Discipline: Music Composition

Frank Carlberg

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2015, 2019

Originally a native of Helsinki, Finland, Frank Carlberg has carved himself quite a niche in the New York jazz community. As a leader, Frank's groups include the Frank Carlberg Quintet and Word Circus (performing settings of a wide variety of texts including poems), the Tivoli Trio (a classic jazz piano trio playing an eclectic mix of Carlberg’s compositions drawn from cinematic and circus inspirations), and the Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble (performing original compositions as well as arrangements and re-compositions of standards and folk material). He has received grants and awards from the NEA, Chamber Music America, Government of Finland, Music America, etc. His own bands aside, the Brooklyn-based pianist has been involved in many crossover projects throughout the years. Some of his most notable collaborations have included performances and recordings with the likes of saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. He has been commissioned to write music for big bands, small ensembles, symphony orchestras as well as modern dance companies, and has written close to 200 songs to texts by contemporary poets. Carlberg has released 18 CDs as a leader or co-leader and appears on numerous others as a sideman. In addition to his playing and composing activities, Carlberg also serves on the faculty at the New England Conservatory.



Frank Carlberg worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio and recital hall for chamber music, the latter purpose was soon found to be too disruptive to…

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