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Jan-Olof Strandberg - January 2004


Jan-Olof Strandberg
Biography: I was born November 5, 1956 in Helsinki and started to play bass when I was 14 years old. My father did play drums in the early days, my cousin is a great guitar player, and my brother is a movie director, so I guess there are artists in the family.

I studied upright bass at the Conservatory of Helsinki in the 70's. My first professional gig was in 1975 at the Kirjurinluoto Park with the late Finnish rock legend, Rauli Badding Somerjoki.

I also started my first band in 1979 called The Funky President. We recorded one single and one maxi single (the first ever released in Finland). At that time, maxi singles looked like LP records and had a better sound quality. You might be able to listen to the track on my homepage in a few months.

During the 70's and 80's, I did perform and record with several top artists like: Jukka Tolonen, Ilkka Rantam�ki, Steel City, Abdel Kabirr, Bianca Morales, Pepe Ahlquist, and more.

My solo career started in 1995 with the record, At The Music Box. In the following year I did form my first version of the Strandberg Band. Great Moments was released in 1997 and featured among others, the bass great Armand Sabal-Lecco.

In 2000, my recording called Illustrations was released. After this cd, I also started to perform solo, playing mostly acoustic bass guitar but also electric bass and upright bass. My new cd, The Electric City, was released in August 2003.

Gigs: I like to perform with my new group, Strandberg & The Electric City, as much as possible. The group includes the following musicians:
Jan-Olof Strandberg - Acoustic & Electric Bass Guitar and Upright Bass
Manuel Dunkel - Sax
Dan Antone - Keyboards
Right-Hand H�nninen - Guitar
Toni Porthen - Drums

Highlights during my career have been performances with Paul Jackson's Funk Attack, Mel Gaynor, Armand Sabal-Lecco, and Dominique Di Piazza. I also did a few tours of Japan (2000 & 2001) performing solo the first set and together with some top Japanese musicians during the second set.

The Restless Souls is another group that I have been working with regularly since early 2003.

Recordings:
Solo records:
The Electric City - 2003
Featuring: Jan-Olof Strandberg, Mel Gaynor, Dominique Di Piazza, Right-Hand H�nninen, Rami Eskelinen, Ky�sti Toivanen, Manuel Dunkel, and Pessi Levanto

Illustrations - 2000
Featuring: Jan-Olof Strandberg, Sami Virtanen, and Ky�sti Toivanen

Great Moments - 1997
Featuring: Jan-Olof Strandberg, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Right-Hand H�nninen, Sami Virtanen, T.Pratskin, Anssi Nyk�nen, Eero Koivistoinen, Pepe Ahlqvist, Sami Kuoppam�ki, Ky�sti Toivanen, and Mika Brushane

At The Music Box - 1995
Featuring: Jan-Olof Strandberg, Right-Hand H�nninen, Riddo Ridberg, Rene Wikgren, Sami Virtanen, Kerstin Tschernij, Rami Eskelinen, Anssi Nyk�nen, Mika Brushane, and Jan "Jysky" Strandberg

Gear:
Basses:
MTD Custom Shop Burl Maple Top, Ebony Fretboard
Alembic Series II 6-String Burl Walnut Top
Alembic Series I 5-String Burl Walnut Top
Alembic Signature Series Fretless 4-String
Fodera 5-String Zebrawood Top, Ebony Fretboard
Steinberger 4-String
Neuser 4-String Custom Bass with Alembic Series I Electronics, Burl Maple Top
Rauno Nieminen/Strandberg 4-String Signature Acoustic Bass Guitar (Fretted and Fretless)
Lasse Nurmi 5-String Acoustic Bass Guitar (High C-String)
Vektor Upright Bass 4-String

Most of my records are played with the Alembics (80%). On other sessions I use the MTD custom shop as well as some other basses.

At the end of the 90's, I started to work on a signature acoustic bass guitar series with the luthier Rauno Nieminen from Rauno Nieminen Acoustic Instruments. I still love the instruments. One fretted and one fretless four string acoustic bass guitar was made for me. (The instruments are also commercially available.)

Live Equipment:
EBS TD650 Head
EBS Classic Pre-Amp with EPX800 Power Amp
EBS 6X10 Speaker Cabinet or EBS210 and EBS300 Speaker Cabinets
I am also trying out the new NEO-112 speakers.
The strings are EBS, 45-128 or 40-125 depending on the bass. My MTD has MTD strings, 45-135, and they work the best for that bass.
I am also using all of the EBS effects and a Line-6 DL4 pedal

I use phosphor bronze strings on my fretted acoustic bass guitar because I like to have an acoustic sounding instrument with all the noise included. You can hear me play this bass guitar on the record, Illustrations, released in 2000.

I am endorsed by EBS and work for them on trade shows as well as doing clinics/workshops worldwide. I have been with the company since the early 90's.

Contact Information: You can contact my web site, JanOlofStrandberg.com, for more information.