Bielfeld- drums, percussion and vocals
Lindh's training on piano and organ began early in childhood,
also learning drums and percussion. In addition to the classical
masters, Lindh's early influences were progressive rock keyboard
pioneers Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. As a teenager in 1978
he joined the heavy-rock band Antenna Baroque as a drummer. The
following year he formed a local symphonic rock trio called Vincebus
Eruptum, manning the keyboards this time. In 1979, dismayed by
its direction, Lindh decided to leave the progressive rock scene
altogether and embark on a classical career as pianist and harpsichordist.
He moved to France where he resided for almost eight years, studying
piano and harpsichord, and performing recitals throughout Europe.
Lindh also was a member of the Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestra
for four years. He returned to Sweden in 1988 determined to once
again take up the banner of progressive rock.
1991 Pär Lindh & friends started The Swedish Art Rock
Society. The society arranged a festival in the autumn of that
year, featuring Anekdoten, Landberk, and the now-legendary Änglagård.
With this revitalization of progressive rock in Scandinavia, Lindh
began to build his own studio complex on his parents' farm in
Enköping, Sweden, collecting a wide range of vintage keyboards.
Gothic Impressions was the first record to emerge on the
private Crimsonic Label, in 1994. This debut CD showed influences
from renaissance music, early baroque, Bach, post-romanticism,
avant-garde, impressionism and from the classic symphonic rock
bands. The CD received stellar reviews in progressive rock publications
1995 Nisse Bielfeld (drums), Jocke Ramsell (guitars), Marcus Jäderholm
(bass), from the hard rock project R.F.P., became full members
of Pär Lindh Project. Magdalena Hagberg, a church-trained
alto who had guested on Gothic Impressions, was recruited
to fill all the vocal duties. The mini-CD Rondo was released
in that year as a brief introduction to the new, steady PLP lineup.
Lindh released the Tolkien-influenced album Bilbo in 1996,
with guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Björn Johansson,
featuring occasional Hagberg vocals.
for numerous live shows started coming in around this time. PLP
headlined the 1997 Rio Art Rock Festival, and played other dates
in Brazil and Argentina. Late 1997 saw the release of Mundus
Incompertus, featuring Lindh's superb keysmanship, Hagberg's
stunning vocals, and impressive contributions from the other band
members. The concert opener "Baroque Impression No. 1" and the
epic 27-minute title suite are highlights from this CD, arguably
PLP's best to date.
Lindh Project's first live concerts in the U.S. took place in
September 1998, most notably a headline performance at ProgDay
'98 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a cathedral concert in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. PLP again toured the U.S. the following
spring, including performances at Progfest '99 in San Francisco,
the House of Blues in Chicago, and a church concert in St. Louis.
Largely recorded at the ProgDay '98 festival, the 2CD set Live
in America was released in summer 1999. This pristinely recorded
set captures the instrumental virtuosity and the tremendous energy
of a Pär Lindh Project concert, and is an excellent introduction
to the band.
extended '99 tour was too great a strain for the families of Ramsell
and Jäderholm, both of whom have resigned as full members
of the band. No better replacements could be found for this concert
than Bill Kopecky (bass) and Joe Kopecky (guitar). Both superb
players, these Wisconsin-based brothers form the progressive rock
instrumental trio Kopecky with their other brother Paul (drums).
Kopecky is slated to perform at ProgDay 2000 in October.
the moment the three core members of Pär Lindh Project are
recording a new PLP album slated for September 2000 release. Ramsell
and Jäderholm will be featured as guest musicians, as well
as a choir and orchestra. Lindh is also planning some more classical-oriented
releases, including a Piano Concerto.
is proud to complete the U.S. prog festival trifecta of this world-class
Swedish band. We hope PLP's performance will expose many new ears
to their unique, powerful, well-crafted Baroque-influenced symphonic
(with Bjorn Johannson, 1996)
in America (double disc, 1999)