Adam Forkelid – Turning Point (May 3, 2024)

Release: May 3, 2024

A cherished figure in the Scandinavian jazz scene, Stockholm based pianist/composer Adam Forkelid‘s dynamic musical career spans over two decades, intertwining with various bands and performing with renowned artists including the Norrbotten Big Band, Pedro Martins, Louis Cole & Knower, Maria Schnieder and the Svante Söderqvist Trio. 

Following his 2021 release ‘1st Movement’ hailed by Swedish National Radio as one of the best of the year, his latest upcoming work offers a contemporary Nordic mirror into the journey of life. ‘Turning Point’ is set to release on May 3rd.

The birth of ‘Turning Point’ stems from Forkelid’s sonic exploration of life’s inevitable changes that make up each of our personal stories. Written across a month and recorded in a single day, the record showcases a poignant fusion of the piano and guitar – a collaborative interplay central to the record’s identity.  

Forkelid’s expansive palette of influence includes flavors borrowed from classical composers Satie and ChopinBrazilian and Cuban rhythms, to Bill Frisell and Chick Corea. Blending the acoustic jazz idiom with hints of electricity and a distinctive Nordic touch infuses the album with soulful, albeit energetic allure self-described as ‘New Nordic Jazz’.

From the stark melancholic textures synonymous with the Nordic sound to euphoric highs, Forkelid’s compositions are grounded in jazz’s rich history of songwriting. Marrying lyrical, memorable melodies with deep grooves and high-octane virtuosic improvisations, the composer feels the role of his music is to “to move people and give them something relatable, not being specifically forward looking or retrospective, but just to be here and now”.

Joining the pianist are some of the most in-demand instrumentalists in Sweden; contemporary progressive guitar titan Carl Mörner Ringström (Marius Neset, David Binney), bassist Niklas Fernqvist and drummer Daniel Fredriksson.

Line up

Adam Forkelid | Piano
Carl Mörner Ringström | Guitar
Niklas Fernqvist | Bass
Daniel Fredriksson | Drums

Track Listing

Turning Point
Strive
The Space Between
No Man’s Land
Moving On
The Old House
No Worries
Fragments