Gunhild Carling

Sweden’s Queen of Swing is heading to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival on her first time to Australia.

Multi-instrumentalist Gunhild Carling is a musical sensation! Join Gunhild and her local five-piece band as she takes us on a cavalcade of jazz standards with presence that is second to none. On the trombone, harmonica, flute, recorder, jazz bagpipe, trumpet or all of the above while tapdancing – Gunhild’s work is a sight to behold! A night of fun and pure joy. Gunhild answers some questions about her show for Hi Fi Way.

What are you looking forward to most about performing at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival?
I’m super excited to go to Australia for the first time! I’m looking forward to meeting the people and playing for them.

When did you discover your passion for jazz music?
I have loved jazz since I was a small child. I love the melodies, the chord changes, the improvisations, and the stars. I also love the dancing, the fashion, the black and white photos from the Art Deco era and the cars (yes, I love the whole culture of the 1920s!)

Who are you biggest jazz influences?
Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Bix Beiderbecke.

How many instruments do you play? Do you now find it easy learning new instruments?
I play around twenty instruments. I love to catch a new sound.

How did you discover that you could play three trumpets at the same time?
I had been working on varieties and circus when I discovered I could play three trumpets at the same time. There is a jazz musician Roland Kirk who plays three saxophones at the same time.

What can Cabaret Festivalgoers expect to experience at your show?
Jazz, vaudeville, classical jazz melodies, originals, pop made to jazz, tap dance, three trumpets, and a bag pipe.

Interview By Rob Lyon

Catch Gunhild Carling at The Famous Spiegeltent on June 13 & 14. Tickets from The Adelaide Cabaret.