Gunilla Törnfeldt

(born in Stockholm, 1980, resident Stockholm/Sweden), is a jazz vocalist and composer. She grew up in a musical family with both parents being classical musicians and music teachers. Singing has always been her natural way of expression, but early on she also began playing the piano and later the cello, even though the acoustic guitar replaced the cello in her twenties. Among her more significant influences, musicians and composers like Joni Mitchell, Kurt Weill, Kenny Wheeler, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Frisell, Keith Jarret and Maria Schneider. Törnfeldt studied voice, piano, improvisation, arranging and composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2001- 2006 with final graduation in 2008. She has been featured as a soloist with Monica Dominique Quintet as well as together with Carl-Axel Dominique Trio and different choirs when performing Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts. She have also been featured with the Laudaensemble and Georg Riedel, Jan Allan and Ove Lundin, for several tribute concerts and with late Swedish saxophone player Lars Gullin. She performed as the second soloist part in several productions of the musical African Madonna. Törnfeldt became a member of the jazz vocal sextet Vocation in 2007 and participated on their second album, which was released in 2008. Vocation played a lot of concerts and toured Sweden, Denmark and Germany, but Törnfeldt left the group in 2010 to focus on her solo career. She released her debut solo album with her own music, lyrics and arrangements, A Time for Everything in 2009. In 2010 she was awarded a working grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and started t write new music for her next album.
Selected recordings: Just Friends – Vocation, 2008, GASON Rec.
Awards, selection: 2004 Royal Academy of Music; 2006 Anders Sandrew's foundation; 2006 Fasching's Vänners Musikstipendium (Friends of Jazzclub Fasching Music grant).

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