Glen Gabriel has been involved in the world of music since very early age. When Glen was born, his father (Anders Jansson) was managing some of the most famous artists in Sweden such as Per Gessle. At the age of 7 Glen had already met the Swedish winners in the Eurovision Song Contest 6 years in a row, all part of the Management company owned by his father.
As a child, Glen took lessons from Carola Häggkvist's singing teacher. He then met with pianist Per-Erik Hallin (the only Swede who ever toured with Elvis Presley) which advised Glen in music. From having met many artists in his childhood including the family friend and world famous artist Chick Corea, it was only natural Glen wanted to become an artist himself.
Glen was always very fascinated of what he could learn from these very great and talented artists. One Christmas he got to meet with Astrid Lindgren in her home (the fantastic Swedish children's book author and screenwriter who have written many books including the Pippi Long-stockings books). Glen became good friends with Astrid upon where she gave him specially signed books each time they met.
One thing Glen learned from these fantastic artists was the simplicity of art and music. He understood the importance of creating and to never be bound by any rules in doing so.
Between the age of 7 and 8, Glen started teaching himself to play the piano and his method was quite simple: he played by ear.
After having tried piano lessons, which didn't work out for him, Glen decided he would not doing anything else than just performing the music he had in his head. The logic was he wanted to create something new.
After having ventured into new styles and ways of thinking Glen took on learning the traditional way of reading and writing music and is today classically trained. He felt this was necessary as it is better knowing how to do something and DECIDE if you want to do it rather than not doing something because you “don’t know how”.
While Glen has always had a vast array of interests and hobbies such as sports, acting, drawing, painting, dancing, writing and filmmaking, his strongest point was his music.
From 1990-2005 Glen Gabriel devoted most of his time to study, work and traveling and didn't spend much time composing. His main attention was to learn and listen to other music styles that suited him. He has travelled around the world including all main countries of Europe, South Africa and some major cities in the USA such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and Washington DC.
Glen's taste in music varies between film music to electronica, 70s funk and disco, hard rock, drum n bass, big beat, breakbeat, classical, hip hop and many other styles. In Glen's opinion any song can be good as long as they tell a story.
Today Glen Gabriel has released 2 albums with his own music, "Music in Chronological Order" and "My World". He has created music for independent films (as you can see under Media Scoring on this page) and worked on jingles for many major commercials.
Glen is also very active in his project together with his best friend Mille Trygg-Wiberg in the band GLIM, which is a mixture of electronica and classical. "I love this project as I learn new styles from my fantastic friend and it is the time where I can think out of the box of film music" says Glen.
Another specialty of Glen is his ability to collaborate with people and other styles of music, including hard rock. He has actively been contributing with his orchestrations to the upcoming solo project from the vocalist, songwriter and producer Tony Harnell, best known for his work with the hard rock band TNT. Glen has also been collaborating with the fantastic experimental hard rock artist Lizette from the band Lizette &.
Amongst these projects, Glen is working with Bia (his wife) on music for poetry. This is done by Glen reading the fantastic poetry of Bia and then composes songs that fit those poems.
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