Corporate gigs can be different, for better or for worse. This one was definitely for the better. No expenses spared. Beautiful old building, excellent food and drinks, music in almost every room. A choir, a balkan horn orchesta, a string quartet, a rock band - and a Hammond trio.
Last church gig of the summer, on the island of Blidö in the northern archipelago. The mix of poery and jazz is quite insteresting since because we choose the music based on the poems, the span of the music stylistically is quite large.
The concerts at Brännkyrka kyrka are amazing. It usually crowded, people cheer, applaude and show appreciation in a way not so common at the churches. This time was no exception. A nice way to end the summer with Trinity.
We did two recording sessions for Claes Janson's new record, to be released this fall. Arnesen Blues band is recording the music, though it won't be announced as such on the record. I played my Hammond B3 custom with my Leslie 142P.
A nice little church situated on the countryside some hour from Uppsala. It was the 3rd time we played here and each time has been really nice.
The Elvis show in the middle of august each year is a nice tradition, especially since gospel choir Afro was there. In the first set however, there was a major technichal issue. Look at the picture and you'll how we fixed it.
Wedding gig in the beautiful archipelago of Stockholm. We really had a blast. Funkups sich a nice band for parties!
It was a long way to from Uppsala to Ystad, I'll admit that. But what an experience! The hotel was excellent, food superb, the concert was sold out and the weather great. It was like a combined vacation and work (as proven by the picture). And we got to release our 4th album, Nuages. Yay!
Erik Söderlind called me for a last minute gig at Stampen. We didn't have that much time to rehearse so we just played a whole evening of hard swinging organ jazz. What a delight! We had so much fun we decided to make a project and play more. It has been named S.H.O.P - Söderlind-Hellkvist Organ jazz Project.
A fun reunion! The three of us hadn't played together for at least 10 years. Hope it won't be that long until the next time.
Playing in my hometown and the church where I have been many times growing up is always special. My friend Martin Pettersson took some very nice pictures. Doing this duo project with both music and poerty is both challenging and fun.
Last gig of the Gotland tour. Also this a nice little church on the countryside.
Back to where it all started. At this particular venue, me, Kiralina and Jesper played together for the first time a year earlier (almost to the day). My two leslies filled the room in such a nice way, and the cozyness of this venue certainly contributed to the mood.
Premiere gig! I was really excited to get started with this trio, and it was just as fun as I had imagined. Due to some problems with my B3 I decided to bring my A100 with two leslies instead. It worked out really nicely.
Nice church in Sundbyberg, outside Stockholm. Second time we played there. A few problems with the sound, but it worked out.
Interesting to play the Trinity repertoire with a guitar instead of the trumpet. It worked really well! It was also the first time I played with Anders Färdal, and I hope it won't be the last.
First church concert of the summer! Nice also to play new places. I've been in Falun many times (since it's the neighbouring town of my hometown), but never have been inside this church.
Hammond wedding! I was asked to played during the ceremony and the preceding mingling at Uppsala-Näs church. A sweet spot on the countryside outside Uppsala. The picture is my view from the organ at the mingling part.
Birthday concert! Me and Thomas Arnesen (whose birthday is just 3 days before mine) debuted our fusion trio Arnesen-Hellkvist Experience. Daniel Olsson was playing drums. The most fun was playing Tribal Tech's "Nite Club", one of my favorite songs ever.
This concert was literally on fire! The alarm went off twice forcing people out on the street, and fire trucks came both times as well. So you might say there was a bit of interruptions, but once we got going it was great.
About every two years we play at Hjorthagen jazz club, hosted in the cozy retro style venue Folkkulturcentrum. A nice tradition.
It can be very inspiring to play in venues that aren't specifically concert halls, like this small book shop in en center of Uppsala. You squeeze in and just let the surroundings flow into whatever you're doing. I
A nice finish to this mini tour, but also a pity that it's over for this time. Can't wait to play with this trio again. Feels like we really got something going!
The second concert of the tour was at Hijazz Klubb in Uppsala. It was quite a contrast from the night before. Then, loud and noisy, and here more intimate. Both fun and challenging in their own way.
First time I played at and even visited Borlänge House of blues. What a joy to see a dedicated music venue in my former hometown! We had a blast on stage. A lot of old friends coming to see us. I put together a compilation of the concert. I think it well captures the spirit of the evening.
It has been way too long, but we finally recorded our fourth album. The Atlantis studio was truly an inspiring place to do it. We're planning a release in early August so our concert at Ystad Jazz festival will be the official release concert.
I love variations of the trio setting, and the organ and piano together is a really nice variant. It was the first time that I played with Leo Lindberg. We had a lot of fun, and I hope we'll get to do it again some time.
First gig at this Uppsala pub. I've been there many times listening to friends play and sometimes just for a beer. Thomas had arranged for video and audio recording so here's one of the songs.
I think I've never actually been in Smedjebacken, although it's not that far from where I grew up. That's one thing I like about playing music - it takes you places you wouldn't have gone otherwise. And as I'm writing this, it strikes me that that could be said both in a geographical and a spiritual sense.