Uppsala Riksspelmanstrio

Uppsala Riksspelmanstrio

Uppsala Riksspelmanstrio is a trio of National Master Musicians, situated in the city of Uppsala. To receive this honorable title the members had to show proof of deep knowledge and awareness, as well as highly professional skills in the practice of music from their special tradition. The trio plays traditional Swedish music, but the instrumental settings and the experimental arrangements filled with improvisation in the context of the melodies gives the music a fresh and vivid expression. The members of Uppsala Riksspelmanstrio own skills in many different instruments, and will continuously surprise the listener with new sounds. The most common setting they use has become base clarinet and violin together with viola, clarinet or another violin.

Members:
Pontus Estling

Pontus Estling
- Clarinett, base clarinet, harmonica and swedish bagpipe

Pontus´ way of handling his clarinet is quite unique in comparison with the traditionally played clarinet-music. Characteristic clarinet- and fiddle-tunes from the deepest forests of Sweden is delicately released through the black horn. But he has also blown new life into tunes played by long forgotten clarinettists throughout all over Sweden. Pontus has his own roots in the province of Västergötland and by diving into this tradition he received the honorable title as National master musician. But also Rock, jazz, east-European, oriental and classical music are elements in his improvisations.


Jonas Isaksson

Jonas Isaksson
- violin, clarinett and guitar

Jonas Isaksson is a talented multiinstrumentalist with considerable skills on guitar, clarinet and violin. Jonas fast fingers on the electric guitar is well appreciated in different jazz bands. He has grown up with playing Swedish traditional folk music and he became a national master musician on music from the province of Uppland playing the clarinet.


Kersti

Sheshti Johansson
- Violin

Sheshti was introduced to traditional Swedish folkmusic in early ages and have since then had a close relationship to this music. She is one of the few who has a firm hand in the tradition of Närke (her home province), and was only at the age of 19 when she received the honourable title as National master musician. But Sheshti makes magic of tunes from the entire Sweden, and presents her repertory with a glow of energy, which makes her an appreciated solo fiddler, especially to dance.