Karin Hammar

(born 1974 in Boden, resident Stockholm,Sweden), studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm 1994-1999 and she has freelanced as a full time musician since 1997, playing the trombone in the jazz field. She also composes music for her different projects she is involved with. Her CD With Friends, consisting of Hammars original music, was released in the fall of 2004. As a musician she has worked with most of the professional big bands in Sweden, but also with the European EBU Big Band, the Scandinavian April Light Orchestra and the South-African/Scandinavian World Music group Jazzmyne. She has played with Jazz Baltica Ensemble,West Deutche Rundfunk Big Band and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. Hammar has toured and recorded with Kenny Werner, Tim Hagans, Steve Swallow, Gary Burton, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Carla Bley, Jim McNeely. She is also a frequent soloist in smaller ensembles and has toured in China, Thailand, Holland, Japan, UK, France, Italy, Kosovo, Iceland, Denmark, Russia, the US, Canada, Turkey, Brazil, the Phillippines etc. Hammar is at the time co-leading projects with collegues from France, Norway, Brazil, Holland, the US and South-Africa. In 2007, Karin Hammar Quartet was formed. The quartet played at the Jazz Festival Jazz Baltica. They also tour regularly in Germany and Sweden. The quintet Sliding Hammers, which Hammar led between 1997 to 2008,  together with her also trombone playing sister Mimmi Hammar, has toured in many countries written above. In 2012 Hammar was involved in a CD project, (Skip Records), in co-operation with the Canadian bass player Chris Jennings, and the CD is featuring the Canadian/American trumpet player Ingrid Jensen. Hammar is a thrilled musician playing salsa, Brazilian music, pop and soul and her trombone has appeared on many of the albums of Swedish pop stars, film tracks and commercial jingles.
Selected recordings: With the Sliding Hammers: A Place to Be, Gazelle Records; Spin Around Gazelle Records;  A beautiful Friendship Prophone Records, Slidig Hammers Sings  Spice of Life Records; Karin Hammar as a leader: Everyday Magic, Skip Records; Good Vibe Project With Friends, Prophone Records.
Awards, selection: 2004, Alice BabsĀ“ Award; Jazz Club Fasching Award, The culture prize of Stockholm City; Thore Swanerud award; 2009 SKAP grant (The Swedish Society of Composers of Popular Music).

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