Jens Christian Kwella

GuitarRama Jazzical

GuitarRama Jazzical

***** "…..It has edge, is incredibly virtuosically performed and at the same time exposes a very refined, chamber-musical interplay."
Ivan Rod, Gaffa about GuitarRama Jazzical, May 23

"A beautiful and complete meeting between jazz and classical music, where both improvisation, world music and chamber music dance cheek to cheek. The most fascinating thing is the sensitive and responsive interplay of the two eminent guitar masters, where much is created in the magic now."
Brian Petro, Jazz Special, Sept 23

“A record that must be experienced.”
"Kwella is an extremely experienced and driven guitarist who has a strong technical foundation to stand on and therefore has the calmness and excess to strike a fine balance between technique, the heartfelt and presence. This is where the meeting with Thea Visti Pedersen opens up, who stands firmly on her classical background and thus binds the music and the record together."
Niels Overgaard, Jazznyt 15.08 2023

GuitarRama Jazzical is a groundbreaking meeting between two guitarists that normally move in seperate settings - the classical and the `rhythmical´.
Jazz guitarist Jens Christian Kwella has created a number of compositions for electric guitar and classical guitar and performs them together with the classical guitarist Thea Vesti Pedersen. GuitarRama Jazzical will release their first album in May 2023 and, in connection, tour in Denmark.

The two guitarists are both members of the faculty at The Royal Academy Of Music in Aarhus/Aalborg (DK), and the compositions have been performed at a number of successful concerts - for instance at Aalborg International Guitar Festival and for Jazzselskabet Aarhus.

 As far as is known, a project like this has never been done before, and this is the first time that music have been composed and performed for this constellation.
The music is inspired by the entire history of the guitar from folk, classical to jazz to rock, and a variety of different playing techniques are in use. The pieces contain both composed passages and improvised sections, where the two guitarists improvises from each their own musical background.
Listen to examples at the bottom of the page.

Both guitarists have  thrilled critics home and abroad for their album releases and concerts.

“An interesting and innovative release”
“….A party for those who like to immerse themselves in the instrument's tonal richness of detail and countless expressive possibilities. In that respect, the album is a cornucopia.
Martin Loft, Loftskammer about GuitarRama Jazzical 24.05.23

"GuitarRama Jazzical creates a unique sound and is a musical experience unlike any other."
Aalborg Avis. 11.05.23

"GuitarRama Jazzical has a loving and affectionate sound that I really like."
Tina Rømer, Radio Rømer DRP2, maj 2023


Medley with sampels from the album:

GuitarRama Jazzical live:

The Courage To Carry On: Inspired by rock guitar with distortion, odd meters and open string classical guitar

Failure Is Not Fatal: Inspired by open string jazz voicings, Bachs Inventions and jazz improvisation.