Josefine Lindstrand is a highly acclaimed jazzsinger, and living in Stockholm Sweden. For more than 15 years she has been one of the leading singers on the jazzscene in Scandinavia, but also around Europe.
"She is something of a phenomenon, with her fabulously imaginative songs, her theatrical performance as well as her phenomenally exciting voice", press quote from the record "While we sleep".
“the unmistakable voice of the Swede Josefine Lindstrand (…) enchants people beyond Scandinavia. Associations of dark mysticism, cold, hidden lakes and forests come to mind. (…) Nine songs recorded in idyllic solitude.” – Tip
“a masterpiece in every respect. (…) With excellent melodies and an imposing musicality Josefine Lindstrand manages to gain entrance into “her” world of Sweden.” – Concerto
“(…) Josefine Lindstrand’s voice full of Scandinavian fragility. Gentle, melodious, beautiful.” – musicheadquarter.com
”Josefine Lindstrand is really a new star of the horizon. With strong melodies, interesting arrangements and outstanding musicianship, Josefine and her fellow musicians are creating a landscape full of pleasant surprises. Enjoy.” – Nils Landgren
“Concerning Josefine, her music sounds really good. You can hear the hard work she spent on the arrangements and sounds which leads me to believe that Josefine is someone who wants something with her music.” – Jan Lundgren
“Josefine Lindstrand is one of those exciting artists who moves effortlessly between genres and styles, and along the way has found her own expression.” – Lira Musikmagasin
“the singing is remarkable, the tunes and arrangements distinctive, and the jazz restrained but explicit enough to keep you guessing.” – The Guardian about “There Will Be Stars”
“between trip hop, advanced pop and jazz” – Jazzthing
“a sonic bed somewhere between Christmas oratorio, Nordic singer/songwriter tradition and a large portion of dark mystery” – Jazzthetik
Educated at the Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark she kicked off her career early, when she (by the age of 20) was discovered by British pianoplayer Django Bates, and asked to become the lead singer of his band Human Chain (Iain Ballamy, Martin France and Michael Mondesir).
For over a decade they performed together at the biggest jazzfestival, ex. Utrecht with Asko Ensemble, The North Sea Jazzfestival in Holland. British Symfonia Orchestra in Thessaloniki och Athens. Performed at festivals like Umeå jazzfestival, Jazz on beach festival in Espoo Finland, Oslo jazzfestival, Umeå jazzfestival. Leeds fuse festival. Cheltenham jazzfestival. Vilnius jazzfestival, Belfast jazzfestival, Sarajevo jazzfestival, Kalisz jazzfestival in Poland. They also recorded with the famous Metropole Orchestra in Holland with conductor/ arranger Vince Mendoza.
“I’ve been lucky to work with Josefine in big bands, orchestras, in duo, with string quartet; from the Metropole Orchestra to Human Chain. Actually it was not luck, I just kept booking her! And each time, she was not only the brightest spark in the band, but also the best prepared and most chilled. That’s a powerful combination and I can’t wait to experience it again.” – Django Bates
"A music that develops its own magic even in very quiet places. (…) Many exciting ingredients – and a strong listening experience” – BRKlassik
“carefully placed piano chords and bass parts, plus a stable carpet of sound woven from accents of other instruments. Her songs (…) stand firmly on the ground.” – Jazzpodium
2007 she was asked to sing the part as Desdemona in American jazzpianist Uri Caines version of Othello in Roms auditorium, at Theater an der Wien in Vienna and Stanford University, San Fransisco. Together with Bunny Siegler, Jim Black and Chris Speed and more.
They also recorded the album The Othello Syndrome (Winter & Winter).
2009 Josefine released her first soloalbum, There Will Be Stars (Caprice Records). This record got a lot of attention in Sweden and Josefine, who mostly had toured abroad up til then got really busy in Sweden. She was selected to be ”Best Jazz in Sweden 2009” and the domestic tour with her own band, continued abroad in 2010, playing in New York, Shanghai, Scandinavia, Japan, Germany, Portugal, Czech Rep etc
2012 her second album Clouds (Antfarm Records) established her name for real on the Scandinavian jazz/pop scene, and the touring continued.
Along side touring with her own band, she started touring with Czech guitarist David Doruzka in Poland and Czech Rep. They recorded the highly acclaimed album Silently Dawning (Animal Records).
2015 she was comissioned to compose music for Norrbotten Big Band from Sweden. The colloboration was very sucessful, and Josefine decided to record an album with them. This was Josefines third album, and it’s called ”While we sleep” (Antfarm Music), and for that album she receives the prestigious Jazzkatten award by the Swedish Radio for best Composer of the year 2017.
Since then Josefine has been writing a lot of commisions for choir, Big Band and ensembles. Also she is a requested composer for music in films.
A part from that, and working on her new album she ’s recorded and toured with Swedish reed-player Thomas Backman. Playing in Sweden, London Jazzfestival, Rochester Jazzfestival, Washington Scandinavian Jazzfestival, Scandinavian House in New York, Stockholm Jazzfestival, Umeå Jazzfestival etc.
And now she will release her new album Mirages by the lake. It is filled with music that will take you on a trip back to Josefines childhood, in the dark and adventurous woods and cold, hidden lakes in Sweden. The music was recorded on the country side outside Stockholm in a beautiful studio, with her own favourite musicians from way back (Jonas Östholm-piano, Gunnar Halle-trumpet, Pär-Ola Landin-double bass, Fredrik Myhr-drums).
After that Josefine has worked with the material in her own studio, creating sounds, voices, synths, atmospheres, and editing/playing around, like building LEGO.
In February 2019 Josefine travelled to Bonn to record the beautiful voices of Bundes Jazz Orchester choir. That was the last piece of the building to make it complete.