One of Scandinavia’s top guitar players, Jens Lysdal, visits Tings Lisbon

Singer, guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer visits Tings Lisbon

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Jens Lysdal was born in Sweden by Danish parents. Following a year in New Orleans the family moved to Denmark.

Jens Lysdal’s songs and albums – unaffected by trends – are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that has become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners.

His style is often subtle and poetic, but at the same time with an unmistakable sharpness in playing and writing.

Rooted in Scandinavian and american folk music, he covers a wide range of genres, that he often mixes – always using it for making lyrical and musical points.

What makes him stand out as a performer is the combination of his songs and voice (he is often referred to as “The Danish Leonard Cohen”) and his high level as an instrumentalist – the focus shifting between the songs and his guitar-playing.

Nationally and internationally he has received tremendous reviews and is regarded one of Scandinavian top guitar players.

His 2014 album “Easy Heart” was nominated “Best folk album” by the German reviewers association “Schallplatten-kritik” and  received overwhelming reviews, calling for an international breakthrough and comparing him to icons like Ry Cooder, Mark Knopfler and Tom Waits. One of his songs was nominated for an American Grammy in 2015.

Jens Lysdal: The Beauty of It All

When he recently re-released an updated version of his debut album “A matter of time”, Danish press called it: “One of the most solid works in newer Danish popular music history”.

Both his newer and older songs are frequently played on air and are featured in numerous Danish and international films.

He has scored several films himself and lately worked with five-time Emmy-winner, film composer Jakob Groth (“The girl with the dragon tatoo”) as vocalist and musician.

He is known for always playing and recording with top musicians.
His 2014 album “Easy Heart” was recorded in Austin, TX with bluegrass-icon Tim O’Brien (Mark Knopfler, the Chieftains) Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchel, Eric Clapton, Bill Frisell) Danny Frankel (Lou Reed, Marianne Faithful, KD Lang, Rickie Lee Jones) and Glenn Fukunaga (Bob Dylan, Dixie Chicks, Robert Plant).

Vintage parlor guitar, Weyman (1921)”The Congress Rag” 

His Duo/Symphony orchestra album “Keep the light in your eyes” (two Danish Music Award nominations) was recorded with his long time partner, legendary Danish bass player Hugo Rasmussen (Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins).

Before his solo-debut in 1995, he was a hard-working side-man and studio-musician, performing with artists like Sergio Mendes, The Pointer Sisters, Donna Summer and a string of Denmark’s top-performers.

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