Harald Svensson


Praised pianist of the jazz band Entra going solo.

Harald Svensson grew up in Stockholm, where he studied classical music and listened to pop, before the interest in jazz and improvisation prevailed. In the 70s he toured extensively with EGBA, perhaps Sweden's first "fusion band", and trombonist Eje Thelin. Together they visited the Monterey Jazz Festival in California (1978) and most of the major festivals in Europe. Along with saxophonist Thomas Gustafsson, he started the 1978 "Entra Chameleon" (Later became Entra) which in the '80s solidified its position as the most innovative and creative jazz group. The time spent with "ENTRA" brought Harald to the West Coast and "the musical openness that characterizes jazz music in Gothenburg."
He came in contact with Gunnar Eriksson, Gothenburg Chamber Choir and Riilke Ensemble, with whom he has performed extensively as both soloist and composer. 1998 he was voted that year's "Jazz in Sweden-artist", which resulted in the critically acclaimed CD album "Vanished Into the Blue".
Harald Svensson has worked with several of Sweden’s finest and most 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.

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Harald Svensson: piano

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