The highlights of 2016

Meanwhile waiting for the first concerts of the year, it’s still a good moment to look back to what happened in 2016. Here’s we are especially happy for:

ECHO jazz award
Even though the best international drummer’s award didn’t go to Emil this time, the ECHO Jazz nomination itself was a big acknowledgement and a great start for the year.

The successful new release
EBT released their 3rd album on Skip Records in April. Falling Crystals (SKP 9135) stayed 3 weeks #1 on JPC jazz charts and got to the 7th position on the official German jazz charts of May, being the highest new entry of the month. It was the album of the week on SWR2, Deutschlandsradio Kultur and Der Freitag. The album was reviewed by many notable medias such as Stern, DPA, Jazzthing, Rondo and Jazzpodium. In addition, Falling Crystals was selected to the “Bestenliste” of German Record Critics’ Award in August 2016.

Over 200.000 streams on While we are here
8 months after the release of Falling Crystals, the album’s opening track While we are here broke the limit of 200.000 streams on internet. This is the highest number in the history of Skip Records (announced on on December 13, 2016.)

The video production
During the summer Emil, Tuomas and Max spent two days in a rainy forest in Sweden, shooting a video for the track “Longing”. The music video was released in October, and it was shown on the 3Sat TV-channel in Germany. Watch the video here

Good times on the road!
Emil Brandqvist Trio made an active concert year, including JazzArt Festival in Schwäbisch Hall, Falling Crystals release tour in April and May, Bad Homburger Poesi & Literaturfestival (featuring Dieter “Max” Moore) and November Tour in Germany and Austria with several sold-out concerts. Watch the trios video “On the road 2016” here

Thank you for your support and best wishes for the year ahead!