26 May, 2013

Photos 


Posted at 13:23 under ART, OTHERS






Last week we took some promotion photos for my new album. This one was taken by Tadatomo Oshima at IDEE Records, the record label that will release the album.

What do you think?


Photo from Oshima-san's instagram page:
http://instagram.com/p/ZpPkfIxz3-/

http://instagram.com/oshima_tadatomo/


IDEE RECORDS
http://www.inpartmaint.com/shop/tag/idee-records/





24 May, 2013

Love is not a crime 


Posted at 04:50 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY




http://www.change.org/petitions/assista ... lationship

Please sign this petition.

Kaitlyn Hunt is prosecuted in Florida for having a 3-years-younger girlfriend. I'm not the only one who suspects that this would not happen if one of them were male.

Kaitlyn's girlfriend's parents are against their same-sex relationship, and thus went to the police. Now, she faces years in prison - or - two years in house arrest, if she chooses.

Please sign this petition to drop the charges now.
Stop this madness. Love is not a crime.

Here's the link again:

http://www.change.org/petitions/assista ... lationship





23 May, 2013

Setlist from 5/4 


Posted at 14:39 under MUSIC, SETLISTS, JAPAN


A bit late, but here it is, the setlist for my gig on May 4th at Shibuya Edge End.

1. Aurora
2. There's Only You
3. I Came from Bahia* (Gilberto Gil/"Eu vim da Bahia")
4. Changes Changes
5. Jabuticaba
6. Beautiful Place

7. Falando de Amor (Tom Jobim)
8. Reach the Top
9. Baby Just Relax
10. Out of Nowhere
11. I'm Here
12. Slow Down

Encore:
13. Passion


At my gigs when I run out of performance time, I usually take away one song here and there, and therefore - as usual - the above setlist MAY contain an error or two.

* In the middle of the first verse of my translation of Gilberto Gil's EU VIM DA BAHIA (I came from Bahia), I messed up the chords and had to start all over. That is a very rare thing, so I was almost a bit happy to be able to show the audience this, and share the fact that we all make mistakes.

It's one of the most difficult songs I know, not because it's technically difficult, but because the chord pattern NEVER REPEATS through the song, except for the last two lines of the chorus. Until that point, the melody and chords just keep changing and developing all the time. So if you're lost, you're lost, and there's no way to get back right.

Here's my recording from 2007 if you want to listen:
http://jcschutz.bandcamp.com/track/i-ca ... m-da-bahia





18 May, 2013

Website up! 


Posted at 16:31 under MUSIC, ART, OTHERS


The new website is now On Air!

http://www.jcschutz.com


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!

=)





17 May, 2013

Preview my new website! 


Posted at 14:11 under MUSIC, ART


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:

http://www.johanchristherschutz.net/preview/test/

=)





10 May, 2013

R.I.P. Grandpa Calle 


Posted at 18:34 under MUSIC, OTHERS, THOUGHTS


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 Dallven 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"




Du, grabben!
Tack fr allt.
Vila i frid.





29 Apr, 2013

Golden Week Live Gig! 


Posted at 04:32 under MUSIC, JAPAN


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!


Peacebird
5/4 (saturday)
Shibuya Edge End
Tokyo


Open: 17:00
Close: 21:00
Charge: ¥1,500 /1D

There will be DJs all the time in between too!

Live:
Nunoya (18〜)
Johan Christher Schtz (1st 19〜, 2st 20〜)

Map:
http://www.edgeend.com/access.html
2F Nono Bldg. 1-17-12, Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo.


See you!





28 Apr, 2013

The White Silk Dress 


Posted at 04:37 under ART, MOVIES, OTHERS




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.youtube.com/watch?v=S3twvSiZWxo


Soundtrack:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AV ... mp;sr=8-12


Watch this movie!

It's amazing, and you will never forget it.





22 Apr, 2013

Les Miserabablebles 


Posted at 05:12 under MUSICAL, MOVIES, OTHERS


Just for a laugh, I want to share this "honest trailer" for the Les Miserables movie.

Please note that it's a joke =)








22 Apr, 2013

MacBeth on Broadway 


Posted at 04:37 under ART, THEATRE


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.

http://www.macbethonbroadway.com

I wish all luck to Producer Ken Davenport and all the others involved!








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