Carsten Dahl (October 3, 1967) is a Danish Jazz pianist. "Dahl is a truly great pianist" Chris Mosey said, in his All About Jazz review of Dahl's CD In Our Own Sweet Way released in 2009 with Alex Riel and Mads Vinding.Dahl, nine years old, started to play drums. He studied at the Copenhagen Jazz Conservatory for two years before he turned his eyes on piano in which he never had any previous training. He wanted to be a Jazz musician who could play Bebop. His role models, at the time, were two of Jazz greats, namely Bud Powell and Wynton Kelly while he also had an interest in Classical music. Dahl ones said: "For me, it is only the music that is interesting. And Bach's music has it all at once. That fascinates me. Plus, the fact that it doesn't do any harm to play his music, nevertheless you become a better pianist." As a leader, he played and recorded with his own Carsten Dahl trio and Carsten Dahl Experience. He is also one of the most sought-after Jazz pianists as a sideman who worked/recorded with Ed Thigpen, Lars Danielsson, Arild Andersen, Ulf Wakenius, Bent Jædig, Miroslav Vitous, John Tchicai, Marc Ducret, Ray Anderson and Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Hugo Rasmussen and Bob Rockwell were among others. Dahl won Ben Webster Prize in 1997. The Ben Webster Prize is an annual Jazz Award set up by the Ben Webster Foundation to honour Danish and American Jazz musicians as well as other professionals active in the promotion of Jazz in those countries. Dahl signed up with the music publishing house Edition Wilhelm Hansen in 2008.
Carsten Dahl, one of Scandinavia’s most sought after pianists, is now ready with a new, inspired album of improvisational jazz.
“Dreamchild” is different from Dahl’s earlier works. With a meditative approach his goal is to convey the childlike ability to completely immerse oneself in the moment. According to Dahl, this state of wonder and curiosity is harder to achieve as an adult – but through these unique improvisations the listener is invited into this melodious place.
This is a very personal piece of work from Carsten Dahl, so it was only natural that the only other contributors on the album are his own daughters – Anne Sofie Abildskov Dahl on violin and Celina Sørine Dahl on piano.