05 Jun, 2013

Happy anniversary Bar Music! 


Posted at 20:53 under MUSIC, JAPAN


My favorite Tokyo bar, BAR MUSIC, run by DJ Tomoaki Nakamura, celebrates their 3rd anniversary now in June.

I was asked to choose a song, and I wrote a short commemoration text which was put on the blog yesterday.

Click here to read:
http://barmusic-coffee.blogspot.jp/2013 ... johan.html


The song I chose was "From Gagarin's Point of View", with Swedish jazz trio E.S.T. (Esbjörn Svensson Trio). Here is a live version of the song, which I really love. This is one of my favorite bands, especially live.

Unfortunately, Esbjörn died a couple of years ago in an accident, but his memory and his music will live forever.

Enjoy this stellar music:






Bar Music website:
http://barmusic-coffee.blogspot.jp


Don't forget to read the text:
http://barmusic-coffee.blogspot.jp/2013 ... johan.html





23 May, 2013

Setlist from 5/4 


Posted at 13:39 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 15:31 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 13:11 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 17:34 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 03:32 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!





23 Mar, 2013

R.I.P. Bebo Valdes 


Posted at 15:42 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 16:45 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 11:45 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!





06 Mar, 2013

Photos and setlist 


Posted at 13:57 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!









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