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

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!


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:



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!

5/4 (saturday)
Shibuya Edge End

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

There will be DJs all the time in between too!

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

2F Nono Bldg. 1-17-12, Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo.

See you!

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

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