Torbjörn Zetterberg

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Torbjörn Zetterberg
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Background information
Born (1976-05-10) 10 May 1976 (age 43)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s)Jazz musician, composer
Instruments Upright bass
Associated acts Torbjörn Zetterberg Hot Five
Jonas Kullhammar Quartet

Torbjörn Zetterberg (born 10 May 1976) is a Swedish jazz musician (double bass) and composer, known from collaborations with Jonas Kullhammar.

Jonas Kullhammar Swedish composer

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Zetterberg attended Södra Latin och Fridhems Folkhögskola in Svalöv but was first recognised as bassist when he studied at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm still very young. Here he studied bass under guidance of Jan Adefelt. Soon he joined drummer Fredrik Norén's band together with the saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar. Already at this point one could sense that he would become a prominent figure in the Swedish jazz scene. Now his name is firmly rooted in the vibrant progressive selection as the new jazz generation. [1]

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He went through a personal crisis and did not record as a bandleader for more than seven years. Zetterberg was uncomfortable with his career and in 2010 he decided to leave the urban life including his bass, and moved to a Buddhist temple. There he resided for a year and still spends half of his time there in 2016. This existential crisis led to the production of the album Och Den Stora Frågan ("And the Big Question" in Swedish) in 2014. Here he collaborated with well known musicians from his earlier career, like the Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and drummer Jon Fält, known from albums with pianist Bobo Stenson's trio. The album is "charged with joyful urgency, shiny optimism and confident flowing energy, despite the doubts and uncertainties that accompany any creative, artistic process", the reporter of All About Jazz stated in 2014. [2]

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Music groups

Discography (in selection)

Solo albums

Torbjörn Zetterberg Hot Five


With Jonas Kullhammar Quartet (Jonas Holgersson, Torbjörn Gulz)
With Daniel Fredriksson and Jonas Kullhammar
With Alberto Pinton, Jonas Kullhammar and Kjell Nordeson
With Ivo Perelman and Daniel Levin
With Jonas Kullhammar and Espen Aalberg

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With Susana Santos Silva

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  1. "Torbjörn Zetterberg: Personlig basist i Charles Mingus anda" (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  2. Hareuveni, Eyal (22 March 2014). "Torbjörn Zetterberg: Och Den Stora Frågan". Musical reviews. All About Jazz . Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. "Torbjörn Zetterberg". Discography. . Retrieved 24 March 2016.
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