The violin holds the main focus as Terese Lien Evenstad and her quartet create contemporary jazz ranging from highly intense energy releases to peaceful and calm melodies. All this is bound together through a beautiful interplay between the musicians. The music is influenced by jazz, nordic folk music, avant-garde, and neo-soul. The band consists of award-winning musicians from Sweden, Norway and Iceland and together they create the nordic contemporary expression.

Terese Lien Evenstad Quartet performs compositions written by Terese who is constantly seeking new modes of expression. The group will release their second album, ”Perceptive”, during the spring of 2020 and you will find the music on platforms such as Spotify, Itunes, Amazon, etc. The group released its debut album, ”Woodland” (Jotun Records) in 2017, which received great reviews.

”What a debut album this is! All of the eight tracks are composed by Terese Lien Evenstad and they all offer modern, exciting and infinitely beautiful violin jazz! She has a tonal expression and her ability to create suggestive melodies is in a league of its own. Influences from Miles Davis modal jazz, Hans Zimmer’s compositions for film productions and the Nordic nature can all be heard in Woodland. But in the end, Woodland sounds like Terese Lien Evenstad Quartet and nothing else.”

Johan Jakobsson, Orkesterjournalen 2017
(Swedens largest and eldest jazzmagazine)

TERESE LIEN EVENSTAD was born in Norway and is the first jazz violinist in history to graduate from the Bachelor’s Program in Jazz-Performance at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Her music and performances have led to a nomination in the prestigious jazz prize of Jazzkatten in the category ”Newcomer of the year 2018” which is awarded by the Swedish national radio P2. She was also awarded the ”Louis Armstrong-scholarship” in 2018 with the motivation: ”She has given the violin a new face within jazz”. Terese has also been honored to perform her music with ”Bohuslän Big Band”, one of the most well known big bands in Sweden. She was invited to their project called ”Up-and-coming artists 2019”, where they present young musicians who have made a name for themselves in the Swedish jazz society. In 2019 she was nominated for the concert series ”Young Swedish Soloist 2019” produced by Scenkonst Sörmland and awarded the ”J: son Scholarship” by Janne Schaffer and the Jury.

ANNA GRÉTA SIGURÐARDÓTTIR (born 1994) is born and raised in Iceland. She has performed extensively in both Iceland and Sweden in her name and with other bands and is a sought-after group member in Stockholm’s jazz scene. She has performed and toured with some of the Swedens top jazz musicians such as Håkan Broström and played with some of the top big bands such as Norrbotten Big Band and New Places Orchestra. Anna Gréta won the Icelandic Music Awards for the best new talent in jazz in 2014. In march 2018 she was awarded the ”Friends of Fasching” award, which is given out to one young up and coming jazz musician in Sweden every year.

ARVID JULLANDER from Gothenburg, Sweden, is one of the most interesting and upcoming bassists in Sweden. He has played with top musicians from all over the world. Chosen as one out of three bassists to the ”Betty Carters Jazz Ahead” program, he got to work with Jason Moran, Eric Harland, Carmen Lundy, and Eric Revis, among many others. After studying at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, he is now one of the hardest working musicians in the city. In August 2018 he was awarded the ”Monica Zetterlund” award, which is given out to one young up and coming jazz musician every year.

PETER DANEMO is a Stockholm-based drummer and composer. Danemo has formed and played in a wide range of groups during his career. For example, Peter Danemo Quartet, whose members included Esbjörn Svensson, the Swedish pianist who would go on to achieve massive global success as the driving force behind contemporary jazz group EST. Danemo has received wide recognition for his composing skills. In 1993, for instance, he won first prize in the Concours International de Composition de Themes de Jazz competition, which is held annually in Monaco. He has made large numbers of recordings with many groups and been involved in countless tour projects across Scandinavia and Europe with jazz stars such as; Clark Terry, Kenny Drew, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Red Rodney, Arne Domnérus, Bengt Hallberg, Bobo Stenson, Miroslav Vitous, Toninho Horta, Nils Landgren, Aaron Parks, Iain Ballamy, Viktoria Tolstoy and many more.

Listen to WOODLAND on Spotify