Apan & Grisen

This summer I will be recording my album that I have been planning for years. It will be mostly my songs. Some very old and some new ones. Really looking forward to getting them all on record! The drummer on the album will be Daniel Olsson and he’s the only musician except me that will be playing on the whole album. The others will be guest musicians on a few tracks each. More on that later!

Earlier this year me Daniel started rehearsing for the record as well as for duo gigs. The project has the working name Apan & Grisen (Monkey & the pig). Don’t ask what it means, we don’t know 🙂

Some month ago we put a camera in the rehearsal room and recorded a few songs and put them on youtube. You can see them here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Z0d9qQD3fNvRyaP4XewjQ

And here’s just an example. My tune “Danicing song”. Enjoy!

Apan & Grisen

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Andreas Hellkvist – organ
Daniel Olsson – drums

Swedish

Hammondorgel och trummor, ett format som med bara två instrument ger näst intill oändliga möjligheter att skapa musik av olika slag. Med jazz som utgångspunkt utforskar Andreas Hellkvist och Daniel Olsson dessa möjligheter som spänner mellan det vildsinta och det ömma, från ett jazzigt sväng till folkliga toner och funkiga beat.

Andreas är den perfekte organisten i sammanhanget. Med en bländande teknik, ett känslofyllt spel och ett sällan skådat fotarbete med pedalerna kan han fylla ut ljudbilden och skapa klanger, grooves och intressanta melodier. Med youtube-klipp som fått hundratusentals visningar har lyssnare världen över fascinerats av hans sätt att hantera orgeln.

Med Daniel Olsson vid trummorna får duon ytterligare en dimension. En obeveklig svängmaskin, följdsam ackompanjatör och en brilliant solist, allt kryddat med en smula galenskap. De passar perfekt ihop, båda med en passion, spontanitet och mångsidighet i musiken.

Andreas och Daniel har musicerat tillsammans i många år i olika sammanhang. 2014 blev startskottet för detta duoprojekt som föddes parallellt med inspelningar av Andreas musik. Repertoaren består till stor del av Andreas kompositioner som varvas med jazzstandards och andra låtar.

”Apan & Grisen” är namnet på denna duo. Vem som är vem? Det förtäljer inte historien…

English

The Hammond organ and the drums. Two instruments that, when combined, provides almost unlimited possibilities to create various kinds of music. Rooted in jazz, Andreas Hellkvist and Daniel Olsson explore these possibilities, ranging from the wild and furious to the tender and sensitive, from swinging jazz to folkloristic tones and funky beats.

Andreas is the perfect organ player in this setting. With an outstanding technique, soulful playing and exceptional footwork on the pedals he makes the organ fill the room and create sounds, grooves and interesting melodies. Some of his youtube clips have hundreds of thousands of views and people all over the world has marvelled at his way of playing the organ.

Daniel Olsson at the drums gives the duo another dimension, being a relentless groove machine, perceptive accompanist and a brilliant soloist, all mixed up with a slice of insanity. They fit together perfectly, both with a musicianship full of passion, spontaneity and versatility.

Andreas Hellkvist and Daniel Olsson has been playing together for a number of years in different settings. In 2014, during some recordings of Andreas’ music, this duo project was born. The repertoire consists mainly of Andreas’ songs, although mixed with jazz standards and other songs.

Apan & Grisen (Monkey and the pig) is the name of the duo. Who’s who? They won’t tell…

Do check out our facebook page!

We also have a youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Z0d9qQD3fNvRyaP4XewjQ

Samples below – check them out!

Bilder

Video

Compilation from a gig on Feb 5th, 2015 in Uppsala


“Danslåten (Dancing song)” (Hellkvist)
“The Hellkvist Shuffle” (Hellkvist)
“Morgonkaffe” (Hellkvist)
“Snowflakes” (Hellkvist)
“Piecewise Continuity” (Hellkvist)
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Upcoming shows
  • September 27th, 2020, 5:00pm
    w. Jojo Djeridi
    Fisksätra kyrka, Fisksätra
  • October 9th, 2020, 7:00pm
    Trinity
    Tellus, Stockholm
  • October 10th, 2020, 8:00pm
    Claes Janson
    Engelen, Stockholm
  • October 15th, 2020, 8:00pm
    Claes Janson
    Katalin, Uppsala
  • November 4th, 2020, 7:30pm
    Erik Söderlind Trio
    Ludvika jazzklubb, Ludvika
  • November 5th, 2020, 8:00pm
    Trinity
    Katalin, Uppsala
  • November 6th, 2020, 7:30pm
    Arnesen Bluesband
    Växjö jazzklubb, Växjö
  • November 7th, 2020, 8:00pm
    S.H.O.P.
    Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm
  • December 1st, 2020,
    Groovy Tuesdays med Jesper Kviberg
    var der Nootska palatset, Stockholm
  • December 8th, 2020,
    Groovy Tuesdays med Jesper Kviberg
    var der Nootska palatset, Stockholm
  • December 15th, 2020,
    Groovy Tuesdays med Jesper Kviberg
    var der Nootska palatset, Stockholm
  • December 22nd, 2020,
    Groovy Tuesdays med Jesper Kviberg
    var der Nootska palatset, Stockholm
Latest shows
  • September 12th, 2020, 7:00pm
    Apan & Grisen
    Hellkvist Headquarters, Livestream
  • September 12th, 2020, 5:00pm
    Claes Janson
    Hellkvist Headquarters, Livestream
  • September 12th, 2020, 3:00pm
    Andreas Hellkvist pianotrio
    Hellkvist Headquarters, Livestream
  • September 11th, 2020, 7:30pm
    Claes Janson
    Hallsbergs jazzklubb, Hallsberg
  • September 6th, 2020, 8:00pm
    Lindakirkja gospel choir
    Lindakirkja, Reykjavik
  • September 5th, 2020, 8:00pm
    Solo organ
    Óháði söfnuðurinn, Reykjavik
  • September 1st, 2020, 12:30pm
    Erik Qvick 4tet
    Óháði söfnuðurinn, Reykjavik
  • August 30th, 2020,
    Beebee and the bluebirds
    TBA, TBA
  • August 30th, 2020,
    Eric’s Bluesband
    TBA, TBA
  • August 29th, 2020, 8:30pm
    Eric’s Bluesband
    Blús milli fjalls og fjöru – Blues festival, Patreksfjörður