The Daniel Karlsson Trio are pianist Daniel Karlsson, double bass player Christian Spering and drummer Fredrik Rundqvist.
During their four year career so far they’ve won a Swedish Jazz Grammy for their second album Fusion for Fish and the Swedish Radio Award for Best Jazz Group in 2014. Their four albums Das Taxibåt, Fusion for Fish, At the feel free falafel and Ding Dong have been critically acclaimed domestically as well as abroad and the music from the albums have seen frequent airplay in Central Europe and Great Britain.
Besides touring the trio has also recorded two live concerts for the Swedish Radio and shot several music videos, including one being filmed from a helicopter in the Italian Dolomites and another in thick fog in the Stockholm archipelago.
Daniel Karlsson is well known for his work in highly merited Oddjob and Magnus Öström Band. He has also been a frequent collaborator with among others Till Brönner, Nils Landgren, Viktoria Tolstoy and Rigmor Gustafsson. In 2005 he was nominated Jazz Artist of the Year and released Pan-Pan, his first album in his own name. Christian has also toured with Rigmor and Nils and has also been heard with jazz icons such as Peter Erskine, Bobo Stenson and Jon Christensen. Fredrik has also, among others, played with Bobo Stenson and Palle Danielsson. In recent years he has most frequently been heard in indie pop star Sarah Blasko’s band.
The three musicians have known each other for a long time and through several previous collaborations. Daniel and Fredrik met when they studied music together in the south of Sweden and got to know Christian some years later when they both relocated to Stockholm.
The trio’s music is described as distinctive and extrovert, clearly influenced by 60s jazz, soul and pop but with a clear Nordic scent. All music is penned by Daniel Karlsson. The trio has a tight cooperation with Swedish indie label Brus & Knaster which is distributed in the Nordic and Baltic countries by Playground Music, in Central Europe by Galileo Music in Munich and in the Benelux by Xango Music.