Photo: Hannele Bång

Joel Karlsson is a guitarist and singer from Sweden, now living in Vasa, Finland. His music has been described as peaceful, melodic guitar music with influences of folk. Joel’s latest project is a collaboration with violinist Lotta Ahlbeck and the song Fridas vals. 

Joel was born and raised in Vilhelmina in Swedish lapland – a place surrounded by forests, mountains and lakes. A steady source of inspiration to Joel’s music comes from nature; the diversity of the seasons, the view of an open mountain landscape or the overwhelming stillness of the deep woods. 

Joel began playing guitar when he was nine years old and soon started to write his own songs and melodies. After high school he started to study music at the University of Music in Piteå. He graduated in 2010 with a masters degree in music didactics. In addition to his studies Joel has played in various rock bands, in duos and also written music for theater productions. He has toured in the Swedish settlements in North America and released four CDs of his own music. His performances have been described as “impressive, moving, and inspiring”. His nordic suite for guitar has been played in Swedish radio and described as “irresistible”.

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