Frank Carlberg

  • Career Highlights
    • Performances/recordings with Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Lacy, Kenny Wheeler, and others
    • Appearances at Fiesta, Mata, Montreal, Ottawa, Pori, SIGMA, Umbria, Texas, What's Jazz?, and Yatra festivals
    • Performances in the U.S., Canada, Scandinavia, France, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Israel, Syria, India, and Cape Verde
    • Numerous recordings as a leader, including The American Dream (Red Piano Records) featuring the Frank Carlberg Quintet
    • Compositions include over one hundred songs to texts by 20th-century poets, big band compositions, music for orchestra, music for dance, and various commissions
  • Education
    • B.M., Berklee College of Music
    • M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

In Their Own Words

"What you get as a student at Berklee is a wide variety of options matching your interests with a faculty member's interests. Because of the size of the program, you're also going to run into other students who have similar interests as you, no matter what your interests are. As teachers, sometimes we like to think of ourselves as doing the most important job, but I do think that the interaction between students is just as important. I would even say that it might be the best thing that the school has to offer."

"I came from a small scene—I grew up in Finland—and when I came to Berklee I was blown away by the other students. How good they were, how committed and how dedicated and how interesting their stuff was. It was a great experience."

"I work on fundamentals on improvisation, or jazz, basically. In many ways, fundamentals are not tied to direct stylistic preferences; they're just a little more neutral by nature. I don't want to tell my students how to play, I don't want to give them my preferences, but rather I want them to make decisions for themselves. Most of the students I get, pretty much all of them are interested in jazz. That's what I do."

"It's about the fundamentals of rhythms, of harmonic conceptions, of improvisation, even things like repertoire. Fundamentals give you freedom to explore. What I'm hoping they will do in the process is find something more personal that will keep them engaged for the rest of their lives."