In their early years, Kaipa was one of Sweden's best Symphonic Prog bands. Roine Stolt from The Flower Kings was a member of Kaipa. Their albums contain mostly instrumental music, drawing its influences from classic progressive Rock bands (Camel, Yes, Genesis), Classical music (Bach), and also Swedish Folk music. The Decca Years is a compilation of the three first albums from Kaipa, released under the Decca label during the years of 1975 to 1978. It also includes a demo which was previously unreleased, and a previously unreleased live set.
Kaipa are without doubt Sweden’s premier progressive rock outfit of the 1970s. The band’s highly regarded status within the Swedish music scene is also linked to the fact that former guitarist Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings, Steve Hackett Band) has risen to international acclaim in the prog community with his own band The Flower Kings which he founded in the mid 90s. This enormously helped put symphonic-progressive rock back on the musical map. Under the leadership of keyboardist, main songwriter and founding member Hans Lundin, Kaipa have been more productive than ever since their reformation in 2001, with seven critically acclaimed and internationally successful albums released under their 21st century line-up…
Kaipa is back with their 10th studio album 'in the wake of evolution'. The new album is an emotional and powerful blast straight into the future powered by fragile fragments from memory lane combining progressive rock epics with folk influences and melodic songwriting. Kaipa has a career spanning over 3 decades was originally formed in 1973 and their debut album was released in 1975. The first version of kaipa (1973-1982) recorded five albums and became the leading scandinavian progressive rock band. 20 years later the band reformed and invited original kaipa guitar player roine stolt (the flower kings, transatlantic). for fans of dream theater, transatlantic, rush.
In 2014, original Kaipa members Roine Stolt, Ingemar Bergman (drums) and Tomas Eriksson (Bass) re-grouped under the name Kaipa Da Capo to play the old music from the first three albums as well as brand new music. To complete the team they called Mikael Stolt (vocals, guitar), brother of Roine, and Max Lorentz (keyboards). After a series of concerts in 2015 the group started the recording of a new album in June 2016. The album is titled "Dårskapens Monotoni" (Folly Monotony, in a literal translation) and will be followed by an extended European and Scandinavian tour in the autumn. The music is in the traditional Kaipa sound with songs sung in Swedish.
Kaipa have announced that they’ll release their 13th album titled Children Of The Sounds later this year. The Swedish outfit’s follow-up to 2014’s Sattyg will arrive on September 22 via InsideOut Music, with mastermind Hans Lundin joined on the record by Per Nilsson, Morgan Ågren, Jonas Reingold, Patrik Lundström and Aleena Gibson. Violinist Elin Rubinsztein will also make a guest appearance.
The 1990s had been a very quiet decade for ex-Kaipa keyboardist Hans Lundin, but he released a solo album in 2000, his first since 1985. It triggered a desire to re-form his old band. The Flower Kings' star guitarist Roine Stolt (and former Kaipa member himself) jumped aboard and the two of them recorded Notes From the Past. The CD showcases a wonderful cross section of genres intermingled amongst progressive rock, jazz, and jazz-rock fusion. The vocals are equal to the task as Lundstrom, Lundin, and an angelic voiced woman named Aleena share the duties.
This is Roine Stolt's (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Agents of Mercy, Kaipa) double solo CD that’s rootsy and bluesy and very cool. Featuring some lead and backing vocals from Neal Morse, this album has a killer band and is trademark, vintage Roine in all his creative brilliance. This is what Roine says about it: “For a long time I've wanted to do something that is connected with my roots and the way I heard music in my teens. Even the lyrics on this album reflect a spirit that was around at the time, slightly political and as true today as back then. I also wanted to do an album that focus heavily on my guitar playing and in particular the more 60-70's style blues playing with a sound that is closer to clean tube amp than modern overdriven rectified. I started this out as a blues album ,then along the way it became my "postpsycedelicblues" album, but now I've included so many of my early influences so I guess it ended up being just… a music album”.
Roine Stolt, known as the guitarist, singer, writer and at times band leader of the groups The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Agents of Mercy, Kaipa DC, as well as from his work with prog icon Jon Anderson and the new super-group The Sea Within, is releasing a new album on the 23rd November 2018. Under the moniker Roine Stolt's The Flower King, ’Manifesto Of An Alchemist’ offers 10 songs and almost 70 minutes of playing time celebrating the style Roine is most revered for: progressive rock, richly orchestrated with all the trademark elements from four decades of the genre.