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Mundekulla Folk- & Jazzdagar 17-19/6 2016
New festival between forest, meadows and red cottages at the wonderful "Mundekulla" outside Emmaboda. Gunnel is a co-producer of the festival together with Peter Elmberg, Mundekulla as well as she will be performing at the opening concert with Jan Allan - trumpet, Daniel Svensson - guitar and Georg Riedel - double bass! The entire festival has the subtitle "In the spirit of Lars Gullin" so the weekend will be influenced with folk, jazz, improvisation, inspiration from the nature and music at the highest national level. There will be with many great artists, as f ex teachers from Blekinge Jazz & World, Isabella Lundgren with Carl Bagge trio, Elin Teilus, Lamine Cissoko. In cooperation with, among others Emmaboda Live Jazz. Check out this:Mundekulla Folk- & Jazzdagar

About Gunnel
Gunnel Mauritzson is considered as one of the foremost folksingers in Sweden. She works with her own band, the group Gotland Jazz Operation Project and as soloist in projects as church masses, musical theater and big band concerts. Gunnel is also a composer of new songs and tunes, often build upon the style of traditional folk music. She is a singer who brings in new elements and the music moves across the genres. Her song conveys a feeling that is both strong and subtl.

Gunnel has her musical roots in the folkmusic from the beautiful Baltic island of Gotland and she was former a member of the bands Nåra and Gunnfjauns kapell. About fifteen years ago she started her first soloproject that resulted in the CD "Silhuette" (1996) with music by the late Swedish jazzmusician Lars Gullin. This, and the three following solo CD:s, has been favourably reviewed and are released in Sweden, but also on license in Germany on the label Laika Records.

Gunnel is also a popular teacher in Swedish folksong and vocal technics and works part time at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm. For those who are interrested in horses  she has started exciting business together with horse instructors, with the combination horses and singing.

About Gunnel Mauritzson Band (GMB)
GMB makes new, exiting interpretation of music deeply rooted in Swedish folk tradition, performed with lightness, brilliance and love for the free spirit of improvisation. Together with brilliant musicians Gunnel presents new and old Swedish songs. Some of the music is written by herself and some songs are traditional folksongs. They can vary the constellation from duo to quintet and perform in different contexts, from churches to festivals and concert halls. They also do workshops and collaborative projects with guest artists and choirs, and have also music arranged for the band and small symphony orchestra. 

GMB members:
Bengan Jonasson - bass guitar and banjo - is the world's first bass guitar player educated in swedish folk music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. With an innovative and personal style he moves freely from grooves to melody playing on both bass guitar and banjo. 
Christian Jormin - percussion and piano - lives on the island of Brännö in the saltwashed Archipelago near Gothenburg. He is a very expressive musician who plays percussion with other folk-bands, including ”Den fule” and piano with his own jazz-trio.  
Jonas Knutsson - saxophones - Jonas Knutsson is the jazz saxophonist from Umeå who fell in love with swedish polska-tunes played on violin, and who in more recent times has created a way of playing his saxophones that contains quarter-tones and rythm from folkmusic as well as the free spirit of improvisation from jazz.He also plays with f ex guitarist Johan Norberg.
Leif Ottossonwith roots from Oviken Jämtland, is an appreciated muscian in diverse contexts and an equilibrist on his instrument - the accordion - both with traditional tunes and newly written compositions in his repertoire.


Listen:
GMB on Myspace

Press reviews for the latest CD
Gunnel Mauritzson Band "Whatever happens" Label: Laika records; 3510244.2; 2008 One of the nicest albums of 2003 was Raisu äut by the, for me unknown at that time, Swedish singer Gunnel Mauritzson. Between the last and the new solo album she has recorded two other projects including with the band Om. On Whatever happens Mauritzson works with a totally different band than six years ago. A combination of traditional Swedish instruments such as the nyckelharpa and instruments such as the saxophone, organ, piano and accordion, colour the sound of this album. The thirteen tracks are a combination of traditional pieces and new compositions. Mauritzson choose the jazz-folk approach that I find typically Swedish. She found more rest in her singing and composing, it’s like she found a better balance in composing and performing. Nice is Om dagen vid mit arbete which is such a delicate song, where the band and singer find the perfect symbioses. But also in the more light-footed tracks like Full gas and Brev polska they show to be a real ensemble instead of a singer with band. It’s clear that they made this album together and lift each other to a higher level. It was worth the years of waiting, Mauritzson returns with a strong new album. 
Eelco Schilder, Folk world