As frequent travellers through cultural and geographical landscapes, these three musicians are also frequent collaborators with many world-renowned artists outside of Bazar Blå.
Björn is an integral part of the Tunisian Oud magician Anouar Brahem’s latest projects but feels just as comfortable in the heavily groove oriented music of Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin. Johan brings his unique musicality into collaborations with multi instrumentalist Esbjörn Hazelius, concert organist Gunnar Idenstam and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra while Fredrik provide unmistakeable magic to a wide array of boundary-crossing productions. Dance-performances at stages such as the Düsseldorf Opera House as well as the music of Algerian singer Karima Nayt all thrive in his rhythmical universe.
Similar to how ants build their hills - Bazar Blå is the common “hill” where even the most unlikely influences can be brought in, analyzed and transformed into new shapes refining the art of the trio.
Their debut album from 1998 “Nordic City” was directly nominated for a Grammy in Sweden and has become a modern classic for generations of musicians in and out of the Swedish folk-music scene. The second CD - “Tripfolk” (2000) - contains the irresistible Dance.schott.is and stylistic experiments such as BB Cool and was followed by “Live”, recorded in Switzerland 2003. “Nysch” (2004) was also nominated for a Grammy and won the Danish Music Awards as best foreign folk-album. Their previous release - “Lost” - was released in 2009 in spite of that all original recordings where stolen before the final mixing could start – one forgotten copy of rough-mixes was found in a friends car and could be saved!