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Daniel Karlsson Trio



Daniel Karlsson Trio signs to Bark At Your Owner Label a part of the CMG Holdings group based in Solna Stockholm, Sweden.


The three musicians Daniel Karlsson, Christian Spering and Fredrik Rundqvist were musically raised and created through the Stockholm jazz scene were musicians like Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielsson, Esbjörn Svensson a.o used to appear and inspire every week. DKT is sprouted via this flourishing environment and was founded 2010.


The Daniel Karlsson Trio have, since their album debut Das Taxibåt in September 2013, established themselves as one of the most interesting constellations in Swedish and European jazz. 2014 the trios second outing ”Fusion for Fish” brought them a hattrick in Music Awards. Swedish Grammis, National Swedish Radio’s award ”Jazzkatt” and Magazine OJ’s ” Gyllene skivan (=Gold Record)”.

This in all in combination with frequent radio airplay in Europe and the acknowledgment in European press who opened the door into the international market for the band. Another four album have been released since. More attention has followed such as grammy nominees, airplay, live concerts in radio and, lately, the Swedish prize Jazzkannan -21.

The sound in the band has a wide spectra of influences across genres. They’ve been described as playful and fearless of taboos. You can sense the Nordic melancholy between the flirts with rhythms from other continents as well as Soul of the sixties. All played in an unmistakable personal way and with a sound sparsely enriched by modern electronics.

Their personal presence on stage has become their earmark. During the last years and numerous tours all over Europe the band has developed it’s relation to it’s music and audience. Now focusing on telling the unwritten story to the listener. There is always a message in music, unique for each and every receiver. Communicating this inner journey is the core of the trios current work. Not chasing for the hippest chord or trying to live up to jazzy expectations.

Shoulder Pads

Shoulder Pads is a straight forward uptempo tune in 5/8. The dress up of the trios acoustic recording is a flirt with the eighties. A recollection of the musical universe of a piano studying teenager with Idols like Pat Metheney and Yellow Jackets stitched to the wall paper. This tune breathes faith in future and eagerness to experience it.
Released Sept 2, 2022

The new single is titled “Shoulder Pads”. As always, at the core, the acoustic piano trio with a topping of electronics added to the mix. Fredrik Rundqvist on drums and Christian Spering on bass.

The new EP “Climbing The Ladder” comes October 14th!


Climbing The Ladder Ep

The EP Climbing the Ladder has, once again, been created and recorded in Daniel’s home studio on the island of Runmarö in the scenic Stockholm Archipelago. Surrounded by the silence and darkness of the Baltic sea.


Confirmed gigs at the moment:

Sept 1 Bonn, Beethoven festival, Harmonie DE
Sept 25 Billerbeck/Coesfeld, Klovenburg DE
Sept 26 Darmstadt DE
Sept 28 Ingolstadt DE

Oct 6 Kidderminster UK
Oct 12 Exeter Phoenix, Exeter UK
Oct 13 Stoller Hall, Manchester UK
Oct 14 Birmingham UK
Oct 15 Club Valley jazz, Club Valley UK
Oct 20 Wolverhampton UK
Oct 21 Uppsala UKK, SE
Nov 1 Bydgoszcz International Jazz Festival, Bydgoszcz PL
Nov 12 SASKATOON , Alberta The Bassment club CA
Nov 17 Montreal, Theatre Alphonse-Desjardins CA
Nov 19 QUEBEC CITY, Quebec Palais Montcalm – Maison de la musique CA
Nov 23 Fürstenfeldbruck DE
Nov 24 Pullach/Bürgerhaus DE
Dec 6 Halmstad, SE


Daniel Karlsson Trio - Shoulder Pads (DS) UPC: 196922154522   ISRC: SE6562200101
Release date: Sept 2, 2022

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Daniel Karlsson Trio - Climbing The Ladder (DS) UPC:   ISRC: SE6562200102
Release date: Sept 30, 2022

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Daniel Karlsson Trio - Climbing The Ladder (EP) UPC:
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Release date: Oct 14, 2022

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For sync licensing contact (we control 100% of both sides) and For radio broadcast, Playlist curators and media:

John Cloud, MD​

Bark AT Your Owner

+46 703 755090

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We are a part of the CMG Holdings Group.  
Which holds labels Icons Creating Evil Art, Despotz Records, Flick Agency and Mars Music Publishing and more.

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