“Improvisation is like us sitting here talking. It’s impulsive without reflection. We just let it spin. It’s like speaking straight from the heart. But to improvise you need to know the language … you have to have a language that you master. If you don’t, then you can’t improvise all the way. It’s about nuances and their shifts. A word can have so many different meanings”

Jan Lundgren

Jan Lundgren, Swedish pianist and composer. Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival, Ystad Winter Piano Fest and Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen. He is a Steinway Artist, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and has recorded over 50 albums.