For songwriter and producer Jonas Reingold, in his main profession as bassist with the Swedish prog rock act, The Flower Kings, his band Karmakanic is much more than merely a musical sideshow. Whenever he has time, he devotes himself to the group which consists of a nucleus featuring Reingold himself, Göran Edman (vocals), Krister Jonsson (guitar), Lalle Larsson (keys) Nils Eriksson (keys, vocals) and Morgan Ågren (Drums)
Karmakanic got together in 1999. Reingold wrote a couple of songs that reflected upon the internet and cyberspace. He had worked with Göran Edman on a couple of occasions before, so Edman was the natural choice for a singer. The pieces developed into the concept album Entering the Spectra, and Karmakanic was born. The band recorded the album in 2000 and 2001.
Karmakanic has done a handful of tours over the years both in Europe and US and have recently released “In a perfect world”, a follow up to their masterpiece “Who´s the boss in the factory” which got raving reviews all over the globe and really put Karmakanic on the progressive map.
Jonas Reingold won the 1st prize in the annual readers poll in Classic Rock Magazine presents prog and Karmakanic has always ended up high in the annual polls held within the progressive world.
The releases so far is:
For the upcoming tour 2012 Karmakanic is proud to present a special guest that will replace Marcus Lilliequist on the drum chair.
Karmakanic official website – http://www.reingoldmusic.com/
Karmakanic fan page – http://www.myspace.com/reingoldmusic
Karmakanic on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/karmakanic/55405124891
Morgan Ågren has been a drummer since age four and a Grammy winning musician on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in Umeå, Sweden in 1967, Mr. Ågren was spotted as an outstanding talent at a young age as he began performing publicly at age seven, and eventually joined forces with ten year old blind keyboardist Mats Öberg in 1981. In 1988, still around their late teens, Morgan and Mats got invited to play with Frank Zappa for a few different projects in the US – just before Zappa passed away. While some of the Zappa influence remains, Morgan and Mats have long since found their own voices. In the mid 90’s, they began releasing CDs on Morgan’s label Ultimate Audio Entertainment, eventually forming a stable band, which has amazed audiences in Europe, Asia and the USA since 2001.
With superb playing ability, the Mats/Morgan Band is a well-honed, cohesive unit, arriving at its own voice in progressive jazz/rock. Mats/Morgan Band is an absolutely monsterous band who await the world’s discovery! Morgan have climbed the readers polls in various drum-magazines recently.
In 2010 Morgan was voted No.1 in Modern Drummers readers poll in the category “fusion”. Morgan has also played with Bill Laswell, Steve Vai, Trey Gunn, Henry Kaiser, Fleshquartet, Fredrik Thordendal (of Meshuggah) Spoonman, Glenn Huges, Tony Iommi, Terry Bozzio, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Kaipa, Bolon Bata, Dweezil Zappa etc.
Morgan Agren – http://www.morganagren.com/