Niklas Winter is a finnish jazzguitarist and teacher. Winter has made 6 records as a leader and has been active as a sideman in several projects. He also runs his own jazzlabel Abovoice.

Winter has a fresh, modern sound. This is original and very exciting music and Niklas Winter Quartet has surely been a great experience at many festivals. Tor Hammerø /Jazznyt (Norway)

Winter is a true sophisticated original on the guitar in Finland. Timo Vähäsilta /Rytmi (Finland)

Niklas Winter’s poetic playing shows great knowledge of improvisational skills. Jörgen Östberg /Orkester Journalen (Sweden)

” In Winter’s playing listener can hear plainness and intelligence. Winter’s improvisations and harmonies look back to the history of jazz but also expresses the atmosphere of today.”Hiroki Sugita/Jazz Life (Japan)

Trust in fact, was key, as was a fundamental sense of good time. Without a drummer or a bassist, and with the two guitarists sometimes dissolving into spare sections where time was, at best, suggested, it became even more essential that the two could internalize that time and know where it was, without it being explicitly there. It’s in the context of the duo that an artist is at his/her most exposed; not only are their abilities, instincts and improvisational élan laid bare, but their communication skills—or lack thereof—are impossible to disguise. Viinikainen and Winter needn’t have worried, as it was clear, from their Tampere Jazz Happening performance, that this was a duo communicating at a very deep level, playing relatively quiet music that was, nevertheless, thoroughly captivating.




26.9 Tapper-popermajer, Teckomatorp, Sweden.


Niklas Winter with West Yard Jazz Quartet. CD release! In the band: Anders Westergård – drums, Niklas Winter – guitar, Mikael Jakobsson – piano and Johnny Åman on bass.


28.9 Tm-galleria, Helsinki.


Niklas Winter solo guitar improvisations.


11.10 Old Bank, Turku.


Niklas Winter with Severi Pyysalo on vibraphone.


13.11 Malmitalo, Helsinki.


Niklas Winter & Severi Pyysalo & Jesper Bodilsen Trio.


26.11 Sibeliusmuseo, Turku.


Niklas Winter with Jesse van Ruller on guitar.


28.11 Porin Kirjasto, Pori.


Niklas Winter with Jesse van Ruller on guitar.


29.11 Tiirikkala, Turku.


Niklas Winter with Jesse van Ruller on guitar.


9.12 Hannikaissali, Jyväskylä.


Niklas Winter with guitarists from the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences.


13.12 Old Bank, Turku.


Niklas Winter with Severi Pyysalo on vibraphone.


Looking forward playing with the West Yard Jazz Quartet again. Our CD will finally be released on friday the 26th of September in Sweden.

Looking also very much forward to the duo gigs with Jesse van Ruller this November. We will play in Turku two concerts and in Pori one concert. We will also do a radio recording.

I will record Trio material with vibraphonist Severi Pyysalo and Jesper Bodilsen on bass.This CD will be released in the beginning of next year.

Beside these projects I will be doing my regular gigs – hope to see you there!