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!







10 Apr, 2013

Video and setlist from Ono Market 


Posted at 18:02 under SETLISTS, JAPAN


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.



Setlist:

1. What Good Are Tears (Pra Que Chorar)
2. So Happy
3. I'm Here
4. Aurora
5. Passion
6. Balans
7. Let The Sunlight In
8. Slow Down
9. Beautiful Place
10. Jabuticaba
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:








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:
http://ono-market.jimdo.com/ライブ予約/

Open 17:00, and my live performance will start at 17:30, so don't be late!


Peacebird
3/30 (saturday)

ONO MARKET @ LIFT

TOKYO(Waseda)


LIVE:
ヨハン・クリスター・シュッツ
kentarow

START 17:30
http://ono-market.jimdo.com/live-info/

ご予約はこちら:
http://ono-market.jimdo.com/ライブ予約/

LIFT 
東京都新宿区早稲田鶴巻町547大森ビル1F.B1F
http://www.lift-net.jp

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!

WHAT GOOD ARE TEARS
(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:
http://jcschutz.bandcamp.com/album/blissa-nova

Please share!





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.






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