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.
Luleå Kulturens hus
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