I like playing all sorts of music, preferrably, but not always, in smaller bands. Here are some of the most current projects.
Andreas Hellkvist Trio
My own group, playing mostly my own music. A traditonal format with organ, guitar and drums, but with a fresh take on sound and style. In a way hard to label, but it merges elements of jazz, fusion, gospel and popular music.
The trio features the inspiring sounds and playing of guitarist Samuel Hällkvist, and the exquisit drums of Daniel Olsson.
Trinity is mainly a jazz trio, playing jazz standards mixed with some originals. However , the repertoire can vary a little depending on the venue. We play mainly jazz clubs, festivals, churches, schools and homes for elderly. This trio has over the years developed an intimate, almost telepathic interplay. Regardless of whether it’s evergreens, pop songs or originals, the Trinity sound is there. Sometimes intense and loud, sometimes soft and whispering.
With the charismatic Kiralina Salandy in the front, these passionate musicians makes each concert a virtual funk explosion. They play funk classics, jazz standards in funky arrangements, originals and new takes on old songs.
The perfect band for a club, a party, or just wherever people like to dance and have fun.
Hans Bollandsås & Andreas Hellkvist in concert
A collaboration with Norweigan singer, guitarist and songwriter Hans Bollandsås. Usually play as a trio, with different drummers. The repertoire consists of blues standards mixed with original songs. The output is intense, reflecting the energy of these two performers.
A gospel trio, mostly focusing on the traditional repertoire of Mahalia Jackson and others. In this trio, Kiralina returns to her gospel roots, elegantly backed by the Hammond and the drums, played by Jesper Kviberg.
In addition to gospel concerts, this trio can also provide music for events, dinners and such.
Thomas Arnesen’s own band, offering a variety of blues standards and original songs. The approach to the blues can be described as modern, not adhering to a certain style or time period. Having two keyboard players in the band gives the music a rich sound and allows for more variation of arrangements. There’s also an ongoing collaboration with singer Claes Janson doing a BB King tribute.
S.H.O.P – Söderlind Hellkvist Organ jazz Project
Erik Söderlind, Andreas Hellkvist and Chris Montgomery – three prominent Swedish jazz musicians from the same generation, sharing a love for the organ jazz from the 50’s and 60’s. This project is a celebration to the music and sound created by Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff and their likes. Straight ahead and swinging, with taste and finesse.
“Pop, soul and party jazz with its roots in the 60’s and 70’s.”
Having both the Hammond and the Fender Rhodes in the band combines the two most influential keyboard instruments of the era and offers great possibilities in sound.
The repertoire consists of songs by Steve Wonder, The beatles, The Meters and others. It’s the perfect music for a saturday night! (or for any other night for that matter).
Apan & Grisen
The Hammond organ and the drums. Two instruments that, when combined, provides almost unlimited possibilities to create various kinds of music. Andreas Hellkvist and Daniel Olsson explore these possibilities in different styles, depending on mood and occasion.
This duo works both for concerts and for soft background music. Depending on the size of the organ and drums used this duo can be compressed to fit into almost any corner.
Playing all by yourself is fun because of the freedom ti brings. It allows you to play any song, follow every whim and do what ever you feel. Also challenge of course since there no one to lean on and interact with. The solo organ works both for backgorund music and for concerts.