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Carsten Dahl

Born: 1967

Nationality: Danish

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Photo © Lars Skaaning

Any attempt to give a brief description of Carsten Dahl’s musical style would have to be quickly abandoned. Here is a musician with absolutely no desire to tie himself to any form or genre, and there is literarily no musical expression he hasn’t tried. Carsten Dahl is known for his work as jazz oriented pianist, but he is a musician and composer that moves unimpeded from the bebop tradition via completely free improvisation to classical music. Carsten Dahl is without a doubt among this century's greatest pianists. Latest he has been known for his highly acclaimed classical compositions and piano works, such as The 5th Dimension that premiered in 2013.

Solo piano is very important to Carsten Dahl, a challenge where he finds the greatest potential to work with space and time, to create music that relates to the moment. It’s for his two solo albums that he has received the DMA Jazz Prize for Best Record in 2004 and 2011. Here he takes inspiration from both classical pianist Glenn Gould and jazz pianists like Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Bud Powell; cultivating improvisation in extreme situations. There are also clear inspirations from contemporary music and different world regions and folk music - one of very few people able to bring together many global inspirations into one comprehensive personal expression with a clear artistic signature.
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