PIA FRIDHILL BAND
SoulPopJazzFolkFunkRockBlues from Sweden.
No Covers. Only Originals.
Swedish singer/songwriter Pia Fridhill and her German husband Jens Hoffmann live and write music in a small house in the forests near Aachen, Germany. Contrary to most composing artists, the two of them make a case of not getting stuck in one particular genre, but rather inventing one of their own - ”Elch-Pop“. While this designation translates somewhat unelegantly into English as ”elk pop“, the German language not only lends it a playful tounge-in-cheek reference to Pia being Swedish, but actually depicts the couple’s terms of endearment towards one another; Elch and Elchlein (i.e. Big Elk and Little Elk).
The necessity to create such an impossible genre becomes obvious to anyone who listens to Fridhill’s and Hoffmann’s vast material of pop songs. The most accurate despription ends up being a rather long word: SoulPopJazzFolkRockFunkBossaNovaAlternative...to be continued. ”In order not to bore ouselves or our audience with yet another song in the same style, we’d rather explore a new genre for the next new song“, says Fridhill, adding; ”..but there are definitively preferences with the Beatles and the 70s“.
Their range of hit potential ridden pop melodies, melancholic power ballads and dynamic rock songs is firmly rooted in a fundament of acoustic instruments; cello, cajon, acoustic guitar, accordion and the half-acoustic 70s e-piano Fender Rhodes. Each song has its own compelling story, often told with humor and warmth during concerts or in its full version on the band’s website (The Stories Behind The Songs). Rock and Blues flavors take turns with Jazz-, Gospel and Folk influences and, in the middle of it all, Fridhill throws in a old swedish folk tune, sung ’a capella’ with ”nordic“ power, embodying the voice of a strong woman making the best out of the downside of patriarchy.
Visiting a Pia Fridhill concert leaves one with a feeling of familiarity and joy sprung from the Music itself. It’s like being invited to chat over a glass of wine, to cry over love, life and the universe and to laugh at oneself and the world. Humor and wit followed by musicality and a hearty atmosphere turns an encounter with Pia Fridhill and her band into a very special experience.
another great jazz singer"
- Radio Scala (transl. from German)
- Wolrath Wolff, Guitar Acoustic (transl. from German)
- Wolfgang Giese, RockTimes (transl. from German)
PIA FRIDHILL [VOCALS]
Swedish singer Pia Fridhill has lived in Germany for 18 years. She gave up a well-paid management engineering job to become a full-time musician, something she’d always wanted to do, despite her family's will. Her musical career begun shortly after she moved to Germany and met blues/jazz veteran John C. Marshall, in whose band she would spend the next couple of years learning to live, breathe and make music the way Marshall himself was taught by the great Ray Charles himself (and Aretha Franklin, Rosa King, Slide Hampton et al). In the midst of this work Pia Fridhill met the love of her life, Jens Hoffmann, a Songwriter of his own merit. Just a couple of months after their marriage the two of them recorded the first album „Breakfast on the roof“ together with the John C. Marshall Band, the Man Himself having arranged their pop songs in a 70s R&B style. More albums in various genres and formations followed, for example the critic’s love-child "My Swedish Songbook", where Fridhill takes a trip back to her home country, praising 300 years of traditional folk music in modern, jazzy arrangements.
The new album "Every Morning Is A New Song" exhibits the full range of team Fridhill/Hoffmann’s songwriting abilities. The English lyrics are personal, poetic, critical but above all, full of emotion. Fridhill’s vocals stretch from childish warmth through soul powered passion into rocky shouting. And the band lays a solid fundament of true, „Beatle-esque’ musicianship that truly paints out all the possibilities of chord progressions and melody modulations that should be available to musicians today.