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    Posted: 04 May 2014 at 3:50pm

Orchestral music of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio

This is a program of exceptional symphonic music featuring compositions of the “Trio of the Decade” (The London Times); the most important, most copied, most influential and style-building jazz band of the Noughties, E.S.T. (Esbjörn Svensson Trio), arranged for symphony orchestra and jazz soloists.


Esbjörn Svensson (piano), Dan Berglund (bass) and Magnus Öström (drums), together formed E.S.T. (the Esbjörn Svensson Trio) and revolutionized jazz in the Noughties. They became the best selling instrumental jazz band of that decade with sales of over a million albums, headlining festivals on all continents. Then, Esbjörn Svensson, the eponym of the group, died in a scuba-diving accident in June 2008, which brought the rise of the group to a sudden halt. By then they had recorded and released 13 albums and one concert DVD and had performed numerous shows around the globe.

As early as 2003 Esbjörn Svensson himself had arranged e.s.t. music for concerts of his trio accompanied by chamber orchestra and soloists. Performances of that program at the Jazz Baltica Festival and in Istanbul were highlights of the concert season. Those original arrangements of Esbjörn Svensson are the inspiration of the “e.s.t. Symphony” arranged by Hans Ek.

The music for this program has been arranged for a regular size symphony orchestra, enlarged by a jazz rhythm section (piano, bass, drums) and soloists.

09 May 2014 Konserthuset Stavanger  
17 May 2014 Laeiszhalle Hamburg  
11 Mar 2015 Musikverein Wien  
12 Mar 2015 Festspielhaus St. Pölten  
16 Apr 2015 Stadtcasino Basel CH 


Hans Ek

The orchestral arrangements for this concert of E.S.T.´s music have been written by Swedish conductor and arranger Hans Ek. For the last 25 years he has been at the forefront of building bridges between classical music, jazz, folk music and pop. In many of his musical projects he succeeded in blurring the boundaries between genres, and got new music to emerge.

Hans Ek

Most recently Hans Ek has been working several years in a row for the Polar Music Prize Ceremony. Together with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and artists like Robyn, Ane Brun, Ola Salo, Laleh, First Aid Kit and Barbara Hendricks he has arranged and performed music by price winners Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Björk, Paul Simon, Enio Morricone, Patti Smith and The Kronos Quartet.

Magnus Öström

Magnus Öström

During his career as a drummer Magnus Öström played with a wide range of Swedish bands and artists such as Bobo Stenson, Lennart Åberg, Palle Danielsson, Svante Thuresson, Nils Landgren, Stina Nordenstam, Peter Gullin, Steve Dobrogosz, Lars Danielsson, but he also performed with many international stars such as Michelle Hendricks, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Mulgrew Miller, Buster Williams, Roy Hargrove, Stefon Harris, Pat Metheny, Alan Pasqua, Tigran Hamasyan and others.

He is best known for the 15 years of collaboration with Esbjörn Svensson and Dan Berglund in the hugely successful band E.S.T. Magnus Öström is considered one of the style-building drummers of his generation.


Dan Berglund

Dan Berglund

Dan Berglund played bass in many different bands like the “Fredrik Norén Band”, “Lina Nyberg”, “Louise Hoffsten”, and “Per Texas Johansson” before he joined E.S.T. in 1993.

Since the dissolution of E.S.T. Dan Berglund has become member of Swedish indie-rock/progressive jazz ensemble Tonbruket, which has won the Swedish Jazz Grammies with two consecutive albums.

Edited by snobb - 04 May 2014 at 3:53pm
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