I am Samuel, a Swedish guitar player living in Copenhagen, Denmark. I play music with hints of jazz, country, metal, noise and blooming cherry trees. When not playing music, I teach music theory at Lund University in Sweden. I’m also a proud receiver of the “Jazz in Sweden” award 2010. An excerpt from the justification:
“Samuel holds an utterly personal attitude towards the jazz tradition by putting his expression in focus. With jazz as discourse and practice, Samuel lets his influences and fancies run wild and free, seemingly without restraint; with unexpected and exciting results as consequence – however always very focused and very, very much Samuel.”
Jazz in Sweden is an award that Caprice Records and Concerts Sweden have been giving annually since 1972, to a young Swedish musician or group that gets to represent Swedish jazz, abroad as well as in Sweden.
“Samuel Hällkvist is a unique and very interesting guitarist. His use of sound and choice of notes puts him in a class of his own.”/Phil Manzanera, Roxy Music
“Samuel Hallkvist would give a psychologist making a study of guitarists’ behavioural patterns no end of research material.”/Herald Scotland
“Imagine listening to the freest of free jazz with all its attendant skronks and honks, then suddenly realising that every note was written down the way a classical composer writes for string quartet.”/The Skinny
“Hällkvist is a musician with a unique vision.”/All About Jazz
“I love playing with Samuel. His approach to time and texture is bewildering and enchanting.”/Guy Pratt, Pink Floyd