13 - 16 October 2022

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15 October National Opera and Ballet, 22:00 NOB, 22:00

GORAN KAJFEŠ SUBTROPIC ARKESTRA

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GORAN KAJFEŠ trumpet

JONAS KULLHAMMAR tenor saxophone, flute

PER "RUSKTRÄSK" JOHANSSON baritone + sopranino saxophone, flute

JESPER NORDENSTRÖM piano, organ, synth

REINE FISKE guitar

JOHAN BERTHLING bass

JOHAN HOLMEGARD drums

The Swedish trumpeter, composer, arranger and producer with Croatian roots, Goran Kajfeš, has created excitement and joy with his Subtropic Arkestra, possibly the best of those many bands who meld Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz and big band funk. Although they repeatedly cross over from genre to genre, it is imminently clear that jazz, in all its strange forms, make out the base for their music. Which is not surprising since the band is made up of some Sweden’s best jazz musicians, such as Jonas Kullhammar, Johan Berthling and Per ‘Ruskträsk’ Johansson, among others. In recent years, the eclectic jazz collective has both won a Grammy and been praised internationally by audiences as well as press, for example in Uncut, Mojo, Wire, The Guardian, New York Times and Jazz Journal for their “The Reason Why” trilogy. The band enters the most diverse cultural landscapes: we meet Armenian folk dance, Turkish psych funk, happy Brazilian music, Swedish experimental rock from the 70s, Nigerian afrobeat, we get a sweep in Ethiopia, American indie rock, cosmic jazz à la Sun Ra and much, much more! No matter where the musical journey starts, the music is presented with an unlikely energy and sensual freshness that makes this band something special. Subtropic Arkestra is the ultimate proof that music makes life worth living.