Carsten Lindholm is a Drummer,Composer and Producer born in the small town og Kerteminde on the island Fünen
He moved to Copenhagen in 1990 and began studying at the music concervatory D.A.R.K. He later took private lessons with Jazzlegend Ed Thigpen, Aage Tanggaard at the Rhythmic Conservatory, professor at the Royal Classic Conservatory Bent Lylloff, New Orleans drummer Jeff Boudreaux and a lot of Danish fusion drummers.
In 1990 he contacted drummer Peter Erskine in order to take private lessons.However at that time it was difficult for them to match schedules, so he actually never got to study with him, but got a supportive motivating mentor and penpal instead, who he has met during his concerts and studiowork in New York, Monterey and Copenhagen
In 1996 he went on Vallekilde, a danish Jazz summercamp, where he met Finish drummer Jukkis Uotila, Swedish bassplayer Lars Danielsson and norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, all strong personalites, who became great mentors and inspired him to change his musical direction and go into nordic jazz music.
In 98 he went to New York 3 months to check out the musical level of the town and to study the South Indian rhythm-language konakol.He also travelled to meet jazz-vibist and founder of Steps Ahead Mike Mainieri, who had been a hero since he first heard Steps Ahead.
Mainieri had made a huge impact on him with his melodic, sophisticated and dynamic expression of music. Not unexpected, he also was a great person.
Back in Denmark he made friends with the late Bass-player and virtuoso Jens Melgaard, who among lots of things taught him to be enthusiastic for the music and give himself 100 % on stage or in the practice-room. The sudden death of Jens Melgaard drove Carsten to write music, and he started the Tribute project.
The Tribute project is based on a tribute to people (living or dead), who has made a deep impact on his life.
The filmic music is a mixture of: jazz, drum`n`bass, ambient soundscapes, indian tablabeats and based on a simple nordic melody. Among his music mentors the list counts:Sting, Erik Truffaz, Nils Petter Molvaer,Jan Garbarek, Jon Hassell, Eivind Aarset, John Coltrane, Bill Laswell, Jojo Mayer.
Tribute Features the strongest musicians around the scene today and is recorded in 5 different sessions in Oslo and Copenhagen:
Eivind Aarset, Joakim Frøystein, Hans Oxmond (gt)-Rene Damsbak, Tav Klitgaard (tr/sounddesign)- Anders T Andersen (sax) – Audun Erlien, Kristor Brødsggaard (bass), -Jens Minke (sounddesign), -Vj Varm (visuals).
We live in a society, which has lots of fragments and impressions, where it is very important to create space for contemplation and reflection. Tribute is an attempt to create Unity in a fragmentet world and establish precence for the audience, so they can have the opportunity to forget the everyday life for a while.