29 Aug, 2013

Reviews 


Posted at 23:43 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE


We've got some rave reviews of Tivolisaga, here are a few sentences, and links to the full reviews (in Swedish).

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NT, Norrköpings Tidningar:

"The fairytale of fairytales for our time"

"Filled with striking one-liners"

"Conveys faith, hope and love across the boundaries of our time"

"Musical director J.C. Schütz performs miracles with the songs"

Full review (Swedish):
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=528350467236150&set=a.528350423902821.1073741831.287142581356941&type=1&theater

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Kultursidan.nu:

"The young lovers are performed by Linnea Källström and Olle Petersson. Both have a great stage presence and impress with their voices."

"In the choreography of Elin Hultberg, the dancing statues is a refreshing ingredient. The dance remind more of modern ballet than pure show dance."

"The music is melodic and easy to like. Johan Christher Schütz plays with recurring themes and the solo singers bring out their emotions in fine ballads. The music also includes tango rhythms, a minuet and carousel music.

"The story gets blackness and depth when the carousel caretaker Tempest (Philip Kristiansson) tells of his life in the song I'm Not Getting Anywhere, a song holding an entire life and it grasps your gut. The siamese twins Paulina and Johanna (Anna Carlsson and Clara Karlin) offer a show number in the best vaudeville style.

Full review (auto-translateable):
http://www.kultursidan.nu/?p=11938

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Folkbladet (from the dress rehearsal):

"The vocal numbers are strong, especially the ensemble"

"(There are) several convincing voices on the stage"

Full review (auto-translateable):
http://www.folkbladet.se/kultur/default ... id=6485952






26 Aug, 2013

Opening night! 


Posted at 21:30 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, ART


We've finally had the opening night of Tivolisaga!

The cast did an amazing job, regarding the fact that quite a few of them didn't have any stage experience at all, and after all we've had very few rehearsals.

However, these last 2 months have made this into one of the best summers of my life. I'm hooked, and am already thinking of my next musical... and I've been so stunned by the dancers that I've even started thinking of writing a ballet!

Here are some photos I took during last weekend's three performances.

Tivolisaga (Carnival Tale)
Directed by Johan Pettersson
Musical direction by Johan Christher Schütz
Choreography by Elin Hultberg


The whole ensemble (in no specific order): Olle Petersson, Linnéa Källström, Tim Petterson, Kimberly Spirito, Elin Gårdfalk, Anna Carlsson, Clara Karlin, Johan Wåhlin, Eva Moberg, Johan Ivarson, Lisa Forsman, Linn Joge Erinder, Valeria Valdes, Lotta Bäck, Philip Kristiansson, Michael Björkman, Frippe Pettersson, Rebecca Asp, Mons Gregemark, Klara Lundberg, Julia Andersson, Matilda Janzén.


Judy (Linnéa Källström) and Punch (Olle Petersson): My world is light years from yours.


The siamese twins Paulina and Johanna (Anna Carlsson and Clara Karlin) in their show number. Judy's first contact with a different world.






Judy meets Tempest (Philip Kristiansson), the man pulling the carousel.


Valentin (Johan Ivarson), the suitor from Verona, full of himself while Punch performs a coin trick at Judy in the opening scene.


Punch suddenly ends up among dancing statues in the magic garden of Sensimillia (Elin Gårdfalk).
Statues: Julia Andersson, Rebecca Asp, Anna Carlsson, Linn Joge Erinder, Matilda Janzén, Clara Karlin, Kimberly Spirito.


Beautiful choreography by Elin Hultberg.


Members of the "carnival family": Marilyn (Kimberly Spirito), Punch's childhood flame, Antilles (Tim Petterson), Punch's friend, and the siamese twins.


The other gentleman from Verona, Protevs (Johan Wåhlin) pulls his sword to protect Judy's honour.


Judy and Punch.


All photos copyright J.C. Schütz. All rights reserved.


Johan and I joined the cast for a final photo, before having a last supper together in the restaurant. Many of us shed a tear when we realized we may not meet again. I cried already during the last performance, because I was so moved by the passion and energy of the wonderful cast.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful summer!!!

Website
http://www.carnivaltale.com





31 Jul, 2013

New album 


Posted at 20:08 under MUSIC, JAPAN


Finally, finally, finally....

Beautiful Place is available here:

Downloads:
iTunes
Bandcamp

CD:
HMV Japan
Tower Records Japan


There was an outstanding review in DACAPO Web Magazine, the website of one of Japan's leading magazines, DACAPO.
Unfortunately in Japanese - as google translation is awful... But give it a try if you have some imagination:
http://webdacapo.magazineworld.jp/culture/music/116302/

The headline and the first sentence include words like "Summer's best" and "Career masterpiece..."

... the rest is up to google translation, or your Japanese skills!





22 Jul, 2013

Live at IDEE 


Posted at 02:37 under MUSIC, JAPAN


5th Album Beautiful place 発売!

2013年7月28日、人気インテリアブランドIDEEがヒューマンタッチ溢れる上質な作品を厳選して紹介するIDEE Recordsよりリリースされます!

オリジナル11曲に加え名曲Over the Rainbowのカヴァーも収録。ネオアコースティックの甘酸っぱい輝きにボサノヴァやソウル、フォーク、ジャズのエッセンスを感じさせる珠玉の曲の数々。 キャリア最高傑作と評判の高い一枚です。

視聴はこちらから
http://inpartmaint.com/#/post-5037


また、IDEE SHOP自由が丘ではアルバム発売記念のスペシャルライブを行います。夏の夕暮れ、アコースティックギターの柔らかな響きと優しい歌声を楽しみに是非いらして下さい。

開催日:7月28日(日)
開催時間:18:00~(17:45開場)
開催場所:イデーショップ 自由が丘店3F
定員:30名
入場料:2,000円(税込)
ご予約:03-5701-7555

http://www.idee.co.jp/shop/news/201307/johan-live.html


*ライブ詳細につきましては、イデーショップ 自由が丘店までお問い合わせください。

またイデーショップでは"SCANDINAVIAN SUMMER北欧アンティークのある暮らし"として初春のスウェーデン・スコーネ地方で買い付けた、アンティーク家具や雑貨が入荷します。お気に入りの一点との出会いを是非お楽しみ下さい。




26 Jun, 2013

5th album release 


Posted at 17:50 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, JAPAN




After a year of waiting, plan-changing and song-adding, my 5th album Beautiful Place will finally be released on July 28th by Japanese record label IDEE Records!

Initially there were only 8 songs, but 30 minutes playing-time was too short, so I needed to produce 4 more songs. The total playing-time is now about 49 minutes, and the material is now in the mastering studio to be mastered by engineer Hiroshi Shiota at Tokyo Recording Co., who also mastered my Peacebird album from 2011.

I will also visit Japan for a bunch of gigs, but the release is in the middle of our Musical production in Norrköping, Sweden, and I guess this is my busiest year ever!

But the musical is progressing well. We have found actors/singers/dancers for most of the main characters, and now just need a few more ensemble singers and dancers.

You can Like our musical on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/tivolisaga

And here is our Swedish blog, where we are writing along the way ("We" are me, Johan Pettersson (whom I wrote the musical with), and our production team):
http://tivolisaga.blogg.se





21 Jun, 2013

New blog 


Posted at 01:00 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE


This week me and Johan Pettersson have started the production of our musical TIVOLISAGA (Carnival Tale), together with the seven members of the production team.

Bookmark our production blog:
http://tivolisaga.blogg.se

We'll be blogging in Swedish, but auto-translators work pretty well.
You will be able to follow our work from now until the premiere in August.







14 Jun, 2013

Musical premiere 


Posted at 10:24 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE


In 1997-98 I was the member of an experimental pop/rock band called Punch & Judy Show. I started the band with Johan Pettersson, a friend from high school.

We looked like this on our first demo cassette tape:



In the photo:
Me (guitar/piano/vocals)*
Johan Pettersson (bass/vocals)
Jimmy Welleby (violin/guitar/vocals)
Andreas Sjökvist (drums)

*My eye is the one with a John Lennon frame.


Johan and I, who had written most of the songs together, decided a few years later to make a musical of the songs, and we did write a libretto inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, and inserted the songs in the dialogue, but for different reasons we never quite finished it.

Until now!

We have now rewritten parts of the script and updated the song lyrics. Johan will be the director of this production, and I will be the musical supervisor, so probably none of us will be on the stage. At least not as singers.


Tivolisaga
(Carnival Tale)

a new musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet

by Johan Pettersson and J.C. Schütz


Premiere performances: AUGUST 24 and 25
at the Arbis Theatre, Norrköping (Sweden)

Total performance time: appr. 1 hour 30 minutes (plus interval)
Details and ticket information coming soon.



The stage (obviously without our stage design so far). The theatre opened in 1865.


We will try to start a production blog, where we'll post photos and daily news from our work. I'll keep you informed.


Note:
The original Romeo & Juliet play had its Swedish (and Scandinavian) premiere in Norrköping too, in 1776!





05 Jun, 2013

Happy anniversary Bar Music! 


Posted at 21:53 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





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






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