Filip Augustson Viva Black is a Swedish trio formed 2013 and the trio consists of Eva Lindal-violin, Filip Augustson-bass and Christopher Cantillo-drums. Their first album ”Viva Black” was released 2015 and received critical acclaim in Downbeat (4 ½ stars) and All About Jazz (4 stars). Most of the music is written by Filip Augustson but the collective improvisation is a very important part of the music. The three musicians have a lot of experience from different genres and styles but instead of giving up someones style they create a new, largely improvised language. The music has been described as music that crosses the borders between jazz, classical and folkmusic, a blending of genres where something else and something new comes up in the mixture.
”Minsta gemensamma nämnaren” released 2016 also received critical praise in Sweden and international, Dagens Nyheter, Göteborgs-Posten (Sweden’s two biggest newspapers), The Free Jazz Blog. In addition to numerous jazzclub appearances Viva Black has performed at major festivals including Umeå jazzfestival and Stockholm Jazzfestival. After have heard the concert in Stockholm the Swedish jazzmagazine Orkesterjournalen wrote ”This is one of the most interesting groups on the Swedish jazzscene.”
-Eva Lindal studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (1973–76), with further studies in Switzerland and Banff (Canada). In 1998 she met and began studying improvisation with Connie Crothers and continued the association for almost a decade. During 1986–2000 Eva was a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has been a freelance musician, with a special focus on improvisation, and contemporary music, as well as the baroque era.
-Filip Augustson studied at the Royal College of Music, from which he graduated in 1996. During his studies he began to work as a freelance bassist playing with many different groups including Fredrik Norén Band and Fredrik Ljungvist Quartet. Since then he has become one of the busiest bass-players on the scene and gone on to perform and record with notables such as Mattias Ståhl’s Ståhls Blå, Fredrik Nordström Quartet, Karl-Martin Almqvist Quartet, Mathias Landaeus, Mats Öberg Trio and many others.
2004 Filips first CD as a leader “Ich bin Filip Augustson” was released by Moserobie Music Production.
-Christopher Cantillo is educated at Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He moves effortless between genres and he has become one of the most sought after drummers in Sweden. He collaborates with such musicans as Per ”Texas” Johansson, Nils Berg, Anna von Hausswolff, Elin Larsson and performs regularly with Nils Berg Cinemascope, Mats Äleklint Quartet, Parti och Minut, Ståhls Trio.