Lars Hollmer, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Lars Hollmer

Swedish accordionist, keyboardist and composer

Date of Birth: 21-Jul-1948

Place of Birth: Linköping, Östergötland County, Sweden

Date of Death: 27-Dec-2008

Profession: composer, pianist, musician

Nationality: Sweden

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Lars Hollmer

  • Lars Gustav Gabriel Hollmer (21 July 1948 – 25 December 2008) was a Swedish accordionist, keyboardist and composer, whose work drew on music ranging from Nordic folk tunes to progressive rock.
  • He has been a member and/or founder of over half a dozen groups, most of whose work has been recorded at The Chickenhouse, his well outfitted home studio in his hometown of Uppsala.
  • His work with the band Samla Mammas Manna, in the late 1960s and early 1970s and up to 2002, when the re-formed group played at the two-day ProgDay festival in North Carolina, was and is considered progressive rock.
  • However, he is most centrally an empathetic and generous collaborator: whether as a member of Accordion Tribe, while working with the experimental guitarist Fred Frith, or while spending several months with Japanese jazz players, he seems to find a style that brings his partners to the fore while remaining identifiably himself.
  • Though his work is little known in the United States, he won a Swedish Grammis award in 1999 for his record Andetag.
  • He has also composed extensively for Swedish film, as well as for theatre and dance productions.
  • Consistent elements of his music throughout his career included use of irregular time signatures (often changing several times within a piece), a daring sense of improvisation (particularly vocal improvisation that utilized nonsense syllables), and used complex polyrhythms. Hollmer died in December 2008 of cancer, aged 60.
  • He is buried in Berthåga Cemetery in Uppsala.

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