Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
From very young age he played a lot of jazz at home with his father Bertil, then an ex-professional jazz pianist and five year younger brother Christian, who is today a professional drummer and pianist highly respected. After long studies in classical piano as well as double-bass, A.J. 1976 moved to Goteborg, Sweden to study at the conservatory of music (today: School of music and Musicologhy, Gothenburgh university). After intense studies he left the school 1979 with diplomas in double-bass and improvisation to start a career as a professional artist.
As a musician, AJ has performed, recorded and toured with, among others, Joe Henderson, Don Cherry, Elvin Jones, Gilberto Gil, Lee Konitz, Charles Lloyd, Jack deJohnette, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Tomasz Stanko, Albert Mangelsdorff, Dino Saluzzi, John Surman, Marilyn Crispell, Jon Balke and others. From 1984-1998, AJ was also a front figure in one of Scandinavias foremost and influential ensembles, "Entra." AJ is an ECM recording artist. As a composer, AJ has a rich production for various ensembles in contemporary jazz/chamber music, many of them also released on CD. Selected commisioned compositions: Eight Pieces (for Gothenburgh int. jazz festival 1988), Post Scriptum (for SAMI 1988), Ytterligare Atta (for Swedish Radio,SR 1990), Jord (for International Society of Contemporary Music,ISCM 1995), Silvae (for Swedish Radio, SR 1998), Utkast (for "Stockholm-98"-cultural capitol of Europe, 1998), Skogar-Hav (for her majesty the queen of Norway,2002), and Bortom (for the cathedral of Vasteras, Sweden,2002). AJ has been given several prizes and awards, such as the rare, Swedish "Jan Johansson-award". AJ has also, since 1980, been a teacher and lecturer in great demand. He has participated in building up a strong jazz/improvised music-department at School of music and musicologhy in Goteborg,Sweden and gives regularly master-classes,etc. around Europe. 1995 he was given a professorship ar Sibelius academy,Helsinki,Finland. 2002 he was given a professorship also at the university of Goteborg, Sweden. In 2003 he was appointed Doctor honores causa (honory doctorate) at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland.
Nordic light (1984); Eight pieces (1988); Alone (1989); Jord (1995); Once (1996); Silvae (1999); Xieyi (2001); In Winds, In Light (2004)
Charles Lloyd: Notes from Big sur, The call, All my relations, Canto; Bobo Stensson: Very early, Reflections, War orphans, Serenity; Tomasz Stanko: Bosanossa, Matka Joanna, Liosia, From the green hill; Don Cherry: Dona Nostra; Entra: Live lights, Ballet, In concert; Jon Balke: Further, Solarized, Kyanos; Mats Gustafsson: Opus apus; Dr Dingo: New age, Relaxin'at Kartong inn