Last week Janne Thelin and Robert Ek form Norrbotten NEO headed to München to do some shopping! And the shopping item was to select the Contrabass clarinet of their choice!
This is Janne and Robert and in the middle the man who is maiking these large instruments, Benedikt Eppelsheim.
At the second floor he has his work shop and we had to choose between two types of contrabass clarinet. And after five hours of test playing we picked one and now Eppelsheim can start to build it.
We have to wait for about a year to get it. It takes time - they are quite big! Looking forward to this!
Last week we played music written by Sofia Jernberg and Cecilia Persson, who are the two founders of the group Paavo and joining them Clas Lassbo (bass) and Gustav Nahlin (drums). The week consisted with rehearsal and finnished off with a mini tour in Haparanda, Älvsbyn and Luleå!
We ourself had some extra musicians with us, Elin Andersson and Johan Christofferson was filling in for Magnus Ekholm and Håkan Broström. Conductor Jan Levander.
And the press have been busy writing about Paavo, Sofia and Cecilia and Tobias Lundeqvist from Norrbottens Kuriren wrote: "Tonight we won the gold medal in the national championship in music!"
And the people in Haparanda was prepared for a concert that would make the jaw drop!
And here's a portrait of pianist and composer Cecilia Persson (also our composer in residence this year) who is managing composing, playing, studing to be a nurse and being a parent, all at the same time!
About Paavo, Sofia and Cecilia
And we're in it as they point out our trumpet player Danne Johansson as a big band jewel!
"If there's one thing more incongruous than a full-time, state-salaried jazzorchestra based in the far north of Sweden, it could only be a subarctic swing band whose artistic director is a passionate fan of north-east pop legends Prefab Sprout." - Alfred Hickling, the Guardian.
We got the Guardian in the audience in Gateshead, and here's the review! Click on the picture to read the whole article!
While we were waiting for instruments and suits our artistic director Joakim Milder sat down with John Watson with the Jazz Journal and had a talk!
You can read the artical here!
For those of you who follow us on Facebook you know that the past weekend has been to say the least, thrilling and nerve wracking! When we arrived to Gateshead, our instruments were stuck in Copenhagen, but no one at the airport did know where! So after a massive chain of calls around Scotland we got a delivery with instruments that we could borrow - and we where off to concert!
Django Bates trying out the hotel piano in the lobby!
So after all that said we had an amazing show, in a fantastic concert hall, with a great audience and a big thank you to the people at Sage Gateshead for all of your help!
The concerthall for the evening, at Sage Gateshead!
Adam Forkelid is getting ready for the show
Our head manager Walter Brolund giving Jackie Thompson, our contact at Sage Gateshead, a bouqet of flower to say thank you to all of her fantastic help!
Know were back home in Luleå for workshops with composer students and rehearsal with Paavo, Sofia Jernberg and Cecilia Persson, for a tour which starts in Haparanda on Friday 11/4!
We arrived to Gateshead smoothly and happy. But when we went to get our bagage and instruments - they couldn't be found! They were stuck in Köpenhamn and at the moment your searching through Wales to find reserves! If they don't arrive to the concert tonight!
Please please SAS can you make an express flight! Or are you in the Gateshead area with some kind om instrument like a saxophone and can let us borrow it for a while, send us a PM on Facebbook!
But some kind of instruments are going to turn up! And you will see us with Django Bates tonight!
ARE YOU ON THE FESTIVAL??
Well then be sure to remember to come watch a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm: Alyn Shipton talks with Django Bates and Joakim Milder (free to ticket holders)
And we're off! Right now the hole band is in the air heading to Gateshead! See you in Sproutland!
Today we're busy rehearsal with Django Bates at Sveriges Radios studio (well, we got some time for chatting too, as you can see) for the concert tomorrow at Kulturenshus in Stockholm, 19:00
There well be a lot of notes cause we're playing bebop a la Charlie Parker with Django Bates and his trio Belovéd. Great fun!
Here you can watch a video with Django Bates done by Sveriges Radio
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In the last week you have heard us three times on the radio! And if you didn't, and missed it! Clink and listen here!
Concert with Mari Boine! http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/338163?programid=4427
Concert with Ceacilie Norby & Lars Danielsson http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/338193?programid=4431
Concert with Django Bates http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=4058&artikel=5824109
Interview with Django Bates
To our upcoming visit to Sage Gateshead Jazz festival were we are playing with our Prefab Sprout make over, Joakim Milder got a letter from the original founder of Prefab Sprout, Paddy McAloon!
On friday we're heading off to Sproutland, jazz festival and Paddys's hometown - we are very excited and hope to see you there Paddy!
Read the letter!
Now you can listen to the concert that we did with the fantastic Mari Boine on radio. SR P2 recorded the concert and it was air yesterday, so click in on the link!
First you can listen to the choir Arctic Light, then at 20:15 our concert drops in!
For those of you who missed it and those of you who were their and what to hear it again - enjoy!
And on sunday they are broadcasting from our concert with Caecilie Norby and Lars Danielsson after the 18:00 News.
On our way to Narvik to the opening of the Prefab Sprout tour, a snowstorm got in the way and we had to turn around cause we were told that our tour bus couldn't get through. We feel sorry for those of you who were planning to come and hear us play - we look forward to see you next time, without the storm!
Nils Olav Johansen - guitar and Johannes Lundberg on double-bass and arrangement
Conductor Joakim Midler who's written lot of the arrangements.
Håkan Broström playing a solo on I Trawl the megahertz.
Adam Forkelid - piano
Back in Luleå we got the rig up and instead had our Prefab-premier on saturday at Kulturens hus! Good fun and good reviews in the local paper the morning after! With words written about the arrangement done by Johannes Lundberg for being stacked with thrilling approaches and ingenious new ideas. And with this concert saying that Norrbotten Big Band are proving that nothing is impossible!
Thank you and looking forward to see you in Stockholm on saturday - then off to Gateshead, UK!
Remember to check out our page on Facebook! There you can read more reviews and get more info!
In the paper!
We're happy to announce we've been nominated for Luleå Buissnes Award in the category Brand of the Year! Previously winners are Facebook and Luleå Hockey which means we're in great company! The winner is presented May 23.'Til then we can only hope!
- And perform of course!
We are on our way to Narvik in Oslo for our premier of the Prefab Sprout project! But tomorrow we are heading back to Luleå so come and see us play at Kulturens hus, 19:00 led by conductor Joakim Milder.
Great news to start off great tour! Thank you!
We played together with Josefine Lindstrand last friday, and had a wonderful show with great reviews! We'd like to send out a big thank you to all of you who joined us and especially to the wonderful Josefine herself and her music!
With that in mind we today start the rehearsals for the upcoming tour with the project Prefab Sprout! Joakim Milder and his band are here - and let the work begin! We are heading out on friday with our first concert stop in Narvik, Norway and close it up with a grand finally in Sage Gateshead at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival!
We welcome Josefine Lindstrand and her band who just arrived to Luleå! Today we start rehearsing for our concert on friday. We are playing at Nordica Jazz & Art Festival, Clarion Sense Hotel.
For the concert we have collaborated with songs written by Josefine, which are based on lyrics by the american poet Sara Teasdale, and Peter Dahlgren (trombonist in Norrbotten Big Band) have done half of the arrangement. The songs will be a mix of jazz, pop and singer/song writing.
Josefine Lindstrand album "There will be stars" was awarded with best Jazz in Sweden 2009. And to our concert on Friday we will play a new song with new arrangement by Peter!
See you there!
Two master students of composition from KHM are visiting us today. Together with us and Örjan Fahlström they get valuable coaching and we get to perform their fantastic works in the end!
Today we start off our collaboration with composer and pianist Cecilia Persson! She is here to coach and compose with us and we'll do a grand final concert in November. Welcome Cecilia, we're looking forward to working with you!
Recent interviews with Cecilia Persson (in Swedish) below:
Trombonist Arvid Ingberg and Jan Allan preparing for the recording.
The tour with trumpeter Jan Allan is finished. We've played in Piteå, Arjeplog, Luleå, Pajala and Haparanda. Today we'll end the collaboration at least for now (Jan Allan promised to be back when he turns 90! in an TV-interview) recording an album with the fantastic music written especially for this tour and for Jan Allan.
Today we start rehearsals with the great jazzmusician and trumpetist Jan Allan. On thursday we go on tour up north. The music we will perform is written by a number of talented jazzcomposers. Read this interview with Jan Allan - and learn what impression he has made on the composers writing for him!
Check out "One tone song" on Spotify!
Feb 10: Business as usual...
The tour with Mari Boine + band and Ole Jörn Myklebust is over. Thank you all for a great time! We've gotten the best reviews. Here are some of them below! Now it is business as ususal until next week when we meet Jan Allan - one of Swedens most talented jazz musicians!
After a fantastic Sweden tour with Mari Boine and her band (extreme media coverage, a great audience at every concert, check our Facebook) we now will perform in Norway. Today in Lakselv and tomorrow in Tromsö. For those who can't see us, here's a link to SR (Swedish national radio) who recorded one song from the concert in Umeå.
Right now we are rehearsing our program with norwegian Mari Boine and Ole Jörn Myklebust. Mari braught her own band and we're happy to collaborate! We had the pressmeeting today. TV, radio and a daily paper came to make interviews. We look forward to the show on Friday in Luleå, which is sold out!
Repetition! TV och radio filmade samtidigt.
Today we start rehearsals with superstar Mari Boine together with her band and Ole Jörn Myklebust who has arranged the music for the tour. Ole Jörn is first to arrive - welcome!!
Rolling Stone Magazine loved her concert in USA and 80-ies popicon Peter Gabriel was the first to contract her. Here's our exclusive with Mari Boine, who'll tour with us from Jan 31 under lead of Ole Jörn Myklebust!
Right before last year ended we got the great news that our album for children Emil, Pippi, Karlsson & Co is nominated for a Swedish Grammy! We want to thank all of you who have been a part of making this album with us - and you who have bought it from the webshops. The winners of the Grammynominations will be announced Feb 17!
Now you can buy our CD with Outi Tarkiainen and Aili Ikonen at iTunes! But there is also still time to get the CD sent to you home if you buy it at our webstore norrbottensmusiken.se/butik.
We have a lot happening this week. Tuesday Dec 3 we have a worshop with students from Örebro. On Wednesday 4 we start rehearsing with danish jazz-singer Caecilie Norby and bassist Lars Danielsson (who was nominated for the Swedish award Jazzkatten this year).
Joakim Milder playing his saxophone!
Today we say welcome and hallo to our artistic director (saxophonist, composer and professor of improvisation) Joakim Milder who visits us from Stockholm. He is in town to discuss our coming projects! He'll lead danish superstar and jazzsinger Caecilie Norby and basist Lars Danielsson who'll play with us Dec 7 in Luleå. In March 2014 we have an interesting pop-jazz-project with the music of 80-ies popicons Prefab Sprout. Milder will dress the groups hits in a big band costume first that is going to be played in Luleå, Stockholm, Oulu (in Finland) and in Newcastle during the big jazzfestival Sage Gateshead! Something to look forward too!
Trio X (picture from miu musik)
NBB goes on tour from Saturday Nov 16 with the three musicians in Trio X: Lennart Simonsson, piano, Per V Johansson, bass and Joakim Ekberg, drums.
The musical arrangemants are made by lead-trombonist Peter Dahlgren from NBB.
- We'll play big band versions of music by Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén and also some Russian Mussorgsky (whos music is played in movies like The Wizard of Oz, The Big Lewoski and Kopps). We will also present music written by saxophonists Karl-Martin Almqvist och Håkan Broström. Our new trombonist, Arvid Ingberg, has written a song called "The Ship":
- My song is inspired by pop- and folkmusic and the magnificence of nature.
Bassist Per B Johansson from Trio X contributes with a tango. We'll also perform a song by pianist Lennart Simonsson. Not to forget my own song Raksträcka with a solo by myself. We start the tour in Gimo Saturday Nov 16! Welcome!
Peter Dahlgren, in his studio at Norrbottensmusiken,
in action arranging the music for the Trio-X-tour.
Yesterdays childrensconcert was a very nice event for Norrbotten Big Band. The concert at Kulturhuset was sold out and lots and lots of children and adults watched the band play with composer Georg Riedel, at age of 78 years (!), and his daughter Sarah Riedel as singsolist. After the concert there was a signing and release of the new CD with the music from the concert, famous Astrid Lindgren-songs in a big band version! The band who'd arrived Monday afternoon in Stockholm flew back to Luleå late evening. Hit and run. And sweet success as luggage!
Saturday Oct 19 Norrbotten Big Band flies off to Stockholm to perform a concert "The Sirenades" with Lina Nyberg (and band). Concert: Saturday Oct 19, Kulturhuset in Stockholm, 1800 hours.
Norrbotten Big Band start a school-tour today. Pupils in schools in different northern cities will get the chance to perform with the band!
Don't forget the jamsession with members of Norrbotten Big Band arranged by Footprints. The session starts after the Lina Nyberg concert in Kulturens Hus.
At the moment all of us at Norrbottensmusikens office can enjoy the music of brilliant composer and musician Lina Nyberg as the rehearsals have started with Norrbotten Big Band. Welcome Lina! And most welcome to the members of Lina Nyberg Band! Saturdays concert (5/10) is almost sold out. Hurry to get your ticket!
Our brand new composer- in-residence Cecilia Persson visits us. A very warm welcome! Cecilia is going to meet Norrbotten Big Band, whom she is composing for 2014, during the week. Also she is going to play music on Saturday night, October 5, when she joins Lina Nyberg Band on the piano. We're excited!
The very talented jazzsinger and composer Lina Nyberg has written a piece of music for NBB only. And the premiere of this piece, The Sirenades, will be presented in her concert in Luleå. The name "Sirenades" represents three themes, says Lina Nyberg. The first part is about sirenes, war and disaster. The second also about sirenes but now from mermaids who allure us to forget and forgive. The last is about the serenade: love in all the shapes and forms it may take! More about Lina down below.
Lina Nyberg is best known as a singer -- one of Sweden's top four female vocalists from a phenomenal era in the late 1990s. Her unique voice is her signature, but not her whole means of expression. She is also a composer, arranger and lyricist. Her various groups become instruments in and of themselves and are equally as important as her voice. For the past twenty years, she has been one of the most creative and headstrong small group leaders in Swedish jazz.
Lina's focus has never been on giving the audience what it wants, but rather on what she herself wants to convey. She does not try to fill anyone else's shoes but her own.
She knew this already when she applied to the Royal Academy of Music in the early 1990s. It wasn't only about jazz vocals. In Lina's words, "I studied with Bengt-Arne Wallin and Ola Bengtsson, focusing especially on big band music!"
The final concert at the Royal Academy in 1993 featured music for a larger ensemble and led to the album So Many Stars in 1996 with the hand-picked Radiojazzgruppen Noveau.
Lina Nyberg's breakthrough came in 1993 together with Esbjörn Svensson. Their duet album Close has become a modern classic. Esbjörn, with whom she worked in the Fredrik Norén Band, was a member of Lina's quintet. When the Smile Shines Through from 1994 is an example of their collaboration.
Since then, there have been over ten albums with various ensembles leading up to Palaver, which came in 2011. Except for Tellus from 2006 and the Caprice Records project Brasil Big Bom with Magnus Lindgren from 2007, most of Lina's recordings have been with small groups. Under different circumstances, there would most likely have been more large group projects.
In 2012, she got the chance to work with the music of one of her favorites, Björk, with the Bohuslän Big Band. Lina wrote four of the arrangements.
In 2013, we will see Lina Nyberg in person with the NBB. The working name for the project is "Sirenade". Lina's music will be mixed with the music of her greatest sources of inspiration, such as Björk, Joni Mitchell, Caetano Veloso and Carla Bley, all filtered through Lina's personality. Lina will have her current band with her: Cecilia Persson, piano; David Stackenäs, guitar; Josef Kallerdahl, bass; and Peter Danemo, drums.
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