Göran Månsson & Friends
During the spring of 2017, the well known swedish flute player Göran Månsson was, in collaboration with a group of musicians out of all kind of genres, recording a new album with music inspired by Olof Jönsson.
Flute player Olof Jönsson (1867–1953) also called Ol’Jansa, lived in the Härjedalen province in the middle of Sweden, and was, as it was common among folk pipers, a musician mostly in private.
His instrument was the Härjedalspipan – the Härjedalen flute, and his music must have been seen as quite intriguing, even exotic, as Swedish radio recorded his tunes on no less than three separate occasions between 1935 and 1951.
Ol’Jansa’s music was brought to the present, and developed to a border-crossing cooperation, with influences from different styles building a new music out of the traditional, giving a new identity to the instrument and its clime.
In commission of Svenskt Visarkiv (the Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research) and the public record company Caprice Records the album Ol’Jansa – Göran Månsson & Friends was released in autumn 2017 and is nominated for the best Folk album of the Year 2018 in Sweden by MANIFEST GALAN.
In the fascinating Swedish / Japanese Recording project LYÖSTRAINI – TREES OF LIGHT,
Lena, Karin and Anders carefully let the japanese classical tradition, Lena’s strong poems in her native
Älvdals-toungue and the open fields of improvisation meet and react into a unique musical world for
new paths to be created. The music of this ensemble carries an impression of history, of today and
tomorrow- in the same, resonant spur of the moment.
The first CD of the Trio was published by ECM Records in the year 2015 and won the Swedish
Grammy Award 2016 as well as the “Bestenliste 3-2015” awarded by: die deutsche
UNIO MYSTICA II
“Unio Mystica” is a long-term, multicultural project created by South Tyrolean musician and
composer Dietrich Oberdörfer. The aim is merging different archaic sound languages that evoke
the fundamental human need for internalisation and transcendence through their mystic character.
In “unio mystica II”, occidental sacral music meets psychedelic guitar sounds and Far Eastern
Shinto and Zen mysticism. In a shared journey through both time and diverse musical styles, the
three musicians have created a distinct sound.