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Stefan Olofsson

Stefan 2019 Photo by Giorgos Marinakis
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Stefan Olofsson is a Swedish songwriter, producer and piano player whose music ranges from pop to jazz, classical and progressive rock. Certified in Studio Recording from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, USA, and Piteå School of Music, Sweden. He is one half of the yacht rock duo State Cows as well as one third of the crossover prog band Dynamo Bliss.

His first solo album Story of a Woman was released in 2003. It combines elements of jazz, classical, progressive rock and Swedish folk music. During the same time period he was a session player on yacht rock projects Strange Ways and Days in L.A.

He has performed and recorded with Jay Graydon (two-time Grammy winner, twelve-time Grammy nominee, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Benson, Al Jarreau, The Manhattan Transfer, Steely Dan alumni), Bill Champlin (Chicago), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Michael Landau (Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd) and Ian Bairnson (Kate Bush, Alan Parsons Project) among others.

Stefan is currently recording new music with two of his bands as well as working on a few other projects. He is also active as a jazz pianist in the Greek city of Chania, Crete.

Jazz Elements

Stefan Olofsson website

Previous Main Bands

  • The Posers - extremely popular Beatles tribute band, gigging locally in Umeå, Sweden, for a few years in the late 1990s.
  • 2nd Arrangement - highly praised Steely Dan tribute band, in the early 2000s, before the band State Cows was formed.
  • Current Main Bands

    • State Cows - smooth guitar lines, half-time shuffles, funky bass lines, slick harmonies, real Fender Rhodes, tight horn sections and some California sunshine ... it's all in there.
    • Dynamo Bliss - hammond pop, progressive rock, analog synth, art rock, choir chorus, classic rock, cp80, instrumental polyrhythm, space synth, guitar solo, vocal harmonies ... in brief, crossover prog at its best.
    • Durmarque Jazz Trio - Below 3 gig videos filmed by Ken Carpenter - "A Frenchman a Greek and a Scandinavian get together to make wonderful music in Crete."


  • Jazz Elements
  • - Matthieu Durmarque - sax, Lefteris Papadakis - bass, Stefan Olofsson - piano.


    Session Work and Teaching

    Stefan is also active as a jazz piano teacher, as well as a session musician specializing in music production, e.g. mixing, mastering, editing etc.


    Team Olofsson

    Stefan is a founding member of Team Olofsson, which maintains Jay Graydon's educational YouTube channel and related business assignments.


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