Karin Hammar was born 1974 in the northern town Boden in Sweden. She studied at the Royal Conversatory of Stockholm between 1994-1999 and she has freelanced as fulltime musician since 1997.She has worked with most of the professional big bands in Sweden, but also with the European EBU Big Band, the Scandinavian April Light Orchestra and the South-african/Scandinavian World Music group Jazzmyne. She has also played with internationally acclaimed Jazz Baltica Ensemble (with top musicians from northern Europe),West Deutche Rundfunk Big Band fromGermany and Norwegian Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. Karin has toured and recorded with international jazz stars as Kenny Werner, Tim Hagans, Steve Swallow, Gary Burton, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Carla Bley, Jim McNeely and Nils Landgren.Karin is also a frequent soloist in smaller ensembles and has toured in China, Thailand, Holland, Germany, Norway, Japan, UK, France, Italy, Kosovo, Iceland, Denmark, South Africa, Russia, the US, Canada, Turkey, Latvia, Brazil,The Phillippines , Italy, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Estonia. Karin is at the time being co-leading projects with collegues from France, Norway, Brazil, Holland, the US and South-Africa.Karin composes music to her different projects and her CD “With Friends”, consisting of Karins original music, was warmly welcomed by Swedish press when it was released in the fall of 2004.2007, Karin Hammar Quartet was formed. The group´s first CD “Everyday Magic” is being released during 2009 by German label Skip Records.Karin Hammar Quartet played at the internationally important Jazz Festival Jazz Baltica in July 2009. Karin Hammar Quartet is touring regularly in Germany and Sweden.The quintet Sliding Hammers, which Karin led between 1997 and 2008 with her also tromboneplaying sister Mimmi Hammar, has toured a lot of the countrieswritten above.Sliding Hammers released 4 CD´s: A Place to Be(Gazelle), Spin Around(Gazelle), A beautiful Friendship (Prophone) and Slidig Hammers Sings (Spiceof Life).Apart from working as section/solo player in smaller and bigger ensembles, Karin also appears as solo artist.As much as Karin´s heart belongs to jazz, she is as thrilled playing salsa, brazilian music, pop and soul and her trombone has appeared on many of the albums of Swedish pop stars, film tracks and commercial jingles.At 2004, Karin Hammar was the first receiver ever of the prestigious Swedishjazz award in the singers Alice Babs´ name.Other prestigious awards received are for example the Jazz Club Fasching Award, The culture prize of Stockholm City and the award of the memory of Swedish pianist Thore Swanerud. 2009, Karin Hammar received a Composer´s Award of 400 € from SKAP (The Swedish Society of PopularMusic Composers)Please visit www.myspace.com/karinhammar for listening, pictures and an updated concert schedule, or find Karin Hammar Quartet on Facebook.