Jonas Reingold is a multi-talented music man from Sweden, born on April 22, 1969 near Uppsala. He’s a bass player, songwriter and producer who started his career in 1986 at age 17 in hardrock band Wire in his home town. He replaced a friend and his performance was received so well that he got the job permanently.
In 1988 he moved to Malmö where he studied music at the Malmö Academy of Music for 4 years and he got his master’s degree in fine arts in 1994. He then joined the Downtown Clowns with whom he recorded his first album. In 1995 he made another ambition come true: to arrange, record and produce an all bass jazz album with Sweden Bass Orchestra, featuring legendary Danish jazz bass player Niels Henning-Ørsted Pedersen, which received incredible reviews in music magazines all over Europe and USA. Besides that Jonas played in several bands and recorded with lots of artists. He worked as a session musician and as a freelance bass player and has played on more than 60 albums.
In 1996 Jonas worked with Benny Andersson and Björn Ulveus (ABBA) on their production “Kristina From Duvumala”. The album sold double platinum in Sweden. Jonas then formed the band Midnight Sun together with Peter Sandberg in 1996. Their debut album “Another World” was released in Europe and Japan in 1997, and in 1998 they released a second album “Above & Beyond”.
In 1998 Jonas contacted some old and new friends to play some of his new material and this led to the band Reingold. The recordings for their debut album started in late ’98. At that time Jonas still was a member of Midnight Sun but he also wanted to work with some other people and find new ways for his songwriting. He chose the brilliant vocalist Göran Edman, drummer Jaime Salazar and guitarist Marcus Jacobssen as permanent members in the band. Göran Edman has had a great career with artists like Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Brazon Abbot and Glory.
Jonas’ ambition has always been focused on being a good songwriter, “that is what matters always if you buy an album or not”, he says. “Universe” is a great debut album with astonishing performances and plenty of good hard rock songs.
The Flower Kings
In 1999 Jonas was asked to start working with The Flower Kings to replace Michael Stolt, who had chosen a well-paid day job as a concert promoter in Stockholm. Although he initially only joined them for live work, the band were so impressed with his playing that they invited him to become a full member of the band, and he joined them in the studio for the recording of the album Space Revolver.
From this moment on Jonas’ career accelerated even more. He recorded “Initiation” with swedish jazz/fusion giant Anatholi Bulkin in 1999. In 2001 he recorded “Above And Beyond” with his band Midnight Sun, and also an album with his band Reptilian. Since then he has recorded albums with The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, Kaipa, Opus Atlantic, Time Requiem and The Tangent with an incredible frequency of 4 to 6 albums a year.
In 2004 Jonas was asked to accept a chair for 6 months at the Skövde University in Sweden and become editor in chief of the academic course for composition and music production. In this role he wrote the full 2-years program and he is also recruiting additional teachers. “I am ready now to give back something of my experiences to the students”, he declares.”
Finally in 2009 Jonas decided to merge his skills, experience, taste and feeling about music into a new progressive/fusion record company: Reingold Records.
At the end of 2014 Jonas and his family (wife and 2 kids) moved to Vienna in Austria where he set up his new Reingold Studio.
This music man stays as busy as a bee so check out the section Discography to find out about his past and recent activities and be dumbfounded by the extremely versatile and high-quality work he has delivered and still delivers on stage and in the studio. Support his music, visit his live shows and buy his work in his webshop.