Sarah Riedel/Common Creature
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Sarah Riedel/Common Creature

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden | INDIE

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden | INDIE
Band Alternative Pop


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"Close to the essence of music"

Sarah Riedel allows the lyrics to leave their mark on the music, which, due to superb comp musicians, is afforded both character and strength.

Sarah Riedel was a pleasant acquaintance in connection with her appearance at the Umeå Jazz Festival. Her excellent articulation, where the message really hits the mark with the audience, is striking. These are lyrics sprung from the borderland between ballads and jazz. Moreover, unusually one might add, she is not only accompanied by three skilled jazz musicians; Carl Svensson on guitar, Viktor Skokic on double bass and Martin Öhman on drums, but also by a string quartet from the NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra, viz. the Avatar Quartet with Kersti Wilhelmsson, Emma Dencker on violin, Åsa Hjelm on viola, Kerstin Isakson on cello.? My impression is that Sarah Riedel prefers to let the lyrics take precedence over the music. The lyrics leave their mark on the music, too. As a consequence, the music is governed by the poetic or the bizarre, and due to superb musicians the comp becomes at the same time individual and fit for an ensemble. The music is afforded both character and inner strength.

Sarah Riedel’s arrangements for the Avatar Quartet appear balanced, and with the use of both pizzicatos and tremolo with the more traditional approach of the jazz trio, the arrangements become an all-absorbing totality for the audience. This was particularly evident in songs like “Coolness” and “Late July”. The tempi are consistently serene in Sarah Riedel’s music, executed by the seven musicians with an intimate approach to the essence of music. As already stated, the music moves in a borderland, but to be sure the three jazz musicians also knew how to improvise and develop themes so as to satisfy the jazz lovers.

Personally, I am in awe of a jazz singer and composer whose musicality and success is on a step to rise. - Bengt Hultman


Common Creature - 2011
Cornelis VS Riedel - 2011
Riedel/Skokic/Svensson - 2011
Memories of a lost lane - 2010
Hemligheter på vägen - 2008
Trollringen - 2004
Fri som en fågel - sent 90-tal
Nu sjunger Näktergalen - tidigt 90-tal
Lilla Ungen min - tidigt 90-tal
Till Amanda - tidigt 90-tal
Världens bästa Astrid - 1987



Sarah Riedel´s pop influenced jazz music is a world full of details in wich the musicians sensitively approaches the very essence of the music. Sarah Riedel lets the lyrics come out and leave their mark on the music; the poetic and the bizzare provides her debut solo cd "Memories of a lost lane" with both character and strength.

Sarah Riedel has for some years now gotten much attention as a singer. In February she was nominated for the Swedish Radio’s prestigious "Jazzkatten" Award. She was Grammy nominated in Sweden for her participation on the jazz album Hemligheter på vägen and was awarded the Sten A Ohlsson cultural grant in 2008. Audience and critics have given her unified praise and the reception has also been very favorable internationally; she has toured countrys such as Japan, Belgium and Finland.

April 13 2010 Sarah Riedels debut album consisting of solely original material was released. Sarah has done it brilliantly; the music, sometimes beautiful, sometimes bold and tense, is very current. Memories of a lost Lane holds great expectations; this detailed album speaks strongly for that Sarah Riedel, with her natural presence on stage and her musical integrity, will go far.