Multi instrumentalist, folk/world music pioneer, and eight time Swedish Grammy winner Ale Möller (born in 1955) is a constant explorer.
Firmly anchored in traditional music, Möller has been a guiding light, expanding the borders of Scandinavian folk music in groups and/or projects such as Filarfolket, Nordan, Frifot, Stockholm Folk Music Big Band, Ale Möller Band, and, more recently, Ale Möller Trio. Ale, who has received several medals from His Majesty the King of Sweden, began in jazz. His great favourite was Clifford Brown, and the trumpet his primary instrument. Since then, he’s embraced music from all sorts of origins and cultures, and instrumentation. After his initial trumpetperiod, he fell in love with Greek music and the Swedish folklore tradition, especially from the province of Dalecarlia.
Collaborations with composer Mikis Theodorakis evolved into poignant experiences.
During the 80’s and 90’s. Möller was a central gure in the search for new directions and sounds in Swedish folk music. The decade saw the release of five albums with Filarfolket, as well as several under his own name.
Improvisation is an important component in Möller’s musicianship, exemplied by world music group Enteli (1985-1995). The same desire for introducing freedom and improvisation in a folk music context, characterizes Möller and Willemark’s two trend setting and very successful Nordan albums. In Frifot, Möller and Willemark are joined by one of Sweden’s most appreciated and respected master fiddle players, Per Gudmundson. Frifot’s album, “Sluring”, was awarded the Manifest Prize and nominated for a Swedish Grammy.
In 1998, Ale formed the Stockholm Folk Music Big Band – a ”world orchestra” made up of 14 musicians with roots in di erent parts of the globe. He later formed the Ale Möller Band, a multicultural sextet that won a Swedish Grammy Award for their 2003 debut album, Bodjal.
In 2015, Ale received the Sir George Martin Award. Ale has worked as advisor for legendary Senegalese singer, and Polar Music Prize recipient, Youssou N’Dour. He is a professor in World Music in Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
Ale’s contribution was seminal to the success of Swedish Christmas folk tour production, Jul i folkton, which also included three albums (2006-2016).
Ale also composes music for films and theater.
More recently, Ale has formed the Ale Möller Trio together with keyboard player Mats Öberg (keyboards), and Olle Linder (percussion, guitar). Together, they continue to explore what they refer to as “folk fusion”. An album is set for release later in 2018.