"Swedish top jazzer" (soulandjazzandfunk.com) Magnus Lindgren made his mark at international level through some excellent projects both as an instrumentalist and arranger.
His artistic talent was already discovered at a young age: at the age of fourteen, he toured for the first time with his father's big band, and at the age of seventeen he played on stage with Herbie Hancock.
Lindgren studied saxophone at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he focused on the flute and the clarinet as well. In this time he performed on various stages in and around Stockholm.
In 1999 he released his debut album, which received a Swedish Grammy nomination.
Later he won various prizes, for example the Swedish royal medal 'Litteris et Artibus' for outstanding artistic contributions. In addition, Lindgren composed for and performed at the Nobel banquet twice.
Known in the role he has had for many years as a member of the Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Lindgren is not just a hugely gifted saxophonist, he is also "Europes best jazz flutist" (Dagens Nyheter). And he is offering this aspect of his artistry for the first time in pure form: “Stockholm Underground”, his ACT-Debut, is also the first album on which he plays only flute and an homage to Herbie Mann. When it comes to the emulating the soft melodic lines, producing the breathy tone, or indeed other Herbie Mann hallmarks such as singing-while-playing and multiphonics, Lindgren proves to be a complete shoo-in. "Stockholm Underground" was also nominated for the Swedish Radio Jazz Award, Jazzkatten' in 2018.
In addition, Lindgren is highly esteemed as an established counterpart to Till Brönner and the Musical Director for his orchestra projects. As the first Artist in Residence, Lindgren also works closely with the SWR Bigband both as an arranger and as an instrumentalist.
He worked in projects with symphony orchestras, choirs, and various big bands across borders of genres and cultures, or with jazzstars like John Scofield, Gregory Porter, Bobby McFerrin, and Quincy Jones.
As a sideman, Magnus Lindgren can be heard on numerous albums and ACT releases, for example with Nils Landgren, Rigmor Gustafsson or Ida Sand.