Biography

DSC_0946_400x267Carl Liungman was born in Malmo, Sweden in 1971. He is a pianist and composer focusing mainly on improvisation and mixing the fields of jazz, pop, folk and Classical as well as contemporary experimental piano music.

The style of Carl’s is full of diversity; dualistic and expressionistic with certain impressionistic and minimalistic skills shining through. Rhythm and power is significantly important in his piano improvisation although melody is the key to capture both himself and the listener.

Carl is influenced by neoromanticism, neoclassicism and modern minimalism, and he is particularly fond of displaying the contrasts of the light, harmonic structures of the 18th and 19th centuries together with jazz, pop and complex contemporary music structures.

In early years Carl recognized a certain ability to remember melodies, compose songs and improvise on the piano. He also found a personal way of playing and has today developed a poetic piano music style of his own with both dramatic tension and gentle melodies.

Carl studied jazz piano under Christian Colan and Maggie Olin at the Malmo Jazz Institute and jazz theory under pianist Alvaro Is-Rojas at the Kulturama Performing Arts School in Stockholm. From Lund University Carl has got a Bachelor’s degree in Musicology. At the Stockholm University he studied Film music. He also has studied composition at the Gotland School of Music under composer Per Mårtensson and Prof. Sven-David Sandström and at the Malmö Academy of Music under Prof. Hans Gefors.

Carl has written both chamber and pop music for theatre plays, short films, art installations and poetry projects. He also has made jazz poetry together with poets and singers, improvising piano music during poetry slams and other occasions.

Influences among others: Keith Jarrett, Björk, E.Satie, Stravinskij, Beatles, Chopin, Satie, Herbie Hancock, Esbjörn Svensson, Arvo Pärt, Monk, Charlie Parker, Glen Gould, Jean-Michel Jarre, Skrjabin, Busoni, Jan Johansson, Coldplay