Saturday aug 27 saw the inauguration of Lasse Färnlös’s place in Västerås, Sweden. Lasse (1942-94) was one of the most influential jazz composers/musicians in Sweden during the 60’s through the 80’s. Now he’s got his own square in his hometown, Västerås. For the last couple of years I’ve come to know his son, Jonas. We’ve played several gigs together and have worked together in my THE SONIC E project. The other day he phoned me to play on this occasion. I was very honored to get the opportunity to perform in honor for the great musician, Lasse. It was loads of fun and the square was crowded as we blasted out Lasses “Boutique Sandhamn” together with the great trio Bicycle Beat from Stockholm and Jonas son Aslan. Thanks Jonas, Aslan, Bicycle Beat and last but not least Lasse Färnlöf!
Kiruna is a tune I wrote a couple of years ago. The idea was to create a piece that evolves and changes tonality throughout the tune. Just like the city with the same name 🙂 I was born and raised in Kiruna. The city is now undergoing a massive change due to the ore mining business that keeps it alive. The whole city center and its surrounding parts are being relocated a couple of kilometers south. I visit Kiruna maybe once a year and the city never looks the same from time to time. Anyway, the tune has a heavy pulsating beat indicating that this is the only way to go for the city to survive.
This is Östbjörka Dub. We made a reworking of some traditional swedish and finnish folk melodies and applied them to a dub beat. I’m using my iPad to fire off samples over the heavy beat provided by Morgan 🙂