Dan Berglund(E.s.t) and multi musician and producer Johan Lindström( Elvis Costello, Freddie Wadling among others) meet up and start writing songs. Old friends, since playing with Per ”Texas” Johansson 10 years earlier, they start to create the foundation for the first album, collabrating with different musicians.
Dan meets Tsool-keyboard player Martin Hederos at the Swedish grammy award and after some days he get asked
to join the project, he happily accepts and Tonbruket gets closer to it´s final line-up…
The studio in Halden-Norway is booked for the recording of the first album ”Dan Berglund´s Tonbruket”
and just some weeks before it´s time to go the final piece in the member puzzle is layer when Johan calls up drummer Andreas Werliin( Wildbirds and peacedrums, Fire!)
and after just 2 rehearsals they set of to Halden, Norway for 5 days of recordings and getting to know each other.
The chemistry is there from the start, they make music, stews and plays tennis together in the night.
Long time E.s.t collaborator Åke Linton is there engineering and everyone there feels that something very special has started.
The Album is released, an intense touring period follows. First in Sweden and then in Europe.
Autobahn is explored again and again by the minivan. The first tv-special ”Tonbruket underground” is being recorded outside Gothenburg and the band gets to fly an Helicopter… New songs is gradually introduced in the set and the process of the second album ”Dig it to the end” has begun.
The band decide that they want to keep the tempo of the bands in the 60´s , that means a record a year. They enter the famous Atlantis studio in Stockholm together with the equally famous house technician
Janne Hansson and the recordings of the second album can begin. With some help from sometimes stand in´s Nino Keller(Drums) and Thomas Hallonsten(Keaboards) and with some good vibes from Sweden´s Quincy Jones, the legendary Anders Burman, the band finds the environment to make a step creatively. Also at Atlantis, a new important component in the Tonbruket universe joins the process: the mighty illustrator and painting artist Jesper Waldesten are sitting in like a fly on the wall and draw the members in action and later becomes the cover artist for both ” Dig it to the end” and ” Nubium swim trip” and an essential creative force that complements the bands music.
The work´s continues in Johan´s own Hammarby studios, including a session with a five-speed gear bicycle( A decent life).
Tonbruket get their first Swedish Grammy for best jazz album 2010.
Fueled by that and the fact that their second album is mixed and ready they continue touring throughout Europe.
”Dig it to the end” is released in May and soon after that the bands make it´s first trip to
America w the Rochester and Vancouver jazz festivals as highlights.
The adventure also includes band photo in front of the White house and a magic day in San Fransisco.
The summer continues with more festivals experience such as an fantastic night at the Garana festival in Rumania.
After focusing mainly on Europe the the band does it´s first real Swedish tour and finds an fantastic audience from the north to the south. New song´s like ”Liga” finds it´s way to the repertoire and the process towards the third album starts slowly but steady.
The fall also includes an totally inspiring encounter with Mulate Astatke in France and mountain climbing together in Innsbruck during another Europen tour.
The band goes to India and Bombay to make a concert together with Jan Lundgren trio.
A second grammy is received for ”Dig it to the end”
Later the same year they also receives the trophy ”Jazzkatten” as best Swedish jazz-act of the year from the Swedish Downbeat, Orkesterjournalen. The year continues with touring and rehearsals as well as working with other project such as arranging music for big bands( Johan), farewell tours ( Martin w Tsool) and touring and recording w artist like Bugge Wesseltoft(Dan) and Fire!( Andreas)
Tonbruket joins up again for a superintense and creative period.
First together with Nadja Weiss, composing and creating the performance ”Undertiden” for the Swedish Royal Dramatic theatre
and then preparing for maybe their biggest adventure yet: recording their third album at The Abbey road studios in London.
The plan that started ca a year ago with Åke Linton and Johan launching
the idea that the third album should be recorded at the Shangri-La of studios, Abbey Road, is finally realized and the band finds themselves in studio 2 with the ambience and atmospehere that os A road and with 3 days booked. The session includes a lot of the famous celesta . Mixing by Johan is done back home in Stockholm and ”Nubium swim trip” is ready to be released…
The band celebrates the albumrelease with a special night at Södra teatern together with Anna Högberg,Per ”Texas” Johansson,Elin Larsson and Magnus Holmström on key-harp( also appears on the album)
Then follows a mighty 2 month long European tour with Ane Brun, both acting support band and back up orchestra, together with Nina Kinert and Ola Hultgren.
In the end of the tour Andreas Werliin announces to the band that he has to take a year of or so from Tonbruket under 2014 due to his other projects he is involved in. Particulary Fire Orchestra and Mariam the Believer/Wildbirds and Peacedrums.Neither was he satisfied with the recording process under ”Nubium Swimtrip”. It was a sad ending of the tour and leaved a lot of unanswered questions….
In the beginning of 2014 Tonbruket recieves their third Swedish grammy award in the category ”Jazz”. Next day begins a new Tonbruket tour in Sweden. Now with the drummer Ola Hultgren as stand in for Andreas on most of the tour.
During 2013 Dan Berglund is also involved in a new band with Bugge Wesseltoft
and a live project called ”EST symphony” which included Dan and drummer from EST Magnus Öström with guest artists and a symphony orchestra.
Johan Lindström started to work on his first arrangements for Symphic Orchestra with artists such as Ebbot Lundberg and Moneybrother. Recording two albums as a musician/producer with swedish artist called Edda Magnason and the band Graveyard.
Martin Hederos was occupied as well with producing the artist Sarah Riedel, writing scores for ballets and movies with his longtime collabration partner Peter Von Poehl and started up duo project with Nina Persson. He also did some piano tracks for the motion picture ”Gentlemen”
Was this the end of Tonbruket?
After the summer Andreas and Johan talked it through. And Johan decided to change his methods in the aspects of composing and recording with a ”band”. -You have to leave a lot of holes for your friends to fill upp in a ”song”. Otherwise there´s not gonna be a co-work situation. Tonbruket has a unique combination between ”Composed music”, ”Jam Music” and so called ”Non/ Music”.
In the fall 2014 Johan,Martin Dan found themself working together again with director Nadja Weiss for the play based on Aki Kaurismäki´s ”The Man Without a Memory”.
This new ”comission”,writing tango´s and Polka´s for a play came as a very upplifting situation for the three of them. Most of the inspiration came from the Salvsation Army music archives,”Music from a Bygone Age” series such as Ion Petre Stoican and Dona Dumitru Siminica and of coarse the sweet soundtrack of ”The Grand Budapest Hotel”.
At the same time in the other side of Stockholm Andreas Werliin and his band Fire did the music
for another play/performance callled ”The Flying Child”.
February 2015 Tonbruket reunited with all original members including Åke Linton for a gig at the ”Gothenburgh Concert House”.Everyone was happy to play with each other again. Talk of maybe doing another album together developed over the spring and turned to reality 9th of May. While recording some demos in a room called ”Lejonkulan” they felt the spark were back for sure and so they all went to Hamburg in the end of that summer and recorded the album”Forevergreens”. And here we are now……..
Dan Berglund / double bass
Martin Hederos / piano, keyboards, violin
Johan Lindström / guitar, pedal steel, keyboards, piano
Andreas Werliin / drums & percussion