There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
- Christopher Morley
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Tomas Karlsson - guitarist, educator/ teacher, composer/ songwriter/ arranger, poet, jazz club owner, cultural producer, philosopher... - Kristiinankaupunki, Finland
Here you will find the latest information on what I am up to these days, like my bands, gigs and other projects. This site will also be a source for all kinds of nice and useful stuff for ( jazz) guitarists/ musicians such as FREE lessons, my original tunes, some licks, etudes, transcriptions and written solos and a lot of other stuff. You will also find that throughout these pages there are tiny bits of philosophy here and there interwoven with the music material. I like to think of it as Zen philosophy - but it is really nothing more than "ancient Eastern common sense everyday life type of wisdom" that most of us humans have lost somewhere along the way through history but that we can find again...
- Finally - I just released a few new singles! Listen to Innocent Mental Mood, Innocent Mental Mood Episode II, Spring Flowers and TANSTAFJ ( There Ain't No Such Thing as Free Jazz) on Spotify or any other streaming service! You can also buy them from CD Baby or iTunes.
- Lately, I have written a lot of poetry. My poetry book Kokelimoj is available now. I also perform at poetry readings and arrange poetry readings myself. My poetry can be found on the Swedish website poeter.se and on my Instagram page.
- I am soon going to release my second CD. This one is also going to feature instrumental music. It is going to be jazzier, more progressive, more written/ arranged and feature more different instruments - like keyboards and wind instruments... I am going to start more or less from zero and make a very different album than my last one. Why? Because I can... :-)
- My CD Zen Guitar Songs was released Sep 5 2015. You can buy it directly from me, order it from the shop, buy it from CD Baby or iTunes or in most local record shops. You can also listen to it on Spotify and other streaming services.
- I have been elected Kristiinankaupunki's Artist of the Year 2013!
- I currently teach guitar, ukulele, electric bass, piano, drums, ensemble playing, improvisation, composition/ songwriting/ arranging, notation and music theory at Musikinstitutet Legato/ Legato Music School, at Kauhajoen evankelinen opisto, at Kristinestads medborgarinstitut, at Närpes vuxeninstitut and at Lappfjärds folkhögskola.
- I have now for a few years been studying online at Berklee College of Music. I have already received a Specialist Certificate in Jazz Composition and Arranging and now I am studying Music Composition for Film, TV and Games...
- Check out my pages on facebook, bandcamp, hitRECord, Instagram, LinkedIn, ReverbNation, SoundCloud, Spotify or YouTube.
- I and a couple of other musicians have formed a working group called Krs Jazz. Krs Jazz has been arranging jazz concerts/ gigs in the Kristiinankaupunki area since 2008.
- My FREE online jazz lessons are updated frequently. The latest lessons are A Series of Lessons on Composition/ Songwriting/ Arranging, "Negative Harmony", On Writing Music and My Own Music.
- My pop CD is still in the works. Some vocals and percussion are still to be recorded and then it is the mixing, of course...
- Check out the map below by maploco! I love to see that this website is continuously visited from all over the world! If you like this website, how about dropping me a line? :-)
Last updated: Tue Feb 26 23:24 EET 2019.
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