Swedish musician Mårten Hillbom is considered one of the most innovative percussionists of his age. Mårten’s primary instrument is a drumkit of his own design, incorporating a unique mix of frame drums and tuned bells specifically chosen for his melodic, ornamental style.
Mårten is based in folk music but is often seen in other genres as well. He currently leads and performs with the bands:
Van Rannsbeck band (SE/DK/FI/BE)
CRS cymbal resonance system
In 2018, Mårten Hillbom and Axel Fagerberg set out to build Stockholm’s first and only studio dedicated to percussion. Construction of PERC. studios began in November and opened in the end of Februari. PERC. studios hosts workshops, masterclasses and recording sessions, and is available for rental.
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Axvy is a trio incorporating a rare combination of instruments allowing for the exploration of a broad register of notes, pulses and rhythms, and musical traditions.
The foundation, consisting of strong melodies, has a connection with each of the three instruments. Performing on his custom drum kit, Mårten is the common thread between pulse, melody, and ornamentation.
This percussive world, together with Jerker Hans-Ers on Violin/Hardanger Fiddle and Albin Broberg on Cittern/Guitar, builds a detailed landscape in many layers.
Zakhrafat is Swedish percussionist Mårten Hillbom and Syrian qanunist Feras Charestan,Two musicians of different musical backgrounds, united in a common melody. In a playful conversation where ornaments, comping and melody are performed by both musicians, Zakhrafat explores the music's layers together.
Feras Charestan performs regularly as a soloist with international artists and orchestras, such as Fairouz, Marcel Khalifeh, Ziad Rahbany the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Syrian Symphonic Orchestra.
” At one point, I felt completely at peace and I just wanted to close my eyes. A moment later, the emotions inside me bubbled over, and I shed a tear. ”
- Audience member in Halmstad, 2018
Tailcoat is urban instrumental folk at its best. The group sounds like slow dancing on wooden floors, and provides the soundtrack for your daydreams and your sleepless nights.
Tailcoat has been called “the new all star band of nordic instrumental folk music” Their unusual instruments and cinematic sound draws inspiration from traditional folk music, and takes the form of newly written compositions. Their music is progressive, and draws lines from genres and traditions all over the globe.
The Swedish nyckelharpa and traditional Norwegian hardanger fiddle sounds like northern mountains. The 5-stringed electric bass draws you back into the streets of Stockholm. The guitar-like cittern adds a somewhat Middle-Eastern twist and the uniquely combined set of drums and bells makes the whole thing sound global.
- NEW PROMISING FOLK BAND -
” Sometimes you just get happy - like when a brand new musical constellation sees the light of day and just sounds like that ... self-explanatory. ”
- LIRA Music Magazine 2018
Emil Ringtved Nielsen: 5-stringed electric bass
Henriette Ambæk Flach: Violin and Hardanger Fiddle
Mårten Hillbom: Percussion
Rasmus Brinck: Nyckelharpa
Villads Hoffmann: Cittern
At age fifteen, Mårten sat behind a drum kit for the first time. What started as a way of fitting in quickly gave way to a strong interest in playing music.
Today, having studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with some of the world’s leading percussionists, Mårten has made a name for himself as a performer, engineer, and producer in the Swedish music industry
Small encounters can have a life-changing impact: In 2012, Mårten travelled to Istanbul on holiday. While there, Mårten purchased a darbuka, a traditional hand drum, from a tourist shop. Later that year, Mårten had the opportunity to travel to Senegal where he bought a djembe, a rope-tuned goblet drum from West Africa. For Mårten, these meetings with ancient musical cultures opened a door to something new.
There is not a long history of percussion in Swedish folk music: The Swedish church banned percussive instruments in 1684. Alongside the efforts of other percussionists in Sweden, Mårten hopes to develop a new tradition of percussion in Swedish folk music.
Some of Mårten’s most influential teachers have been:
Dan Svensson, Fredrik Gille, Petter Berndalen and André Ferrari.
It was not until age 15 that Mårten sat behind a drum kit for the first time. At first it was a way of fitting in but then a strong interest for playing music had been rooted.
Small encounters can have a life-changing impact. In 2012, I travelled to Istanbul on holiday. While I was there I bought a darbuka, the traditional lap drum, from a tourist shop. Later that same year I also had the opportunity to travel to Senegal where I bought a djembe, the rope tuned goblet drum of West Africa. The meetings with these old cultures opened up something new in my head.
Marieke van Ransbeeck
Van Rannsbeck Band
Van Rannsbeck Band
Van Rannsbeck Band
Lucia från Syracusa
Gammel Laven, DK
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
Kulturskolan i Halmstad
Live Session @ PERC. studios
Dreamers Circus Anniversary
Tønder festival - Folk spot
Palladium, Release concert
Muziekclub 'T EY
Gustav Vasa kyrka