jazz bassist – cellist – composer
The bassist and cellist Svante Söderqvist (b. 1980) has during his more than 15 years of professional musicianship become known as one of Sweden’s most prominent jazz bassists. Over the years he as worked with many Swedish jazz musicians, among them Rigmor Gustafsson, Margareta Bengtson (earlier in The Real Group), Nils Landgren and Magnus Lindgren. More recently he has also returned to the classical world and now has recurring freelance jobs as a classical bassist in for example Marinens Musikkår.
Since 2018 Svante Söderqvist has worked with his first own ensemble where he plays both double bass and cello as well as composing the music. This project has been a vision and goal of his since many years back and in it he collaborates with old-time colleagues Adam Forkelid (piano) and Calle Rasmusson (drums/percussion). In the ensemble, Söderqvist creates a unique expression by using both the double bass and the cello, sometimes also accompanied by his own singing.
The music is personal with a clear melodical and rhythmic foundation, and it has influences from both jazz, folk and classical music. In the end of May 2019 the debut album “Arrival” was recorded and it was released on March 20th 2020 by Prophone Records (Naxos). Guest solo artist on the album is the internationally well-known jazz violinist Adam Bałdych.
where the acquirement of both folk music traditions and techniques from the classical music, becomes
a process far beyond superficial embellishments. It’s part of a deeply rooted language.
– Joakim Milder