Anna's Combo is an ensemble consisting of Anna Nyhlin, voice, Olof Wendel, marimba/vibraphone/percussion, and Jonas Dominique, double bass.
The musicians in Anna's Combo have performance degrees in Western classical music, but have expanded their knowledge into a variety of other musical styles by playing and singing tango, jazz, opera, pop, rock, folk, world music and contemporary music in various projects.
Baroque music, folk music and different kind of chansons have a prominent role in their programmes, but their aim is to think beyond genres and turn their musical experiences into something entirely new. The combination of their instruments is an exciting challenge, which in itself is a source of inspiration.
The foundation of all baroque music, as in blues and in a lot of other music too, is the bass line. Adding chords produces a harmonious structure for the melody: basso continuo. Not much different from a bass line and chords in jazz. During the 17th and 18th centuries, organ, harpsichord and lute were the typical basso continuo instruments. In Anna’s Combo, vibraphone and marimba are used for playing basso continuo as well as arranged orchestral parts or piano accompaniments, so that they fit within the four voices that the percussionist has access to. The double bass adds the baseline to underpin the melodies, but can also sound percussive when needed.
Anna Nyhlin, has specialized in music composed before 1800. She has performed throughout Europe with ensembles such as The New Dutch Academy, Rebaroque, The Bach Ensemble (Joshua Rifkin), The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, The Swedish Baroque Orchestra, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and Tirami Su (Erin Headley).Anna has produced and toured with numerous chamber music programs in Sweden and Europe. Her ensembles have been much praised for their ability to bring the text forward as well as letting their instruments reflect and express the message of the poetry. Anna studied baroque voice performance at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Emma Kirkby and Nancy Argenta, and at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm with Susanne Rydén. Anna has also studied medieval, renaissance and baroque dance at The College of Dance in Stockholm, which has led to numerous engagements where music, dancing and theatre from the 17th and 18th century have been combined.
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Olof Wendel, born in Lund, has a Master of fine Arts and Soloist Diploma in percussion at the University of Gothenburg. He is freelancing as a percussionist mainly playing marimba and vibraphone. Olle is requently playing with Katzen Kapell, Gothenburg Chambersoloists and Rebaroque. He has also been engaged by Kroumata, KammarensembleN, NorrlandsOperan, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber orchestra, Folkoperan, Rikskonserter in Norway and Sweden, Musik i Väst, Piteå Chamber Opera and Royal Swedish Opera.
Jonas Dominique is a double-bass player, conductor, arranger and composer born in Stockholm and raised in a family with many musicians. Jonas graduated as a musician and conductor from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and has since then worked as a freelance bass player and conductor in Sweden and abroad. Project in selection: arranger and musical director for Carmen at the Park Theatre (2001), directed the musical Kristina at Cirkus in Stockholm (1998-99), conductor of Carmina Burana at the Dramatic Ensemble in Stockholm (1990); plays bass in Rebaroque and has been conducting several operas at Folkoperan in Stockholm.
Anna's Combo offers several programmes special designed for the actual scene. With an unique combination of music from all kinds of genres - from the renaissance up to contemporary music - we arrange the best songs from all time for our set up. Anna's Combo has performed at the jazz scene and in cathedrals, in castles and in small churhces.
For the jazz scene we offer programmes where we mix songs by, among others, Michel Le Grand and Duke Ellington with standards in a new musical costume. Classical tangos mixed with latin-inspired pop-songs, and in between: swedish folk songs and songs by the 17th century composers Barbara Strozzi & Luigi Rossi - surprisingly groovy music when played in our way!
When performing in a church we add traditional hymns, played in our own arrangements, and at the chamber music scene we bring a few more hits from the 17th century gold mine of songs.
Among the composers in our concert programmes you will find, among others, J S Bach (1685-1750), Michel LeGrand (1932-), Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), Duke Ellington (1899-1974), Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677), Astor Piazzolla (1921-92), Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1911) or perhaps John Dowland (1563 -1626) - in arrangements for singer, vibraphone and double bass.