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Alf Carlsson ranks among the most sought after and most versatile Swedish guitar players.

In 2013, he received the Albin Hagström award for young promising guitarists on the popular music scene. A year later, he composed music for the Nobel Peace winner Malala Yousafzai exhibition in Stockholm. He has been freelancing non stop on the Swedish jazz and pop scene since his graduation at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2016 and has been working as both a band leader and a known “hired gun”.

With a wide palette of musical styles in his arsenal, he has no fear mixing styles and has come up with a very original take on the jazz guitar by incorporating swedish folk music, pop, rock and jazz in his compositions.

He has toured extensively with the international collaboration “Alf Carlsson/Jiří Kotača Quartet”, a jazz group that has played over 120 concerts in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands since 2017. Their debut album “Journeys” (2019, Amplion Records) was critically aclaimed as one of best Czech jazz releases of the year.

We all have beacons of light in our lives, things we cannot be without. For Swedish guitarist Alf Carlsson, he has made the choice to dedicate his solo debut record under his own name to the most luminous of his personal lights, music. A modern amalgamation of jazz, rock, and Swedish folk music, ‘Lights’ is set to release on the 1st of September 2023 on Naxos Prophone Records.