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Petra Ahlmark
swedish vocalist, guitarist & educator
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Petra Ahlmark at IJVC 2015

Petra will be one of the presenters at the first International Jazz Voice Conference at Helsinki, Finland in Oct 17-19 2015. She will do a concert lecture and her topic will be “Bossa Nova Clinic: Rhythm, Attitude and Improvisation”

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ VOICE CONFERENCE in Helsinki is the first event of its type, organised for jazz singers by jazz singers. The first edition of the IJVC comes from the acute need for international specialists in the field to connect and interact. IJVC aims to raise awareness of the importance and significance of jazz singing among vocalists, musicians and the general public. IJVC is also a platform for connecting professionals. Keynote speakers are CARMEN LUNDY jazz vocalist, composer, arranger and educator (USA) MICHELE WEIR arranger, jazz pedagogue, singer and pianist (USA) The conference will focus on artistry, education and research in the field of vocal jazz. The activities of the conference include lectures, presentations, workshops, panel discussions and concerts - all related to jazz voice. IJVC is envisioned to become an annual event. IJVC Presenters and panel speakers: Petra Ahlmark (Sweden), Leigh Carriage (Australia), Ineke van Doorn (The Netherlands), Louise Gibbs (United Kingdom), Trydy Kerr (United Kingdom), Giedre Kilciauskiene (Lithuania), Emma Larsson (Sweden/United States), Lee Ellen Martin (United States), Susanna Mesiä (Finland), Elena Mîndru (Romania/Finland) Maria Naranjo (Ecuador), Michelle Nicolle (Australia), Judy Niemack (Germany/United States), Lina Nyberg (Sweden), Sanni Orasmaa (Finland), Argarita Palavicini (United States), Kate Reid (United States), Kat Reinhert (United States), Jenny Robson (Finland), Vita Sasnauskiené (Lithuania), Kate Skinner (United States), Deborah Tanguy (South Africa), Amanda Tiffin (South Africa), Gunilla Törnfeldt (Sweden), For more information: Jazzvoiceconference.com

Petra Ahlmark is a Freelance Musician, Composer and Educator. She earned a University Diploma in Music (Jazz Vocal Performance) and a Master of Fine Arts in Music Education at KMH Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1996. She has been performing with and leading bands such as Petra Ahlmark band, New Brazilian Quartet, A Colour of Brazil, Jade, Blue Opera Nights and toured with the soloconcert series " A Tribute to João Gilberto".

Petra is an active educator and since 2003 she is the Jazz Vocal Department Head at MHI Ingesund School of Music in Arvika, Karlstads Universitet. There she teaches Advanced Vocal Performance in Contemporary Music and Jazz Vocal Improvisation. Petra is also an in-demand clinician, leading master classes in Jazz Vocal Performance, Improvisation and Brazilian Bossa Nova.

Petra also teaches Jazz Vocals at Lilla Akademiens Musikgymnasium and Pre-College in Stockholm and have been a guest teacher at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and at Tónlistarskóli FÍH Reykjavik Iceland.


Laurent Marode tournée Petra Ahlmark Petra starts a collaboration with the french jazz pianist Laurent Marode and his trio with a tour in France and Switzerland between january 18 and february 4.


Hochschule für Musik und Theater

Petra teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg between the 3rd and the 8th of december.


Nov 26 BRAZILIAN WINTER FESTIVAL Petra is performing Solo at 18:15, sitting in with the singer Deise Andrade at 15:50 and collaborating with the Brazilian trio Amaranto at 20:10 at Skarpnäcks Kulturhus, Stockholm.


Album release "Christmas Present" with pianoplayer Mats Byström Lantern music/Naxos

Jan 19 Concert/Clinic about Bossa Nova at Rytmus college of music, Stockholm, Aulan 15:30

Mar 19 Näringslivets Hus, Stockholm

Apr 19 Masterclass at Gävle Jazzgymnasium

Apr 25 "Alice Babs Jazz Award Concert" Aula Magna Karlstad Universitet 18:00 Petra performs solo and in Duo with Johan Setterlind among a number of other swedish artists celebrating the anually delivery of Alice Babs Jazz Award. More info about the program at carlstadjazz.se

27 Maj Rosenbad

8 November Album release "Christmas Present" with pianoplayer Mats Byström

2009 Margot & Tobis Award During 2009 Petra Ahlmark recieved the Swedish Margot och Tobis Award for her work as a musician in the the field of Brazilian Music.

Jan 15 Concert/Clinic about Bossa Nova at Rytmus college of music, Stockholm 16:00


Jan 28 "A Tribute to João Gilberto" at Rytmus college of music , Stockholm 17.00 concert and clinic

Feb 9 "A Tribute to João Gilberto" at Jönköpings Jazzklubb 14.00 Solo concert by Petra Ahlmark

Mar 19 "A Tribute to João Gilberto" at Ingesund universitycollege of music Arvika 19.00 solo concert by Petra Ahlmark and lecture by Åsa da Silva Veghed about her book "Brazilian Music"

Apr 15 "A Tribute to João Gilberto" at Liljeholmens Folkhögskola Rimforsa clinic for the students at 14.00 and solo concert by Petra Ahlmark at 19.00

May 5 Masterclass at Gävle Jazzgymnasium

May 21 "A Tribute to João Gilberto" and "Brazilian Music" in Samhällsvetarhuset at Umeå Universitet at 12:10-14:00 Petra Ahlmark plays Bossa Nova at 12:10-12:45 in the Café Lindell. Åsa da Silva Veghed lecture at 13:00-14:00 in Hörsal B, hörsalsrundan.

Sep 2 "A Tribute to João Gilberto" & " Brazilian Music" Vasasalen, Gävle 10.00-12.00 solo concert by Petra Ahlmark and lecture by Åsa da Silva Veghed about her book "Brazilian Music"

Sep 15 -19 "A Tribute to João Gilberto" Workshops and Masterclasses at Tónlistarskóli FÍH Reykjavik Iceland

Sep16 performing in the Good Morning Show RÚV National Radio Iceland together with the icelandic singer Kristjana Stefans

Sep 17 Soloconcert at Café Rosenberg, Reykjavik, Iceland 21:00

Okt 25 "A Tribute to João Gilberto" at Jazz Festival UMEA , solo concert by Petra Ahlmark 14.00 Soundgarden, Folkets Hus.


Dec 7 "A Tribute to João Gilberto" at Stallet , Stockholm 20.00 solo concert by Petra Ahlmark



Radioprogram in Swedish were Petra sings and talks about her music (Click on the link "4.Bossanovan i sverige" to start the program)