An explosion of gospel and jazz at beautiful Metropol. Playing with these guys, you never really know what to expect but it always is a blast!
Great night onboard steam ship Blidösund! The band was on fire and the audience very appreciative. It got quite crowded back in the stern, but it also makes coozy and intimate.
Always interesting with new musical acqaintances. Got called the day before by Johan Leijonhufvud to do a gig at Stampen. He came directly from Berlin where he lives. I picked him up at the airpost and we went straight to the gig. Max Schultz and Sabsian Ågren were also playing. We had a lot of fun!
Best. Sound. Ever. I brought my B3 and one 122 and a 142P. The 122 has a deep and round sound, and the 142P is quite sharp with a bite. Together it was just bliss. Alos I think this was the first concert ever where I played only my own compositions. A milestone, both for me and for the trio. Days after, I'm still high from the experience!
Rasbokil is located just about 20 minutes from my hometown, though I think I have never been there before. The church is from medieval times with nice acoustics. I also got to try the church organ. A real gem! And the concert was fun too. This is a great trio for these kind of gigs.
What a joy playing my own music, with my own trio in my hometown! Though, there were some technical problems. I brought two leslies and in one of them, one of the wires to the bass jumped off so the bass went silent. Luckily we could finish using only the other cabinet. The concert was also filmed and will be available at jazztv.se. Photo: palli.se
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!