07 Jun, 2017

From a beach in France 


Posted at 15:11 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, ART



Spending a week in France to rest and get ready for my next big project. This photo was taken at Île d'Oleron on the Atlantic coast during last weekend.

So, what's this new project?

Well, I am very happy to announce that I have been authorised to finish writing a musical based on a Swedish book published in 2013, which has already been translated into several other languages as well as being made into a play.

The writer said she loved my first four songs and I was given the green light to complete the musical. It will be a concept musical, which does not have a typical linear narrative, and I hope to share more details in a near future.

And to be honest, it's not really new to me. I started trying to write songs over a year ago, and it's just taken this long to get to know the characters well enough to be able to write in their different voices.

I have a really good feeling about this, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. First things first. Back to the synopsis and breaking down of the scenes. The music will come by itself.

x




02 Feb, 2017

Love This World 


Posted at 22:34 under MUSIC, ART, THOUGHTS, JAPAN

"We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world."

Love This World is my 12th single. Let me tell you a bit about it, and why I begin this post with a quote (freely translated) from the Dhammapada.

As you may know, it's not a new song. I wrote it when I was living in Tokyo, for my fifth album Beautiful Place, which was released in 2013. I usually described it as a ”mantra for a more peaceful world”. Simple phrases which are repeated to manifest peace around us, because I firmly believe that we create the world with our thoughts. Currently, fear is overwhelmingly predominant in peoples' minds, and that creates a lot of tension in the physical world; War, hate, narrowmindedness, selfishness. That is not the world I want to live in, and that's why I wrote this song, to help people move peace and love into their own lives, minute by minute, day by day.

This new version of the song was recorded in 432hz, which is said to be the vibration of the Universe. Everything in the world vibrates in different frequencies. You can easily see this when you watch an atom in a microscope. When you zoom in close enough all you can see is vibrating matter. That's the world. Everything vibrates. Usually, music is recorded and tuned in 440hz which is a higher and apparently more tense vibration than 432. So I decided to give it a go.

Then, something amazing happened. I'd been crazily busy and hadn't sung a single note for weeks, so my voice was untrained and definitely not fit for recording. But I plugged in the microphone and recorded one take, just to have as a reference while recording the other instruments.

And for the First – Time – Ever when recording vocals, my voice was on pitch and I sang the song straight through without any problems. I never considered myself a good singer, and have always struggled with pitch. Until now.

That first take is the vocals used in the final version, which is now released on all online platforms, such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play. I simply couldn't improve that first, spontaneous take. I still remember when I recorded it, I was almost moved to tears because the experience was so effortless.

Listen to a sample here below, or get it from one of the websites above.



Love,
JC x







16 Jan, 2017

France 


Posted at 15:13 under MUSIC, ART, OTHERS

I have officially a new favourite country.

I spent the past week in the South West of France where I except for spending quality time with a friend, also worked on the production of a new album with new songs.

Having an unreserved dinner at a restaurant in a small village two hours from Bordeaux and asking if a vegan option would be possible and the French chef comes out within one minute offering us an improvised 3-course meal from what he's got in the fridge - in perfect English - turned out to be one of my most unforgettable eating experiences ever.

Or driving through the endless vineyards of Congac to the soundtrack of Django Reinhardt. Or feeling the smell of the Atlantic Ocean on the top of Dune du Pilat. Or strolling through medieval streets in the pale winter sunlight. I can't choose a favourite moment. I've met incredibly friendly people, seen marvellous places, been invited to people's homes, and this week really feels more like a month. The wine. The champagne.

And Bordeaux, what a beautiful city! I will be back. Probably sooner than later.

Here are some photos:




























A late discovery, but...
I love you, France.

Merci.





31 Dec, 2015

The series of unreleased songs 


Posted at 15:17 under MUSIC, ART, OTHERS


Posting the series of unreleased songs on facebook has been a wonderful trip down memory lane. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. It has been a true pleasure to share my musical past with you. Having written 500 songs feels very special, and as you can hear in these examples it's in all kinds of different genres.

Here's the list of all songs, with direct links and the year of recording.


1994
The Best I Can Do




1995
I'll Be There To Show My Care
(Peaceflowers)




1997
Poor Black Mattie
(Blues Bash)




1997
Disastrous Woman




1997
Marilyn
(Punch & Judy Show)




1998
Winter Moments




1999
Private Aphrodite




1999
If Only For A While




2000
Leaving You
(Schütz/Welleby)




2001
Best Transmission Wins




2002
Cherry in the Shade




2003
Think of Me



Here is the video page on facebook:
www.facebook.com/jcschutz/videos


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!






10 Oct, 2015

New single coming soon! 


Posted at 20:40 under MUSIC, ART


A completely new, acoustic version of my song I'm Here will be released soon!

Follow me on facebook to keep updated:
https://www.facebook.com/jcschutz








11 Dec, 2014

New single - Möten och avsked 


Posted at 23:24 under MUSIC, ART, JAPAN


My new single Möten och avsked was released last Monday, December 8.

It's my Swedish translation of Milton Nascimento's classic Encontros e Despedidas, a fantastic song. Singer Nina Ripe has previously released this translation in an acoustic version, on her debut album "Apaixonada".





The song was recorded on the day one year after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, on March 11, in a small recording studio in Shonan, a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean. The music video above shows Tokyo in the rain.

Musicians:

Kazuya Saka - grand piano
Show Kudo - bass
Kaoru Suzuki - drums
Me - vocals & cavaquinho


Here's the link for iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/album/moten-och-avsked-encontros/id948670130


I hope you like it!





30 Nov, 2014

Art exhibition setlist 


Posted at 00:43 under MUSIC, ART, SETLISTS


Today I did a live performance at the opening of a Christmas exhibition at the newly opened GALLERI MOT STRÖMMEN in Norrköping.

I focused on the Swedish songs from my C'est La Vie album, and threw in a Jobim song (Luiza) for good measure.

I did the gig completely unplugged, without microphone or speakers, and the acoustics in the gallery were awesome (as was the audience!).

Setlist:

1. Balans
2. Skuggor
3. Jabuticaba
4. Luiza (T. Jobim)
5. Changes Changes
6. Det gör ingenting
7. Beautiful Place
8. Passion


The exhibition is open until January 15, so be sure you don't miss it. There are some fantastic paintings and sculptures there!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Galleri-MOT-STRÖMMEN/...





10 Nov, 2014

New website! 


Posted at 16:31 under MUSIC, ART


My new website is now up!

For the first time since 2007 when I started a blog separate from the site, the blog is now incorporated in the actual website, with the menus and colors exactly the same.

The new design is also responsive, so will look OK even in phones and on tablet screens. Let me know if something is not working for you, you can send me a message at the contact link in the menu.


And - there's a surprise haiku waiting for everyone entering a mistyped URL or clicking a dead link ;)

Click here to find out:
www.jcschutz.com/404page.php


Peace!




20 May, 2014

New single Out Today! 


Posted at 01:18 under MUSIC, ART, MOVIES




My new single is released today!

I GUESS IT'S OK (VAI FICAR TUDO BEM) is a duet with Vanessa Pinheiro (Brazil), performed in English and Portuguese!

If you are subscribing to my newsletter, you may already have heard this duet before, although in a completely different version...

The music video features footage from the 1914 movie Cinderella, with the stunning Mary Pickford doing a touching performance in the lead role. And now, 100 years later, she ended up in my music video... Her acting brings tears to my eyes.





And here's the link for iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/album/i-guess-its-ok-vai-ficar-tudo/id880023270

Hope you like it!





27 Mar, 2014

Graffiti + Skandiateatern = RENT 


Posted at 12:40 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, ART


This is what the facade of Skandiateatern in Norrköping now looks like, for our production of RENT.


Welcome to Alphabet City, New York. Photo: Hampus Fredriksson.


The graffiti artists have painted the inside of the theater as well, and we have rebuilt the stage to resemble a NY crossing with buildings. We have made RENT more realistic, so our version is grittier and even more touching than the original.

The opening night is sold out. For other performing nights, please book your tickets now:
https://www.facebook.com/events/473525802769750

I am a very very proud Music Director.

This will be an evening you will NEVER FORGET.





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