses and laptop

Berk Coban, oud


Read more about us here

Here’s a clip from our last concert: