Adam Forkelid, piano and keys
Putte Johander, bass
Jon Fält, drums
LEKVERK is one of the most interesting groups on the Swedish jazz scene right now. Pianist Adam Forkelid, bassist Putte Johander and drummer Jon Fält form an innovative and original trio that combine razor-sharp jazz music with unexpected and adventerous musical stunts that often tend to leave the audience smiling.
Anyone who has heard Jon with the internationally renowned Bobo Stenson Trio (ECM) knows how his spontaneus and liberating ideas can infuse the most delicate and moving music with playfulness.
In Lekverk Jon is in the company of musicians who do not hesitate to walk the same path. Adam, Putte and Jon form a three man strong creative collective. The trio have so far released two albums. Their strong debut, ”21st Century Jump” (2008) – a pretty straight forward acoustic piano trio album – was followed by the totally unique album ”Everyday” (2010), recorded in the members own homes, using instruments ranging from 80‘s Korg synths and electric bass to kitchen sinks, coffe tables and harmonium. On top of a unanimous praise from the Swedish press, the album was also selected one of the best albums of the year in Sweden’s largest newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, and was rewarded with the Manifest Award for Best Jazz Album (a Swedish independent label equivalent of a Grammy Award).
But Lekverk is also, according to Sweden’s most well renowned jazz critic Johannes Cornell, ”a band you just have to see live” and their joyfulness and sheer energy, both musically and on stage, always sets the crowd in motion.
Sometimes they also invite other musicians to join them, in an extended band called Lekverk XL, and some of the guests include the new Swedish saxophone star of recent years Elin Larsson, trombonist Karin Hammar, the keyboard genius Mats Öberg (known from playing with Frank Zappa and his own Mats/Morgan Band), a local Stockholm gospel choir, and even Sweden’s best youth big band, Gävleborgs Ungdoms Big Band, with which Lekverk was the featured artist of 2012, playing Lekverk’s original music in newly arranged versions.