Josefine Lindstrand is a highly acclaimed jazzsinger, composer, and pianist 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.
A part from making her own music, touring around the world with her mesmerizing band, she has written comissions for choir, big band and movies. For over 10 years she has been the singer in british pianoplayer Django Bates Band Human Chain, and has performed and recorded with US-pianist Uri Caine.
"She is something of a phenomenon, with her fabulously imaginative songs, her theatrical performance as well as her phenomenally exciting voice", press quote from her last record "While we sleep".
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.
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.
Josefine Lindstrand, There Will Be Stars, Caprice Records
Josefine Lindstrand, Clouds, Antfarm Records
Josefine Lindstrand with Norrbotten Big Band, While We Sleep, Antfarm Records
Other albums ( by selection):
Django Bates, You Live and Learn (apparently), Lost Marble
Django Bates, Spring is here (shall we dance?), Lost Marble
Uri Caine Ensemble, Classical Variations, Winter & Winter
Uri Caine Ensemble, The Othello Syndrome, Winter & Winter
Erik Westberg, Amor Vita Mors, Studio Acusticum Records (SE)
Thomas Backman, Did You have a good day, David?, Modern Musik (SE)
Efterklang, Under Giant Trees, Rumraket, Leaf Label (DK/UK)
Efterklang, Parades, Rumraket, Leaf Label (DK/UK)
Sekten, Mägtiga vingar, ILK Records (DK)
Sekten, Annars är det tyst, ILK Records (DK)
David Doruzka, Silently Dawning, Animal Music (CZ)
Simon Toldam Prugelknabe, ILK Records (DK)