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Caroline Leander was born in Lund, Sweden and started her musical training at the age of 6. Her starting-point was the piano, later on adding voice and accordeon, she has worked as a free-lance musician in extensive musical contexts. 18 years old, she started her career at Malmö Theatre Academy transforming Verdis ”La Traviata” to solo piano in the theatre-play “the Lady of the camellias”.
Ever since, Caroline has frequently appeared on stages of dance and theatre as a pianist, composer and conductor.
Between -85 and -87 she studied at the Folk-highschool of Skurup, then continued to Italy and Greece, where she was touring with differnet groups based on jazz and improvised music.
A part from clubs and theatres she also performed on stages like Umbria Jazz Festival and Patras Jazz Festival.
In the beginning of the 90’s Caroline returned to Sweden and Malmö, where she formed her own band.
Since then she has released 3 CD:s with her own material and she has participated in many other recordings.
Her Swedish band has performed in clubs and festivals in Sweden and parts of Europe, for ex Skeppsholmsfestivalen (Swe), Pori Jazz (Fin), plus several tours in Germany and Italy. During this period she also studied at Malmö Music Academy.
Since 2000 Caroline collaborates with the French singer and guitarist Ann Marie Teinturier in the French-sounding duo Prunes, working in Sweden, Denmark and France. They have played in theatres, clubs and festivals like Victoriateatern, Malmöfestivalen and Visfestivalen in Västervik. Prunes has released several albums, the latest with their own songs.
This resulted in an invitation to the French national radio(France Culture) for a live concert and reportage.
2010 she released a new album, Under my heart, which was very well received by the press, including nomination for the Golden Record in Orkesterjournalen. She formed her new group with Anders Lorentzi (bass) and Bo Håkanson (drums/percussion). The 12 songs embrace singer songwriter, pop and jazz with room for sounds and colours from marimba, vibrafon,cello and flugelhorn.
The band was expanded with guitarist Peter Tegner and gave concerts at Jazz Under the Stars in Brantevik, Mejeriet in Lund and at Fasching Jazz Club in Stockholm.
Caroline received a scholarship from SKAP (Sweden kompisitörer of popular music)
In 2011 she wrote and arranged music together with the singer Felicia Konrad, which resulted in Felicia’s live and CDprojekt “Cosmic Wash Over” and she was working on her upcoming album “Melting Into happiness.”
In the summer of 2012 Caroline will give concerts with her band and she’ll be playing in the show “Betty Lemon” at Skillinge Theatre.
The new album is released September 12.
Since autumn 2009 Caroline is working as a accompanist at Skånes Dansteater (Malmö) and Dansens Hus and The school of modern dance in Copenhagen.
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Composing and recording her 5th album, concerts with her band.
Concert at Copenhagen Jazzhouse with saxophonist Mette Ott “among friends”.
Composing and arranging music for Felicia Konrad’s album “Cosmic Wash Over”, released in Sept-11.
Playing French music in the show Tête à tête with Harald Leander.
Accompanist at Skånes Dansteater Malmö.
Release of her fourth solo album “Under my heart” on dB-Productions/Naxos.
Scholarship from SKAP (Swedish Composers of Popular Music)
Nominated to the Golden record in the magazine OJ (Orkesterjournalen)
Accompanist at Skånes Dansteater Malmö, Dansens Hus Copenhagen
Concerts at Stiftsgården Åkersberg Höör, with different guests.
Pianist in the soundtrack of the film ”Dear Alice” (Othman Karim) composed by Magnus Jarlbo.
Accompanist at Skånes Dansteater and the School of modern dance in Copenhagen.
Concerts with the French/Swedish duo Prunes, singer songwriter Hanna Åberg, saxophonist Mette Ott, guitarist Peter Tegnér, solo concerts.
Collaboration with the magician Malin Nilsson.
Pianist in Påsksoarén Skillinge Teater.
Recordings of her coming album in Gula Studion, technician and co-producer David Carlsson.
Concerts with Prunes in France and Sweden, Visfestivalen in Västervik.
Live-concert and reportage in the French national radio. (France Culture).
Pianist in the cabaret ”Snart halvtid” with Michael Segerström and Katarina Zell,
Påsksoarén at Skillinge Teater.
Release of the third album of Prunes, ”Grande Rue”, with their own material.
Concerts in Sweden, Denmark and France.
Concerts with among others Gunhild Carling, Malin Nilsson and Mette Ott.
Composing music to Orderi, a radio-play for children produced by UR (script & dir. Jenny Bergman co-author/director of the films “Plötsligt (igen) i Vinslöv”.
Singing with the electronica-duo YMC on their album ”Essentials”.
Soundtrack to presentation films about the West Harbour-project Bo 01 in Malmö (produced by Anders Granquist/Good World).
Releasing two albums with Prunes, concerts in Sweden, Denmark and France.
Concerts with Mette Ott in Sweden and Denmark, concerts in Poland and Sweden with the quartet Ensemble Miró releasing their first album.
Pianist in the cabaret FAST at Skillinge Teater with the actors Eva Rexed and Harald Leander.
Pianist in the soundtrack of the films ”Om Sara” (regi Othman Karim),
”Percy, Buffalo Bill och jag” (regi Anders Gustafsson), “Kan man dö i himlen?” (regi Erlend E. Mo) composed by Magnus Jarlbo.
Arranging, playing and conducting in the musical ”sluka mig” at Helsingborgs Stadsteater.
Concerts and records with her own band, participation in different recordings. Performing with her band in Sweden and abroad on stages like Skeppsholmsfestivalen, Pori Jazz, Hangö and Helsinki (Finland), tours in Germany and Italy.
Pianist in shows with members from Varieté Vauduvill.
Studies at Malmö Music Academy.
Pianist in the cabaret ”Kaos i korsetten” with Anette Norberg & Kattis Ohlsson.
Second half living in Italy and Greece, touring with different groups based on jazz and improvised music. Performing at clubs and theatres and stages like Umbria Jazz Festival and Patras Jazz Festival. Member in the group Italian Vocal Ensemble with the jazzsinger Roberta Gambarini.
Accompanist and teacher at the School of Theatre in Milan.
Member of Mario Salazar Band, TV-film, concerts in Sweden and Holland.
Studies at Skurup folk-highschool.
Pianist and accompanist at the Theatre Academy and Studioteatern in Malmö.
Accompanist of modern dance and ballet at Danshuset in Lund.
Studies at S:t Petri Music College in Malmö.