The new website is now On Air!
Let me know what you think of the new design. It's supposed to be responsive, so it looks almost the same both on big computer screens and small mobile phones. I used some big background photos from Sweden this time. Maybe they can be slow to load if you're on an old machine...
Please spread the link to your friends!
My new website is now available for PREVIEW!
The start page looks like this:
Two pages are still not available, the Musicals page and the Plays & Monologues page, but all other pages should be working fine.
I'm really pleased myself, but as always - let me know your opinion!
Here is the URL:
Today my grandpa Calle passed away.
The news filled me with a great sadness. He was not my real grandfather, but he was part of our family as long as I can remember (my real grandfather died when I was 3, so I have no memories of him).
I always loved visiting Calle's and grandma's house. Unfortunately it was 4 hours by car to get there, so we just met once or twice a year.
When I was a kid, Calle introduced me to Swedish poetry - especially Dan Andersson and Nils Ferlin - but also to music and the actual playing of music, as he was playing the accordion. I also remember the electric keyboard he had, which I was allowed to play whenever we visited. Maybe I was 6 years old.
A bit later, when I had started playing the guitar, he went into the big, narrow closet you often find in Swedish houses, and fetched a vintage series of books on how to play the guitar, which he passionately lent me, happy to be able to support my interest in music. Maybe I was 9 years old.
We talked about death sometimes, and it never scared me. He seemed so sure it was nothing to fear.
He loved to read me his favorite poems, and he knew that I loved to listen. He was writing poems too, and I was inspired. We sat on opposite sides of the table and wrote poems, with the mosquitos from Dalälven humming in the background - one day I got 100 bites. Maybe I was 12 years old.
Our connection was not by blood, but by heart. My music, and my heart, would not be same without you. I'm 37 years old, and life is humbling.
Thank you for everything.
May you rest in peace.
Here's a song I'd like to dedicate to you, to wish you a safe trip back to the stars.
Sarah McLachlan - "Rainbow Connection"
Tack för allt.
Vila i frid.
In Japan, Golden Week has now started, and I will do a live gig this Saturday in Tokyo at Shibuya Edge End, a small cosy club where I've played once before (2011).
I will do 2 sets of 30-40 minutes each, so don't miss this!
Shibuya Edge End
Charge: ￥1,500 /1D
There will be DJs all the time in between too!
Johan Christher Schütz (1st 19〜, 2st 20〜)
2F Nono Bldg. 1-17-12, Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo.
The White Silk Dress (Ao Lua Ha Dong) is an incredible Vietnamese movie from 2007 by Luu Huynh, which was Vietnam's official submission for the Oscar Academy Award 2008.
The movie, which is one of the most beautiful and touching I have ever seen, shows the hard life of a very very poor family in 50's and 60's Vietnam and how a simple white silk dress (ao dai) is closely linked to the fate of all of them. It starts when Gu gives it to Dan as a wedding gift with the promise of a proper marriage sometime in the future, and the young couple soon runs away from their slave-like lifes as servants to find a better life together.
The acting is touching and understated, especially Truong Ngoc Anh, as Dan, is amazing. The movie's wonderfully filmed, with rain-soaked landscapes and beautiful colors, and Duc Tri's music is also really good. 2 hours and 20 minutes may feel long for a Western audience, as Vietnamese movies often don't always follow the same dramatic structure as Western movies, but that's what I like about it. It's unpredictable, and there are always things to surprise you, and plenty of space for the viewer to breathe and reflect on the message.
Here is some kind of trailer:
I can't find this movie at Amazon, but here's a link to the movie wIth English subtitles:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AV ... mp;sr=8-12
Watch this movie!
It's amazing, and you will never forget it.
Just for a laugh, I want to share this "honest trailer" for the Les Miserables movie.
Please note that it's a joke =)
At the Broadway opening yesterday, actor Alan Cumming seems to have received 3 standing ovations for his 1-person performance of Shakespeare's MacBeth.
I want to see this production so badly... but it ends on June 30th. If you're in NEW YORK before that, you MUST go see this. You will probably never forget it.
I wish all luck to Producer Ken Davenport and all the others involved!
My gig last weekend at Ono Market @ LIFT in Waseda's university area in central Tokyo went really great. I was very inspired and the audience was lovely.
I focused mainly on bossanova arrangements this time, and it was very suitable for the atmosphere. It was also my first time to sing my new song Beautiful Place, and people seemed to like it...
There were 2 incredibly cute babies in the audience and I was surprised at how quiet and kind they seemed! Maybe they were already used to going to concerts.
Thank you Ono-san for inviting me to perform!
Check out the "trees & flowers" arrangement at the stage, it was awesome!
Here is a video of my performance of "Aurora". Please see below for full setlist.
1. What Good Are Tears (Pra Que Chorar)
2. So Happy
3. I'm Here
7. Let The Sunlight In
8. Slow Down
9. Beautiful Place
11. Falando de Amor
All photos by Takehiro Funabashi:
Check out this blog for more photos (and text in Japanese):
http://yeathth.blogspot.jp/2013/04/ono- ... 30-31.html
I took this photo on my way the soundcheck. It's a (I think) cherry tree with 2-colored blossoms:
Cuban pianist BEBO VALDES has passed away aged 94. He was one of the greatest musicians ever to come from Cuba, and I just want to wish him a safe journey.
He lived in Sweden from the 1960's, and I have several friends who have worked together with him from the 1970's and onward.
One of his best albums was the amazing collaboration with flamenco singer Diego El Cigala - LAGRIMAS NEGRAS (black tears).
Thank you Bebo for all the beautiful music. Rest in peace.
The album on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Lagrimas-Negras-B ... B0001EKZOQ
My next live gig is Saturday 3/30 in Waseda, Tokyo.
It's a 2-day event called ONO MARKET, at a place called LIFT.
Tickets on sale now:
Open 17:00, and my live performance will start at 17:30, so don't be late!
ONO MARKET @ LIFT