Thursday, June 19, 2008

Jazz Pianist and Composer Esbjorn Svensson Dies in Scuba Diving Accident

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the wife, two children, and other family and friends of Swedish jazz pianist and composer Esbjorn Svensson, who recently died in a scuba diving accident.

Swedish jazz pianist and composer Esbjorn Svensson, who helped break genre boundaries and attracted a young audience outside the traditional jazz scene, died in a scuba diving accident on Saturday, his manager said.

Burkhard Hopper, manager of the Esbjorn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.), said 44-year-old Svensson, died on Saturday in Sweden's Stockholm archipelago.

Svensson was a big name in international jazz circles with e.s.t. winning critical acclaim and commercial success from Japan to the United States, mainly in European countries such as Germany, France and Britain, with albums such as Viaticum (2005) and Tuesday Wonderland (2006).

"Musically, he was the light that lit the world because in what he did he was pushing boundaries. Himself, he said he was following the music inside himself," Hopper said by telephone from Germany.

"His music inspired people in all corners of the world."

At the risk of sounding morbid, we're wondering what this scuba diving accident entailed. Most of the article at this time, give little or no indication as to what actually happened.

But a tragedy nonetheless.

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