23 Mar, 2013

R.I.P. Bebo Valdes 

Posted at 16:42 under MUSIC, OTHERS

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

18 Mar, 2013

Next live gig 

Posted at 17:45 under MUSIC, JAPAN

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!

3/30 (saturday)




START 17:30



See you!

18 Mar, 2013

Live from Swedish Radio 2005 

Posted at 12:45 under MUSIC

Just found this old live recording (2005) from Swedish radio. I was invited to perform 5 songs in the SR P4 program Sommartid (Summertime). The host was Bengt Grafström, a famous Swedish radio host since many years.

It was recorded outdoors in Borgholm, Öland, and that's why you can hear seagulls in the background. I think it really creates a nice atmosphere!

(Pra Que Chorar)
Written by Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes.
English translation by me (fully authorized).

I translated this song to English for my second album BLISSA NOVA, which was released in 2007, and which contained 5 translations:

Please share!

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!

02 Feb, 2013


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.

Information (in Japanese):

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:



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 Northern Lights Festival:

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


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.



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:

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


A great start to the new year!

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