14 Mar, 2013

On so-called "foreigners" 


Posted at 04:50 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


Being a 'long-nose' is not easy anywhere, my friend Mikael Wiehe wrote to me last year regarding being a foreigner. It doesn't matter which country you go. As long as you look different or have a strange-sounding name the police, the customs officers, etc, etc, etc, will treat you with suspicion.

In Sweden, the not-so-intelligent Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask supports the police's harassment of foreign-looking people (in their search for "paperless immigrants"), and yesterday, Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri wrote an open letter to her in DN, Sweden's biggest daily newspaper.

Within one day (!) it was DN's most shared article on the web ever.

Please read this. It may open your eyes to the situation of foreigners in your own country, wherever you live. Because it's the same everywhere. It's not just about the police. It's rooted in our collective consciousness, the "foreigner", the "stranger", the "weirdo", the "strange name", the "big nose", etc.

The letter google-translated into English
http://translate.google.com/translate?s ... mp;act=url


Original Swedish text:
http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/basta-beatrice-ask


It's FANTASTIC.

And unfortunately very very true.



Jonas Hassen Khemiri and Beatrice Ask.





06 Mar, 2013

Photos and setlist 


Posted at 14:57 under MUSIC, JAPAN, SETLISTS


I just received some great photos from Masahiro Toyoshima from my gig last weekend at Tokyu Hands Cafe, HINT 7, in Shibuya.

My gig was part of the TOKYO NORTHERN LIGHTS FESTIVAL, which officially starts on Saturday (Feb 9). Check out their website here: http://www.tnlf.jp

They called it "Mini-live". I performed for 1 hour without break. Is that really MINI?



This reminds me of old photos of New York, with tall buildings in the background.









With Toyoshima-san and Mihara-san. Thank you for coming!


All photos by Masahiro Toyoshima (facebook page).

My setlist was semi-improvised towards the end, because I had to play longer than I had planned, so I threw in some extra songs and I don't remember exactly which ones.

Setlist (approximate) February 3:

1. I'm Here
2. Balans
3. What A Wonderful World (Thiele-Weiss)
4. Vem Vet (Lisa Ekdahl)
5. Difficult
6. Changes Changes
7. Det gör ingenting
8. Slow Down
9. Peace Is The Way
10. Passion
11. Triste (Jobim)
12. Luiza (Jobim)
13. This Is Forever
14. There's Only You


Here's a photo from the street level entrance:




Thanks to HINT 7, TOKYO NORTHERN LIGHTS FESTIVAL, AQUAVIT JAPAN, and all of you who dropped by to listen. It was free entry and people seemed to be sitting and standing all over the place, as there weren't enough chairs and tables for everyone.

Hope to see you all again soon!








21 Feb, 2013

John Pilger 


Posted at 15:28 under THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


JOHN PILGER is an amazing Australian journalist, and his documentaries are wonderful proof of his passion to show a truth that we many times are not supposed to know about, a truth which our governments don't want us to know.

With the internet, people all over the world have more access to information than ever before in history, and the fact that many of John's documentaries are available on youtube is wonderful news for all of us who long to hear the truth.


Read more about him here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pilger

or on his website;
http://www.johnpilger.com


Here are two of his documentaries (in English, no subtitles).

Please watch them. The awakened awareness may change your life. At the very least, it will open your eyes.


The New Rulers of the World -
Showing the secrets behind globalization, and the growing gap between rich and poor.





War by other means -
Showing how the lifestyle of us in the rich countries is actually paid for by the poor countries.








17 Feb, 2013

Spring blossom 


Posted at 15:36 under ART, JAPAN


Today I found pink and white blossoms on trees in a park in central Tokyo, and it surprised me that seeing them made me so happy! Must be because of the cold winter...

It's too early to be cherry, so I thought they were both plum trees, just in different colors. However, the flowers are also totally different:


Is this Peach?



This must be Plum.

Then, I HAVE TO include this photo too, of an old house that's falling apart. When I first passed, I thought it was deserted like many old houses are in the middle of Tokyo, but when I went back in the evening, there was actually a light in one of the windows.


Wabi-sabi?





02 Feb, 2013

Tomorrow! 


Posted at 15:28 under MUSIC, JAPAN




Just finished the soundcheck at Shibuya Tokyu Hands Cafe HINT 7.
The sound will be GREAT tomorrow!

Start: 17:00, free entry.
WELCOME!!!


Information (in Japanese):
http://www.tnlf.jp/cafe_culture01.html

Map, etc:
http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/handscafe/ ... index.html





30 Jan, 2013

Tower Records book 


Posted at 04:17 under MUSIC, ART, JAPAN




My album Passion was recently included in a new book from TOWER RECORDS JAPAN, introducing albums suitable for picnics and weekend trips, on the theme Jazz for Women:

「タワレコ女子ジャズ部」のおでかけが楽しくなる音楽案内

http://tower.jp/item/3162231/「タワレコ女子ジャズ部」のおでかけが楽しくなる音楽案内

Here's the picnic page with Passion on the right:



The album cover was also included on the index page, so I'm really happy and thankful!


And here is a photo I took earlier at Tower Records Shibuya here in Tokyo, with my friend ROMAN ANDRN's albums just next to mine. It's taken after they rebuilt the whole shop, so I'm happy they still chose to keep all my albums on the shelves, as they aren't keeping most albums in the store any more.




Tower Records, Arigatou Gozaimasu!





25 Jan, 2013

Live at Tokyu Hands Cafe Shibuya! 


Posted at 13:33 under MUSIC, ART, MOVIES, JAPAN




My next live performance will be at Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, Tokyo, at Hands Cafe, HINT 7!

This is part of the Tokyo Northern Lights Festival, presenting movies, music, art and culture from Scandinavia and the countries around the Baltic Sea.

Date: 3 February (sunday)
Time: 17:00
Free entry

Place: Hands Cafe HINT 7
Tokyu Hands Shibuya, 7F
TOKYO

Tokyo Northern Lights Festival:
http://www.tnlf.jp/cafe_culture01.html

Shibuya Hands Cafe:
http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/handscafe/ ... index.html


Welcome!





22 Jan, 2013

Think Of Me music video 


Posted at 13:42 under MUSIC, MOVIES, OTHERS


Just found the music video for my song Think Of Me, from 2003!

I wrote the song especially for the short-film Marcus & Medelhavet by my friend Johan Pettersson, and the song & music video were also made in 2003. Maybe, it was the first song I wrote for my debut album Passion, released in 2004.

I say maybe, because it's 10 years ago, and I don't remember...

Filmed on location in Norrkping, Sweden.





http://jcschutz.bandcamp.com/album/passion

Enjoy!





20 Jan, 2013

Nina Ripe nominated for Best Jazz Album 2012! 


Posted at 16:10 under MUSIC, OTHERS




I was just informed that NINA RIPE's first album Apaixonada - Brazilian Stories, for which I was giving artistic direction, is nominated for Best Jazz Album 2012 by OJ, Sweden's biggest jazz magazine!

If you live in Sweden, you can vote online:
http://www.orkesterjournalen.com/index. ... ;formId=18


I also wrote 3 of the song lyrics:

Picture in Black and White (Retrato em Branco e Preto)
A.C. Jobim/Chico Buarque de Holanda. English lyrics: J.C. Schtz.

Mten och Avsked (Encontros e Despedidas)
M. Nascimento/F. Brant. Swedish lyrics: J.C. Schtz.

Return (A Volta)
R. Menescal/R. Boscoli. English lyrics: J.C. Schtz.


Here's the album on iTunes;
http://itunes.apple.com/album/apaixonad ... d542465903

And Nina's website:
http://www.ninaripe.com





11 Jan, 2013

Fukuoka LOVE FM 


Posted at 08:05 under MUSIC, JAPAN




My first album "Passion" from 2004 will be introduced in Fukuoka LOVE FM tomorrow, January 12! I think it's some kind of follow-up to my recent Christmas single. Every week they introduce an album by playing several songs and talking about the artist.

Date: 1/12
Time: 11-15
Fukuoka LOVE FM 76.1

Website:
http://www.cafetribe.com/music/index.html

A great start to the new year!






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