New amazing project with the fantastic Brazilian percussionist Renato Martins. We combine the music of Calabash with the rhythms and music from Brazil. The music is a mix of classical music, jazz music & world music.

Renato Martins: Udu Drum & Cajon, Brazil

Jakob Mygind: saxophones, Denmark

Kai Stensgaard: marimba & aluphone, Denmark

Calabash Trio was founded in 2015. The idea came up in 2014 at the  International Music Festival in Taiwan, where Kai Stensgaard met Renato Martins for the first time. They decided to make a new and exciting international collaboration that blends our arrangements and improvisations with the Brazilian music. The music ranges from the energetic to the very beautiful. The style is a crossover between jazz, latin, world, and classical music – we call the style Brazilian World Jazz.


The virtuoso Brazilian percussion style makes the meeting with Calabash to a expolsion of rhythms and sounds. Renato uses a loop machine in which he is a true champion. He is European champion in the loop! It is fascinating to follow his layered structure of Brazilian rhythms through the loop machine.Renato Martins gives many master classes around the world and include sponsored by Latin Percussion, and in this connection appeared on the world’s largest music trade fair NAMM in LA He also has several years played with the famous Cirque de Soleil.
Renato Martins, the multi instrumentalist, born in Rio brought up in São Paulo, started to play percussion and piano when he was just four years old. His musical education started at six with maestro Silvio Tancredi, progressing on to study drums and piano concentrating on Brazilian popular music at Zimbo Trio’s School, The CLAM. He also studied classical piano with Professor Leda Maria Chacur Alves, as well as harmony, composition and conducting at Santa Marcelina Arts University.
Jakob Mygind has toured the world with Pierre Dorge & The New Jungle Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Festival and the Calgary International Jazz Festival. Awards: Jazzambassador Prize 1995 Jazz Musician of the Year in 2004 and Go Global World Music Award. He even played for the Emperor of Japan, when the Danish Queen was on an official visit to Japan.
Kai Stensgaard is internationally renowned marimba player and has toured most of the world. As the inventor of The Six Mallet Grip he is in demand as a clinician worldwide. He is also co-inventor of a new Danish musical instrument, Aluphonen, which is also included in Calabash’s instruments.