Koop (band)

Koop (band)

Koop is an electronic jazz duo from Sweden. Members are Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson.


When listening to Koop's music it is easy to believe that it's played by a small orchestra, but in fact the music is based on samples. Thousands of small clips (drums, strings, horn sections and choirs) from records are pain-stakingly puzzled together to create new songs. This creates the distinctive surreal Koop sound.

The vocals are not sampled. Many singers have blessed the Koop albums with their talent. On the album Koop Islands the singers are : Yukimi Nagano, Ane Brun, Hilde Louise Asbjornsen, Earl Zinger and Mikael Sundin.

When playing live, Koop's main mission is to make people move their feet. The band transforms into a 7-9 piece swing orchestra including one or two singers and the line-up varies from time to time. Koop themselves play piano/accordion (Oscar), sampler (Magnus) and wear dresses.

Koop won a swedish grammy in 2003, and received a gold record for swedish sales of their last album "Koop Islands".


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