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6 days ago

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Austrian soul-jazz singer Natascha Flamisch who joins Beat Funktion at the Ravensburg Jazz Festival on May 12 is interviewed today in the Schwäbishe Zeitung! 😎 ... See MoreSee Less

Austrian soul-jazz singer Natascha Flamisch who joins Beat Funktion at the Ravensburg Jazz Festival on May 12 is interviewed today in the Schwäbishe Zeitung! 😎

4 weeks ago

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We would like to announce that fantastic soul artist EllyEve will be stepping in instead of Rebecca Laakso on the June gigs at Fasching, Katalin and Nefertiti! We promise you will not be disappointed by this amazing singer! 😎 ... See MoreSee Less

We would like to announce that fantastic soul artist EllyEve will be stepping in instead of Rebecca Laakso on the June gigs at Fasching, Katalin and Nefertiti! We promise you will not be disappointed by this amazing singer! 😎

2 months ago

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International fans and friends! 🙂 This spring we are touring with the amazing Rebecca Laakso on vocals! Have a listen to her brand new debut single ”Touching My Soul”, available on all digital outlets! And please share!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

open.spotify.com/track/2MgNWt2Rq6ec6L26QqYGE7?si=TX3s-spVSOSLkw-r3EkLww
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International fans and friends! 🙂 This spring we are touring with the amazing Rebecca Laakso on vocals! Have a listen to her brand new debut single ”Touching My Soul”, available on all digital outlets! And please share!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

https://open.spotify.com/track/2MgNWt2Rq6ec6L26QqYGE7?si=TX3s-spVSOSLkw-r3EkLww

3 months ago

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We would like to announce that one of our favourite soloists, Rebecca Laakso, releases her debut single (followed by album) next Friday on the 9th of February! Check out her teaser video below and make sure to catch this fantastic vocalist once her material is out!

#beatfunktion #rebeccalaakso #touchingmysoul

youtu.be/e9ZrIxHCU9URebecca Laakso Promo Video 2018 for album "Touching My Soul" to be released in September 2018. Rebecca Laakso is an artist signed exclusively to Do Music Rec...
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3 months ago

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Deodato Siquir, Viktoria Tolstoy, Adée, Sani Gamedze, Matilda Gratte and Claes Janson all join BF on stage on the final nummer of the release concert at Fasching on September 1 2016! Enjoy and share! Happy Sunday!

youtu.be/88tcFmks_e4Deodato Siquir, Viktoria Tolstoy, Claes Janson, Adée, Matilda Gratte and Sani Gamedze perform "Green Man" with Beat Funktion live at Fasching, Stockholm, Swe...
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3 months ago

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Remember this? BF is back at Fasching on June 8 2018! Be there!

#beatfunktion #2018

youtu.be/C8hx4yeJdmc"KILIMANJARO" : Live At Fasching 2014 EXCERPT FROM CONCERT DVD "BEAT FUNKTION LIVE AT FASCHING" RELEASED ON DO MUSIC RECORDS 2014 Recorded live at Jazzclub F...
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3 months ago

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Back from the dead!!!

After a one-year hiatus Beat Funktion is back to bring you some fresh Swedish funk-jazz-disco-grooves, with a fresh set of spring dates and some new songs and recordings underway! Be sure to catch us on the following dates, where we invite awesome singer Rebecca Laakso to join us on stage:

4/3 Norrtälje, SE
12/3 Borlänge, SE
12/5 Ravensburg, DE
7/6 Fasching, SE
8/6 Katalin, SE
9/6 Nefertiti, SE

Details, more dates and events coming up!

Band photo: Raymond Leigh. Rebecca Laakso photo: Palli Kristmundsson.
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Back from the dead!!! 

After a one-year hiatus Beat Funktion is back to bring you some fresh Swedish funk-jazz-disco-grooves, with a fresh set of spring dates and some new songs and recordings underway! Be sure to catch us on the following dates, where we invite awesome singer Rebecca Laakso to join us on stage:

4/3 Norrtälje, SE
12/3 Borlänge, SE
12/5 Ravensburg, DE
7/6 Fasching, SE
8/6 Katalin, SE
9/6 Nefertiti, SE

Details, more dates and events coming up!

Band photo: Raymond Leigh. Rebecca Laakso photo: Palli Kristmundsson.

3 months ago

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Band photo: Raymond Leigh. Rebecca Laakso photo: Palli Kristmundsson. ... See MoreSee Less

Band photo: Raymond Leigh. Rebecca Laakso photo: Palli Kristmundsson.

10 months ago

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THROWBACK VIDEO! In the spring of 2015, the official music video of 'Where's The Sunshine?' off 5th album 'Olympus' was released, featuring young Swedish pop singer Rebecca Laakso! The song's theme about the mythological Greek sorceress Medea is portrayed by Viktoria Colonna, David Elfversson and Victoria Cerise! For the solos, Charlotte Magnusson wields the flute and Karl Olandersson the trumpet! Please turn up loud and share this cooking track to your friends! Have a great week!

youtu.be/Y0_nwnLbtCY

#beatfunktion #wheresthesunshine #rebeccalaakso #olympus"WHERE'S THE SUNSHINE?" : Official Music Video Concept, direction, photography and editing : FOLKE LANTZ Background paintings : SIGNE MELLBERG LANTZ & DANIEL...
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awesome track!!!

Såååå bra ! Kanon !

Svinbra!

Vacker video. Skön musik.

10 months ago

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THROWBACK VIDEO! The disco-funk extravaganza "It's About Time" featuring South African songstress Sani Gamedze was released on 'Olympus' in June 2015. This simple but effective music video illustrates the song's freedom cry by way of ballet dancers rebelling against a tyrannic and boring dance teacher. Nothing to be taken too seriously, though! Olle Thunström's tenor solo soars in between Gamedze's soulful vocals! Please share to your friends! Play it loud!!!

#beatfunktion #itsabouttime #sanigamedze #olympus

youtu.be/lmoLJxg9NlE"IT'S ABOUT TIME" : Official Music Video Concept, direction, photography and editing : FOLKE LANTZ Sound recording : MATS BJÖRKE Sound mastering : TOBIAS CAR...
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11 months ago

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NEW REVIEW! Two years post-release, US writer Mark S Tucker gives 'Olympus' from 2015 an insightful review! He writes:

"BEAT FUNKTION – Olympus (2015 / Do Music)

Way back yonder in 1978, a few years after the success of A.L. Weber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ, Superstar - the Ted Neeley version seen in film - 20th Century Fox tried to duplicate the feat in another stab at history role-playing with Michael Rapp’s Ulysses, The Greek Suite. It was a mixed bag of the very good and the not-so-damned good, came and went quickly, and is pretty much still ignored, still remaindered n the cheap racks and rating a 3 or under in venues that tend to like 5-star rating systems, though it’s a highly amusing attempt to amalgamate several musical genres under one heading. That was it’s Achilles Heel, that fusion of so many genres that much of the 2-LP set came off as a children’s record.

Come up the years to 2015, and Daniel Lantz & Co., better known as the sparkling Beat Funktion jazz-fusion unit, decided to take up the task of reviving the elder gods in their own idiom, resulting in a much more cohesive effort, a 75-minute cycle of 15 songs detailing the time when people looked to Mt. Olympus for their salvation rather than Heaven Inc., LLC, or any of the modern science-fiction utopias in the skies. BF’s distillation, however, is much more classically oriented than their boogying dance floor CDs, so it makes for an interesting progressive break with the band’s traditions while exploring philosophical waters.

“Waters of Thessaly”, for instance, is a pastorale before breaking into the Tower of Power-esque intrumental “Viper Lady”, taking us from idyllic promenades and arbors to the Dancin’ Feet Disco down on the main drag. “Don’t Look Back” follows in a ballad highly reminiscent of Herb Alpert or Chuck Mangione in a contemplative mood, Karl Olandersson on trumpet. The peripatetic “The Hydra” snaps into a dark-ish pensee setting up BF’s trademark funk, this time a la olde Weather Report, with jazz explorations of theme and melody culminating in a receding storm veering into the distance.

All up, Olympus, finishing out in the 11-minute “Olympus” title track, again very “I Sing the Body Electric”-esque blended perhaps with bit of Hubert Laws or Dave Valentine and the CTI era amid modern classicalism, is an interesting presentation of what happens when a talented composer bends back and quill to a more cinematic approach than the crowd-pleasing other efforts issued for a completely different environment. The question then remains: can you boogy in the Parthenon while floating in Elyseum and heeding the prophesies of a trio of Cassandras (three vocal tracks)? I think you can!"

- Mark S Tucker, Vampirus Veritas, US
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NEW REVIEW! Two years post-release, US writer Mark S Tucker gives Olympus from 2015 an insightful review! He writes:

BEAT FUNKTION – Olympus (2015 / Do Music)
 
Way back yonder in 1978, a few years after the success of A.L. Weber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ, Superstar - the Ted Neeley version seen in film - 20th Century Fox tried to duplicate the feat in another stab at history role-playing with Michael Rapp’s Ulysses, The Greek Suite. It was a mixed bag of the very good and the not-so-damned good, came and went quickly, and is pretty much still ignored, still remaindered n the cheap racks and rating a 3 or under in venues that tend to like 5-star rating systems, though it’s a highly amusing attempt to amalgamate several musical genres under one heading. That was it’s Achilles Heel, that fusion of so many genres that much of the 2-LP set came off as a children’s record.
 
Come up the years to 2015, and Daniel Lantz & Co., better known as the sparkling Beat Funktion jazz-fusion unit, decided to take up the task of reviving the elder gods in their own idiom, resulting in a much more cohesive effort, a 75-minute cycle of 15 songs detailing the time when people looked to Mt. Olympus for their salvation rather than Heaven Inc., LLC, or any of the modern science-fiction utopias in the skies. BF’s distillation, however, is much more classically oriented than their boogying dance floor CDs, so it makes for an interesting progressive break with the band’s traditions while exploring philosophical waters.
 
“Waters of Thessaly”, for instance, is a pastorale before breaking into the Tower of Power-esque intrumental “Viper Lady”, taking us from idyllic promenades and arbors to the Dancin’ Feet Disco down on the main drag. “Don’t Look Back” follows in a ballad  highly reminiscent of Herb Alpert or Chuck Mangione in a contemplative mood, Karl Olandersson on trumpet.  The peripatetic “The Hydra” snaps into a dark-ish pensee setting up BF’s trademark funk, this time a la olde Weather Report, with jazz explorations of theme and melody culminating in a receding storm veering into the distance.
 
All up, Olympus, finishing out in the 11-minute “Olympus” title track, again very “I Sing the Body Electric”-esque blended perhaps with bit of Hubert Laws or Dave Valentine and the CTI era amid modern classicalism, is an interesting presentation of what happens when a talented composer bends back and quill to a more cinematic approach than the crowd-pleasing other efforts issued for a completely different environment. The question then remains: can you boogy in the Parthenon while floating in Elyseum and heeding the prophesies of a trio of Cassandras (three vocal tracks)? I think you can!

- Mark S Tucker, Vampirus Veritas, US

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