29 Sep, 2015

Librettist wanted for Japan-themed musical 

Posted at 13:25 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, JAPAN

My Japan-themed musical Peach has been selected for a pitching slot for next years BEAM:2016 showcase of new musical theatre writing.

So I am looking for a librettist to help me reform and rewrite the libretto and the dialogues. It's preferable with someone with insight and understanding of Japanese/East Asian culture as I'm very very eager to avoid Asian sterotypes.

Peach is a 'modern-day Cinderella' set mostly in Japan to the backdrop of the financial crisis.

I write music and lyrics. I've written loads of songs for this show, 2 hours to be exact but I understand the lyrics needs to be rewritten as we rewrite the book, and it definitely needs new songs, more natural ensemble numbers, etc, as 20 of the songs I've already written need to be cut.

However, I really believe in this musical, and so did the jury selecting it to be one of the shows to have a 10-minute pitch slot on 4 November at Park Theatre, London.

Here is a demo reel, with old lyrics:

Please get in touch with me here:

or here:

or send a message here:

*'Peach' is a working-title.

13 Apr, 2015

Hana Chiba 

Posted at 23:37 under MUSIC, JAPAN

Japanese singer Hana Chiba has passed away. My heart is bleeding.

We never got the opportunity to work together in this life, even though there were plans. Your time was too short.

This is how you'll be remembered:

And Hana-chan... I will name a star in the sky after you.


11 Dec, 2014

New single - Möten och avsked 

Posted at 22:24 under MUSIC, ART, JAPAN

My new single Möten och avsked was released last Monday, December 8.

It's my Swedish translation of Milton Nascimento's classic Encontros e Despedidas, a fantastic song. Singer Nina Ripe has previously released this translation in an acoustic version, on her debut album "Apaixonada".

The song was recorded on the day one year after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, on March 11, in a small recording studio in Shonan, a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean. The music video above shows Tokyo in the rain.


Kazuya Saka - grand piano
Show Kudo - bass
Kaoru Suzuki - drums
Me - vocals & cavaquinho

Here's the link for iTunes:

I hope you like it!

23 Sep, 2013

"Swedish saudade" in Japanese radio 

Posted at 11:37 under MUSIC, JAPAN, THOUGHTS

Thursday, 9/26, I will be the guest navigator of "World Navigation", a corner of RENDEZ-VOUS in Tokyo radio J-WAVE 81.3!

I will talk (in English) about Swedish saudade (melancholy) and play some songs of my favorite songwriters and one song from my latest album Beautiful Place.

Thank you as always to navigator Rachel Chan and producer Iwasaki-san, who invited me to try to explain Swedish mentality, and why Swedish music has such a specific sound.

It starts after 16:00PM, but RENDEZ-VOUS is broadcast live every day (Monday-Thursday) from 14:00, so make sure you listen if you're in Japan!

RENDEZ-VOUS website:

Time: September 26 (thursday) 16:00
Where: J-WAVE 81.3
What: World Navigation - Swedish Saudade

Below is a photo of me and Rachel from 2010, I think it was the first time they invited me to the program!

19 Sep, 2013

More Japanese radio - Saturday! 

Posted at 11:59 under MUSIC, JAPAN

...more radio!

On Saturday, at LOVE FM 76.1 in western Japan (Fukuoka, Nagasaki, etc), my latest album Beautiful Place will be introduced and played in their program @Music Cafe, in a corner called Natural Drivin' where they each week choose one album to play songs from and tell the listeners about.

They have introduced several of my previous albums as well, so I am very happy for their continuing interest in my music.

Thank you!!!

Time: September 21 (saturday) 12:30AM
Where: Love FM 76.1
What: @ Music Cafe - Natural Drivin'


11 Sep, 2013

Eu Vim da Bahia (English) video (live with cicadas) 

Posted at 16:04 under MUSIC, JAPAN

Here's another live video from Rinshi no Mori Park in Tokyo. This time it's my English translation of Eu Vim da Bahia by Gilberto Gil (I Came from Bahia). The cicadas seem a little bit more quiet in this one!

Filmed live in August 2013.

Enjoy! =)


01 Sep, 2013

Changes Changes video (live with cicadas) 

Posted at 12:34 under MUSIC, JAPAN

Here's a video of me performing Changes Changes live in my favorite park in Tokyo. The cicadas are overwhelmingly noisy, and made your ears ring when you left the park.

Still hope you will enjoy it =)

Filmed live in August 2013.


31 Jul, 2013

New album 

Posted at 19:08 under MUSIC, JAPAN

Finally, finally, finally....

Beautiful Place is available here:


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:

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 01:37 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。


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。

開催場所:イデーショップ 自由が丘店3F


*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 16:50 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:

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):

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