Niklas Winter is a finnish jazz guitarist and composer. Winter has made 8 records as a leader and has been active as a sideman in several bands. He also runs his own jazzlabel Abovoice. During the years Winter has performed with; Kenny Wheeler, Ulf Wakenius, Kirite Kanawa, Jesse Van Ruller, Cameron Brown, Henry Lowther, Ted Curson, Lars Jansson, Jukkis Uotila, Teemu Viinikainen, Karl-Martin Almqvist, Fumio Yasuda, Ino Nobuyoshi, Jani Moder, Morten Lund, Jesper Bodilsen, Severi Pyysalo and many more..

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.


THE LIGHTHOUSE    (Abovoice-1021)

NIKLAS WINTER (FIN) – GUITAR   LORENZO COMINOLI (IT) – GUITAR.  Special guest: Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

‘Rauhallisesti kelluva The Lighthouse on kahden kitaristin lähes meditatiivinen näkemys kitarajazzista modernissa maailmassa’ Aleksi Näsänen, TS, 8/2021.

Buy new album from here! Link to the record label homepage:


You can also buy the record from following stores and webshops:

LevykauppaX. Stores located in several cities in Finland.


Digelius Music. Store located in Helsinki.


8Raita. Store located in Turku.



Look at ’ concerts ’ for a full list of upcoming and past performances.


11.8 Konstens Natt, Taiteiden Yö, Turku, Finland.


With Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone.


24.8 EU Forum, Turku, Finland.

WAM, Turku.

With Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

26.8  Riga, M/Darbnica, Latvia.

With Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.


27.8 Turun Musiikkijuhlat, Turku, Finland.

With Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.


13.10  Sacred Music Festival, Helsinki, Finland.

Niklas Winter Graduale.

Henry Lowther (UK) – trumpet, Niklas Winter – guitar, Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Juho Laitinen – cello.

Utopia Voice Ensemble.


21.10 Espresso House, Kokkola, Finland.

With Söderbacka- Matikainen Duo.

Martin Söderbacka – guitar, Eevalotta Matikainen – bass.

The gig starts at 4PM.


12.11  Turku Cathedral, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter Graduale.

Henry Lowther (UK) – trumpet, Niklas Winter – guitar, Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Juho Laitinen – cello.

Four piece voice ensemble; Terhi Lehtovaara – soprano, Marika Kivinen – mezzosoprano, Mats Lillhannus – tenor, Kristoffer Malm – bass.


6.12 Monks Jazz Club, Austin, USA.

With Emil Hess (DK)- tenor saxophone, Jon Lundbom – guitar, Ryan Hagler – Bass, Richard Huntley – drums.


9.12 Oddwood Brewery, Austin, USA.

With Emil Hess (DK) – tenor saxophone and Richard Huntley on drums.




The material to my new album ’Niklas Winter Graduale’ was recorded in October and the album will be released in early 2023 on my label Abovoice. www.abovoice.com

The session was a blast and the sound of a quartet with a chamber choir of 16 persons is just fantastic! The recording session was done in the great Naantali medieval church.

In November I will do a concert with this Graduale project in the fantastic Turku Cathedral on the 12.11. Looking forward to that. The cathedral is just a fantastic place.

In early December I’m going to do a recording session in Austin, Texas with tenor player Emil Hess (DK) and drummer Richard Huntley. We will record trio versions of Hank William tunes and others:) This new album will come out during spring of 2023.

We also do a couple of gigs in Austin. 6th of December at the Monks Jazz Club and the 9th at the Oddwood Brewery.