Christmas Concerts 2017

Do not miss this year's best traditional Christmas Concerts that offer so much more than gingerbread cookies and Santa.

 

“Open Stage” at Uppsala Grand Theatre
The Skrapan Music Classes
2017-12-11, at 19:00

Read more on skrapan.uppsala.se
(in Swedish)

 

Christmas Concert at Uppsala Grand Theatre
The Skrapan Music Classes
2017-12-12, at 19:00

Read more on skrapan.uppsala.se
(in Swedish)

 

"Swinging Christmas" at the Church of Mission
Uppsala University Jazz Orchestra
2017-12-14, at 19:00

Read more on uujo.uu.se
(in Swedish)

 

2017-11-25 • MPM


Concert with Middle Uppland's Chamber Orchestra

MUKO’s traditional concert with two young soloists became more exciting than ever this year when the chamber orchestra invited up to G. Gershwin's Summertime, inspired by Wilhelm Fredlund’s jazzy sax rendition. When the cello soloist Linnea Vikström, together with the orchestra, performed the Cello Concerto in C-major by J. Hayden the musical and artistic content was perfected. Phenomenal performances over two different genres. A meeting that opened up for future arrangements.

 
 
 

"Great fun to inspire a whole chamber orchestra into the vitality and dynamic harmony of the jazz. Absolutely huge to be carried by classically schooled musicians with all the inherent musical seriosity they represent. Some twenty stringed orchestral members who carefully embrace Summertime under the leadership of the outstanding conductor and composer Andreas Zhibaj.

What an honor to be a part of this amazing experience! Hope to see you guys on stage again, maybe with a raw and rocky chamber orchestra ;) The music knows no limits, just our own preconceptions." Wilhelm Fredlund

A few seconds at the beginning and at the end of the audio track have been edited slightly, due to problems with the recording (smartphone).

 

2017-11-04 • MPM


Autumn Concerts 2017

Among many see wordy events held by Uppsala Culture School, Uppsala University, Uppsala Lundellska School (Skrapan) and Rotary we recommend:

 

Gala Concert "End Polio Now" at the Church of Mission
Uppsala University Jazz Orchestra et al.
2017-10-24, at 19:00

Read more on uppsala.com
(in Swedish)

 

Concert at Uppsala Grand Theatre
Jazz Fusion Exclusive (Mattias & Wilhelm)
2017-10-31, at 19:00

Read more on grand.uppsala.se
(in Swedish)

 

Concert at Fyrishov
The Skrapan Music Classes
2017-11-14, at 14:00

Read more on skrapan.uppsala.se
(in Swedish)

 

Concert at Uppsala Grand Theatre
The Skrapan Music Classes
2017-11-22, at 19:00

Read more on skrapan.uppsala.se
(in Swedish)

 

"Autumn in New York" at the Church of Mission
Uppsala University Jazz Orchestra
2017-11-24, at 19:00

Read more on uujo.uu.se
(in Swedish)

2017-10-22 • MPM


Solo Gig at the Castle

Wilhelm Fredlund held a celebrated solo concert for the governor at Uppsala Castle on Wednesday evening. Guests were offered saxophone renditions on both the alto and the tenor, with a large amount of “jazz-feeling". After three remarkable encores with "What a Wonderful World" as the final, Wille could leave the Piano Salon with a finding that the world is quite wonderful sometimes.

 
 

MPM Solo Concert at Uppsala Castle 2017-09-20:

1. Improvisation soul/jazz
2. Summertime (George Gershwin)
3. Walkin' My Baby Back Home (Nat King Cole)
4. Yesterday (The Beatles)
5. Flamingo (Earl Bostic)
6. My Heart Will Go On (Céline Dion)

A. Parker's Mood (Charlie Parker)
B. Adele Medley (Adele, arranged by Wilhelm Fredlund)
C. What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

2017-09-26 • MPM


Summerchestra 2017

The coolest orchestra of the summer "Summerchestra" works entirely in the spirit of MPM. In June and August, the retirement homes and service houses are offered no less than 36 amazing concerts. Two concerts at Uppsala Grand are also open to the public.

Some of the municipality's most outstanding young musicians have been chosen by the organizer Uppsala Cultural School to present the magical power of music in a municipal summer job project led by Oskar Forsberg.

 
 

We at MPM are proud that all of our MPM Crew applicants got the job and that our mentor Oskar Forsberg is leading the orchestra this year. Axel Rosén on bass, Wilhelm Fredlund on saxophone and Elin Wilén as a dazzling vocalist and pianist.

2017-07-30 • MPM


Middle Uppland's Chamber Orchestra meets Young Soloists 2017

In the Chamber Orchestra’s goal-oriented work with young soloists, the annual concert "Mellersta Upplands Kammarorkester (Chamber Orchestra) meets Young Soloists" has become very inspiring for both the young artists and the orchestra.

Invited soloists this year are cello soloist Linnea Vikström and MPM saxophone soloist Wilhelm Fredlund.

Concert in the auditorium of Nanna School
Mellersta Upplands Kammarorkester (Chamber Orchestra) meets Young Soloists
2017-10-21, at 16:00

Read more on mellerstaupplands.se
(in Swedish)

2017-07-13 • MPM


Uppsala Youth Jazz & Blues Fest 2017

Great to get the chance to do a gig with some of the best musicians in Sweden - Trio X. We played a classic jazz tune and a beautiful rock/blues song originally performed by Garry Moore. The video clip shows my attempt to, with the saxophone, imitate an intense electric guitar who struggles through the wonderful harmonics of "Still Got the Blues".

 

2017-05-30 • Wilhelm Fredlund


Gig at IFU Arena

I was given the honorable mission of facing a large audience to perform Sweden's national anthem on the alto saxophone at a Swedish championship final in IFU Arena. The world's best club team in floorball Storvreta IBK was on the court. What an honor!

Swedish championship final at IFU Arena and in the intermission a world premiere for my cover of Prince's mythical rock ballad Purple Rain. Recorded and mixed in the home studio together with my great favorite singer and school friend Elin.

 
 

The cover is a tribute to Prince and the crazy sound and life of the 80's. Elin and I were born in 2001, but what does it matter when the 80's era is immortal.

The rock ballad has become a duet between a super cool voice and a raw growling tenor sax. The saxophone is also taking over the world-famous guitar solos, which in itself might be a mortal sin. But what does it matter when it's so fucking funny to improvise on the tenor to Prince's heavy songs.

 

2017-04-04 • Wilhelm Fredlund


Spring Concerts 2017

Uppsala Culture School festival days and some traditional spring concerts directed by Uppsala Music School, which we highly recommend.

UMK - "Orchestra Classes 9 provides one of the year's concerts at Uppsala Grand, lead by Oskar Forsberg."

UMK - "The singing classes give their annual spring concert at the UKK in collaboration with Trio X, Linnaeus Quintet and Uppsala Chamber Soloists. Tickets available in advance through Ticketmaster or at the Uppsala Concert & Congress."

UMK - "Orchestra classes conduct their annual spring concert, this time upgraded to UKK B hall with Linnaeus Quintet. Tickets available online through Ticketmaster or at the Uppsala Concert & Congress."

UKS - "The highlight of the festival is the Uppsala Youth Jazz & Blues Fest. In Uppsala Concert and Congress over 100 young artists and musicians from age 14 to 25 performs. The festival ends with a concert by the new Swedish sensation Adee. Buy tickets via the Uppsala Concert & Congress . Organized with the support of the Swedish Jazz Music in Uppland and the municipality of Uppsala." 

UMK - "graduating classes give a final concert in the school auditorium, which no one will forget."

 
 

Concert at Uppsala Grand Theatre
UMK Orchestra Class 9
2017-04-18, at 19:00

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

Final Concert in the auditorium of UMK
UMK Singing Classes 3
2017-04-19, at 18:30

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

Spring Concert in UKK Uppsala
UMK Singing Classes
2017-05-21, at 13:00 & 15:00

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

Spring Concert in UKK Uppsala
UMK Orchestra Classes
2017-05-22, at 18:00 & 20:00

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

Festival Concerts in UKK Uppsala
UKS Ensembles & Soloists
2017-05-29, at 14:00-23: 00

Read more on uppsalakulturskola.se
(in Swedish)

 

Final Concert in the auditorium of UMK
UMK Music Classes 9
2017-05-31, at 18:30

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

2017-04-01 • MPM


Blue House Youth Jazz Festival 2017

Past weekend we participated in the Blue House Youth Jazz Festival in Stockholm with Uppsala Culture School's Big Band and Jazz Fusion.

The Jazz Festival offered concerts, inspiring meetings, workshops and clinics with many of Sweden's most prominent musicians and teachers. On Saturday, there were lectures, workshops and concerts in the Royal Academy of Music's new premises, and on Sunday it was Big Band Championship and ensemble contest at the Concert Hall of Stockholm.

We are very proud of Theodore Jousefi, the young bass player in Uppsala Culture School's Big Band, which was titled the year's most valuable player at the Blue House Youth Jazz Festival.

2017-03-29 • MPM


Gig at the classic "Skaris" in Uppsala

Last Friday, I played with one of the best juvenile pianists in Sweden, Kevork Ekizean.

The evening offered improvised mingle music, but we even pulled some grand melodies. Together we got the whole Skarholmen to rock, with songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), Summertime (George Gershwin) and Hey Brother (Avicii).

During languishing "My Heart Will Go On" a lady came all the way up to me on stage. Thought at first that she wanted to take a selfie, but quickly realized that she wanted to cancel the song when she loudly, with her hands covering the music sheets, called for a "happier tune" ... SMH. Luckily, I play it by heart;)

The gig was really an instructive, fun and fantastic experience for us artists.

 
 

2016-12-14 • Wilhelm Fredlund


Winter Concerts 2016

Among many events worth attending, directed by the Cultural Uppsala and Uppsala Music Classes, we recommend:

 

Concert at Uppsala Grand
UKS Soloists, Fusion Jazz
& Big Band
2016-11-09, at 18:00

Read more on uppsalakulturskola.se
(in Swedish)

 

Concert at Uppsala Grand
UMK Orchestra Class 9
2016-11-30, at 19:00

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

Christmas Concert in Korskyrkan
UMK Orchestra Classes
2016-12-05, at 19:00

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

Lucia Concert in the Cathedral of Uppsala
UMK Song Classes & Extra Music of Katte
2016-12-08 & 09, at 19:30

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

2016-11-01 • MPM


Gig on the m/s King Carl Gustav

Video from my solo gig during a fabulous boat ride with pride of Uppsala, m/s King Carl Gustav, in late August 2016.

The music clip is from my interpretation of one of Caroline af Uggla magical songs.

2016-10-11 • Wilhelm Fredlund


The outdoor gig by Wilhelm at an anniversary party "lit up the darkness of autumn"

On Saturday evening, shortly after 22:00 dramatic saxophone tones echoed between the buildings in Flogsta, Uppsala. With raw but powerful Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen ("Mama, just killed a man, Put a gun against his head, Pulled my trigger, now he's dead. Mama, life had just begun, But now I've gone and thrown it all away.") time stopped for a moment, only to be brought back to life by some beautiful jazz tunes.

 
 

2016-10-06 • MPM


Autumn Concert on Karl-Johanssgården with UMK Orchestra Class 9

In the guidance of Oskar Forsberg the orchestra offers among other classical music composed by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.

 

Autumn Concert at Karl-Johanssgården
UMK Orchestra Class 9
2016-10-13, at 10:30

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

2016-10-01 • MPM


Solo Gig at Bachelorette Party

Awesome surprise gig last Saturday at the bachelorette party of all times. Lots of beautiful girls, an audience completely in my taste ;-)

Played a lot of songs from a wish list designed to the bride's honor. Before the gig was over we had gone through many of her favorite artists. Monica Zetterlund, Ted Gärdestad, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Adele, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong were all represented with real goodies. Think they brought back many wonderful memories!

"Hey Jude" was released in 1968 as the first single from the Beatles' record label Apple Records. The ballade was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

 
 
 

2016-06-26 • MPM


Summertime - Sax Cover

Video clip from the Charlie Parker medley performed by Wilhelm Fredlund on saxophone with a great backing group from Uppsala Big Soul, for the 60th anniversary of Uppsala Music School at the Uppsala Concert & Congress in May 2016.

The original song is an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the opera Porgy and Bess.

 
 

2016-06-10 • MPM


Spring Concerts 2016

Uppsala Music School Jubilee events and two traditional spring concerts directed by Uppsala Music Classes, which we highly recommend.

UMS - "Uppsala Music School turns 60 years and celebrates with music throughout the Uppsala Concert & Congress. Listen to jazz, blues, pop and rock in the D-hall and chamber music and soloists in the C-hall. Take a break and enjoy the wind and string music with a panorama view of Uppsala in the background. At 15:00 we gather for an eventful anniversary concert in the Great hall. Do not miss a great afternoon of music with hundreds of students from Uppsala Music School. Free admission for everyone."

UMK – “Song classes give their annual spring concert, this time in collaboration with Trio X, Linnaeus Quintet, Chamber Soloists and UKK. Advance booking online through TicketMaster or the Uppsala Concert & Congress."

UMK - "Orchestra classes give their annual spring concert at the Church of Cross."

The somewhat more modest presentation of the Orchestra classes concert can presumably be interpreted as we are offered a performance of tradition, without cooperation with other musical groups, singers and choirs. No online service, but tickets are hopefully as usual available at the school office.

 

Jubilee Concerts in UKK Uppsala
UMS Ensembles
2016-05-14, at 13:00-17:00

Read more on uppsalakulturskola.se
(in Swedish)

 

Spring Concert in UKK Uppsala
UMK Song Classes
2016-05-21, at 13:00 & 15:30

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

Spring Concert in Korskyrkan
UMK Orchestra Classes
2016-05-23, at 19:00

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

2016-05-01 • MPM


Cabaret 2016 - UMK Orchestra Class 8C

In early February the students offered two unforgettable and thoughtful performances, with farce, drama, singing and equilibristic instrumental interpretations. The audience got to experience a great artistry of the whole class, who together wrote script, made song selections, created stage sets inclusive sound and light. Too bad that the school did not let the younger students to see the show.

Check out the clip where Wilhelm Fredlund (sax), Simon Dluzewski (piano) and William Widen (drums) interprets jazz legend Charlie Parker's "Parker's Mood". You can also see the lead actress Vendela Lindholm in the armchair and writer/supporting actress Lotta Weyhenmeyer hidden among the guitars.

 
 
 

2016-03-28 • MPM


Solo Gig at an Anniversary

Last Saturday, I played on a lovely surprise party for a 70-year-old jubilar. Fantastic fun to a few days later find this review on the organizer Anne Harbom Jäderlund's blog:

"... and in came Wille Fredlund and played Kerstin's favorite tunes on the saxophone. When “Sakta vi går genom stan”, “Ack Värmeland du sköna”, “Yesterday”, “Öppna landskap” and "Parker's Mood" toned out not an eye was dry. Wille is only 15, but plays like a God. On top of that he gives his gage to the Children's Cancer Foundation. What a guy!"

 

2016-03-11 • Wilhelm Fredlund


Concerts March 2016

Many concerts are held in March directed by Uppsala Music School and Uppsala Music Classes. We can warmly recommend the following events:

 

Jazz Consert at Uppsala Grand Theatre
UMS Little Big Band
2016-03-16, at 19:00

Read more on uppsalakulturskola.se
(in Swedish)

 

March Consert at the Church of Mission
UMK Orchestra & Song Classes
2016-03-17, at 19:00

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

2016-03-01 • MPM


Christmas Concert on Gränby Centre with UMK Orchestra Classes

UMK Orchestra Classes had a good performance at Gränby Centre on Thursday. The concert included among other the Marche Militaire, Last Christmas and Winter Wonderland where one of the saxophonists had a hard time to stand still.

 

2015-12-12 • MPM


Solo Gig at Avan's Hair Salon

Last Friday night, I played the saxophone at a VIP evening event at Avan's Hair Salon in Uppsala. Some soft jazz was there, as well as a languorous "Titanic Theme - My Heart Will Go On". Great atmosphere! Avan has long been my favorite hairdresser and she has collected a bunch of professional barbers/stylists around her. So it was extra fun to play right there.

Watch more photos and a video on Avan's Hair Salon's facebook.

 
 

2015-12-07 • Wilhelm Fredlund


Christmas Concerts 2015

Many traditional Christmas concerts are held in December directed by Uppsala Music Classes and Uppsala Music School. We happily push for the following events:

 

Christmas Concert in Korskyrkan
UMK Orchestra Classes
2015-12-08, at 19:00

Read more on
uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

Christmas Concert at
Gränby Center
UMK Orchestra Classes
2015-12-10, at 12:00

Read more on
uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

Lucia Concert in
the Cathedral of Uppsala
UMK Song Classes
2015-12-10, at 19:30

Read more on uppsalamusikklasser.se
(in Swedish)

 

Christmas Concert at Nannaskolan
UMS Uppblåset
2015-12-14, at 19:00

Read more on
uppsalakulturskola.se
(in Swedish)

 

2015-12-01 • MPM


Chanson d'Amour - Sax Solo Cover

The Manhattan Transfer will visit Uppsala on the 28th of November 2015. As a tribute to the premier vocal group of all time, I have transposed the melody line in their hit Chanson d'Amour.

The cool saxophone solo starts at 1:16 and gives it little drawling melody a raise. So have no bad conscience when you, probably quite rightly, skip the introduction!

 
 

2015-11-01 • Wilhelm Fredlund