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Image Live In Stockholm '77
BENGT BERGER - WINNER OF THE SWEDISH RADIO'S AWARD GOLDEN CAT

Ett Minne för Livet (A Memory for Life) was a muscian's collective in Stockholm during the seventies, part of the progressive music movement in Sweden. Iskra, Spjärnsvallet, Vargavinter, Archimedes Badkar, Bitter Funeral Beer Band and Bolon Bata were some of the bands taking part, giving concerts on their own and together. We even put out some LP:s under the "Ett Minne för Livet" label.

Bengt Berger and Kjell Westling were two of the central musicians during this time, playing in several of the groups. We did a live radio broadcast in 1977 and released it on our own label. The music we played is improvised, restless and of very high density (many notes in short time). CD of the week - "Jazz-Zeit: Neues vom Jazz", Radio Unerhört Marburg



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Image Music Is My Salvation
4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I DAGENS NYHETER

"Av konvolutet till Per Tjernbergs nya skiva framgår att han använder mängder av slagverk. Det står även att skivan är tillägnad bortgångna Kjell Westling och David Wilczewski, som i olika skeden bidrog till musiken. Ytterligare ett tiotal musiker medverkar på skivan, som också rent musikaliskt speglar många röster och stilar. Jazz ingår. Men där finns också drag av friare impro, funk, soul samt de mer kammarmusikaliska inslag som kulminerar med skivans enda cover, Stravinskys "Miniature". I pressmaterialet nämns referenser som Zappa och Hermeto Pascoal; själv kommer jag snarare att tänka på Bob Moses rikt myllrande skivor för större ensembler. Mycket innebär inte alltid mer, men här är det närmast en bärande idé."
(Dagens Nyheter)

Per Tjernbergs 12:e soloalbum, hans första på Country & Eastern, utvecklar vidare hans nya musikaliska inriktning från förra albumet Inside Information med en stor ensemble och ett mer jazzfärgat uttryck. Skivan ger den mästerliga multi-instrumentalisten Kjell Westlings unika uttryck en central position i helheten och kom att bli Kjells sista inspelning innan hans bortgång hösten 2010. På skivan finner man också nyskapande stråkarrangemang av Jonas Lindgren och en fantastisk uppsättning musiker.



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Image Live
Saxophone maestro Jonas Knutsson and keyboard genius Mats Öberg have played together since childhood and know each other inside out. On this album we have captured them in a wonderful concert in Stockholm, february 2008.



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Image Beches Indian Brew
I januari 2016 reste Bengt Bergers stora grupp Beches Brew till Indien för konserter och samarbete med några av de yppersta musikerna ur de nord- och sydindiska klassiska traditionerna. I oktober 2016 kom sång- och fiolmästarna Akkarai Sisters och två virtuosa slagverkare hit för ett återbesök, en turné då vi spelade vid Jazzfestivalerna i Stockholm och Umeå samt i Göteborgs konserthus, i Köpenhamn, Malmö och Kristianstad. Här är ett live-album från tre av konserterna. Som en extra bonus deltog slagverkslegenden Doe Kushiator från Ghana, han tillför en västafrikansk accent till musiken som grädde på moset.

A true meeting between Sweden and India took place in January 2016 when Bengt Berger’s big group Beches Brew toured India and were joined in our music by eminent Indian masters of the Karnatic as well as the Hindustani traditions. Then in October the Karnatic vocal and violin maestros Akkarai Sisters plus two virtuoso percussionists, Jayachandra Rao and Shree Sundarkumar, joined us for the Swedish leg of the project, a tour during which we did these recordings with music as golden as the print on the cover. An extra bonus was the presence of legendary Ghanaian Master Drummer Doe Kushiator.

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Image The Sangeet Project
Sebastian Åberg: Drums
Maruti Kurdekar: Tabla
Pradip Sarmokadam: Voca
lShipra Nandy:Vocal

Indian Ghazal and modern electronica in groundbreaking new combination.Says Sebastian: "Two things have been important to me during this process. First, that the origin, the raga, is handled with esteem. Secondly, that the actual musical meeting between east and west actually enhances the musical expression."



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Image For Tradition Turn To Nedunuri
"For tradition, turn to Nedunuri - that is what the elders say". Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, is with his 80+ age one of the very few remaining great vocalists from the golden period of Karnatic music. In 1968 he was at the height of his powers and we managed to capture a full evening concert that lasted nearly four hours in Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu. We are extremely proud to release the complete concert in a 3-cd set. Soundwise this is a high quality release, a unique document from nearly 50 years ago with music that will delight the lovers of Karnatic music and win new followers for this art form, perhaps the greatest we have.



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Image Beches Brew
BENGT BERGER - WINNER OF THE SWEDISH RADIO'S AWARD GOLDEN CAT

"There is vorticist movement in percussion colorist Bengt Berger's music. Like a whirling fluid mass slingshot around the world-although anchored in the broad folks forms of Swedish music-it sucks in the dancing and chanting, moaning and prancing rhythmic Hindustani and Carnatic music of India and West Africa, especially that of Ghana. And it is all here on Beches Brew, one of the most spectacular records to come out of Europe in 2009. The music is sophisticated and lurid, downright earthy and sensuous yet deeply mystical, magical and mysterious, bringing the best forms of surprise, whether a combination of voice and instruments or instruments alone.
Berger directs his ensemble from behind his battery of percussion instruments, including a conventional drum set. The unique aspect of the music is that, having suggested the form and key in which it is to be played-sometimes no key or form, but just a suggested mood-Berger allows it to unfold. Saxophonist Thomas Gustafsson and bassist/engineer Sigge Krantz have played with Berger before. Jonas Knutsson brings his mighty collection of saxophones and often plays counterpoint to Gustafsson when they play ensemble passages throughout the record. At other times Knutsson and Gustafsson take turns to soar like proverbial birds, swooping in and noodling every so often. Knutsson, with his characteristic bright and son-like intonation, flutters in bursts of hot modal excursions, while Gustafsson is more breathy, dallying sensuously with the notes. Mats Öberg plays a variety of keyboards and is a radiant soloist, while guitarist/bassist Max Schultz is a revelation, an inventive player with a sublime sense of melody. Vocalist Lindha Kallerdahl is sensational with her soaring, glacial interpretations of Tor Rasmussen's and Bjorner Torsson's poetry which she turns into beautiful lyrics. Recalling the electric edginess and ferocity of Nina Hagen, she also wails her bluesy way through tracks like "Laila" and "Dagar, Djur," the latter a modal piece based on the Hindustani raga, "Shanmukhapriya," and several other pieces of this suite. The music swirls through and revitalizes the Swedish folk tradition with pieces such as "Gurlai Kora," a simple ostinato dappled with melodic phrases. "Nada," on the other hand, incorporates rubato phrases, which are improvised over each other. "Familjen Bra" is a wild, swinging improvisation and "Jag Palperar Platons Grotta" is a short musical statement based on Bjorner Torrson's poem, with unforgettable exchanges between the musicians. The suite also pays tribute to the music of the west of Ghana, with "New Gyil" based on the scale of the unique, wooden pentatonic funeral xylophone (ko-gyil). "Gurukul" describes the reverent environment in a traditional Indian music school. Beches Brew in its entirety, is a wonderfully crafted suite. It is a world of music that ebbs and flows through the soul of Berger, memorably interpreted by his fellow journeymen."
(allaboutjazz)





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Image Evening at Pekkosgården 1988
Personligt och intensivt spel i den gamla stilen, där svänget och den egna rösten står i centrum. Här kan Ni höra mäster Päkkos Gustaf (1916-2000) spela tillsammans med sin elev och spelkamrat Ellika Frisell en helt vanlig kväll hemma på Pekkosgården i Bingsjö år 1988.



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Image The Music Of Ammasu - Brong Ahafu
A musical portrait of the Village of Ammasu in the Brong-Ahafu region of Ghana with a 28 page booklet with texts and pictures. The Ammasu Akapoma Band is the hottest funeral band in the region. On this album you will find ritual and recreational drumming, singing in sorrow and happiness, children's music, a brass band and more.



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Image Maha Taal Yaga
Pandit Sadanand Naimpalli: Maha Taal Yaag

One is awestruck at the sheer amount of literature, compositions, creations and bandishes that have enriched tabla but it would be relevant to point out that most of this knowledge is Teen Taal oriented. This is what inspired Pandit Sadanand Naimpalli, a reputed tabla player and guru, student of Pandit Taranath, to produce this compendium of different taals in solo format to popularise solo playing in a wider spectrum of taals. In this endeavour Sadanandji has displayed exemplary techniques in developing and performing solos in different taals, ranging from Roopak of seven matras to Teen Taal of sixteen matras. The repertoire includes all the important heads in the language of tabla such as peshkaars, kaidas, relas, gaths, tukdas, mohras, tihaais and chakradaars as played in various gharanas of tabla.
See what today’s most famous tabla maestros have to say about this presentation that will be a “must have” for all proponents of tabla from students to cognoscenti.
Ustad Zakir Hussein: “This epic undertaking by Sadanand Ji is a must hear recording for all tabla enthusiasts everywhere. Most tabla gurus of time gone by, in spite of being proficient in presenting solos in a number of taals, preferred to play in Teen Taal. The reason might have been that most of the repertoire written for tabla was in Teen Taal. Keeping that in mind, Sadanand Ji’s effort is doubly commendable. He obviously had to compose a bunch of compositions in these tails and that involved practice to become proficient in the presentation of and of course finding the right niklas for these compositions. I wish Sadanand Ji big success for this project an pray that he continues his work of educating tabla students as well as preserving and nurturing this fabulous tradition.”
Pandit Anindo Chatterjee: “It is an incredible feat that Sadanand Ji has performed – recording of ten different taals in solo format. Sadanand Ji has displayed exemplary techniques in developing the traditional format of tabla solo repertoire in diverse taals. This album is a must have for all young tabla players and even for professionals. Me and my family wish him long life.”
Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri: “I am very happy that Pandit Sadanand Naimpalli is releasing this tabla solo album. I have known him for a long time. He is a great performer and a great tabla teacher. His knowledge of tabla is appreciated by all tabla players and tabla gurus including myself. The tabla world will be very happy to listen to this wonderful tabla solo where he is heard playing old and rare taals and compositions. Tabla students will be benefited by listening to this album. My love and good wishes to him.”
Pandit Suresh Talwalkar: Pandit Sadanand Naimpalli deserves special mention for his efforts at performing in a variety of taals other than Teen Taal. He has been able to do this keeping the sanctity of the traditional compositions and bandishes intact in this exercise. Though mathematics plays an important part it is imperative that the creation is poetic in nature and that it falls within the ambit of the taal. This is exactly how Pandit Sadanand Ji has gone about the task. More importantly he has inspired the next generation of tabla players to be innovative, keeping tradition alive. In this I give my heartfelt best wishes for his success.”


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Image Beches Brew Big
Kvintetten från Bengt Bergers kritikerhyllade förra album Beches Brew har nu utökats till nio musiker och musiken har blivit än mer mångfasetterad och personlig.

I denna liveinspelning framstår släktskapen med Charles Mingus' sätt att göra musik tydligt i det känslofyllda kollektiva musicerandet och framhävandet av musikanternas personligheter. Och vilka musikanter: Livet Nord, Thomas Gustafsson, Jonas Knutsson, Sir Thomas Jäderlund, Mats Öberg, Göran Klinghagen, Max Schultz, Stefan Bellnäs och Bengt Berger själv. Gruppen gästas dessutom av unga sjungande stjärnskottet Jenny Gustafsson.


The quintet from Bengt Berger's much praised last album Beches Brew has grown to nine members in this live recording from two nights in Stockholm and Gothenburg, likewise the music has grown in depth, power and expression.

The mix of tradition and new modes of expression as well as the impulses from some of the great traditions of the world and the collective approach to ensembles and solo work shows a strong relationship to Charles Mingus way of making music. Some of the best and most personal musicians in Sweden are necessary for this: Violinist Livet Nord; saxophonists Thomas Gustafsson, Jonas Knutsson and Sir Thomas Jäderlund; Keyboard genius Mats Öberg; Göran Klinghagen and Max Schultz on banjos and guitars; Stefan Bellnäs, bass and Bengt Berger on drums.



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Image Night Ice
Al dente-post-rock-indie-instrumental-krautrock-neojazz-alternative-electronic-psychedelic-experimental-pop är den självklara etiketten för Elias Krantz skiva Night Ice som kom ut på Country & Eastern-etiketten den 23:e maj 2011. Trycket att få den i vinylform har varit så stort att exakt ett år senare kommer den på vinyl. Releaseparty i Domen på Moderna Muséet 22/5.

Vid sidan av hans arbete med grupperna Happiness och Mackaper har Elias Krantz andra skiva Night Ice vuxit fram under de senaste åren. Man kan hitta drag av krautrocklegendarer som Neu! och Can och modern post-rock i samma anda som Tortoise, Four Tet och Caribou men det är tydligt att Elias har ett mycket personligt och unikt musikaliskt språk och att han i och med detta album tar ett stort musikaliskt steg. Samarbeten med flera olika musiker har gjort att nya idéer utforskats och utvecklats. Resultatet är ett album där låtarna förändras för varje lyssning. Det modigt, dynamiskt egensinnigt och rättframt.

Albumet har mestadels spelats in av Elias själv men innehåller även samarbeten med bland andra trummisen Christopher Cantillo, organisten Per Nystörm (The Concretes) violinisten Jonas Lindgren (Fläskkvartetten), Sigge Krantz (Bitter Funeral Beer Band, Don Cherry) och senegalesiska koravirtuosen Solo Cissokho.

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Country & Eastern took a bold step in a new direction when we released our first album in the Al Dente post-rock-indie-instrumental-krautrock-neojazz-alternative-electronic-psychedelic-experimental-pop genre, Night Ice by Elias Krantz on may 23, 2011. The pressure for a release on vinyl has been massive so, exactly one year later we release the LP. The release party will be held in the Bucky Dome at the Muséum of Modern Art in Stokholm on may 22.

Elias recorded most of the album himself but has cooperated with drummer Christopher Cantillo, organist Per Nystörm (The Concretes) violinist Jonas Lindgren (Fläskkvartetten), Sigge Krantz (Bitter Funeral Beer Band, Don Cherry) and the senegalese kora virtuoso Solo Cissokho.




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Image Live in Stockholm 1969
Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Pandit Taranath: Live in Stockholm 1969

Detta är en liveupptagning med den nordindiska Dhrupad-musikens största namn Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar på sitt första Stockholmsbesök 1969 ackompanjerad av Pandit Taranath Rama Rao i den kanske enda inspelningen där han spelar Pakhawaj.

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Image See You In A Minute/Memories Of Don
In the spring of 2005 the Berger Knutsson Spering trio sat down to go thru old tapes from Don Cherry concerts. We picked a handfull of favourites and the musicians to play them with: Christer Bothen, Per Tjernberg and Sigge Krantz who all worked with Don, plus a few of our other favourites: Thomas Gustafsson, Mats Öberg and Lars Almqvist. Neneh and Eagle-Eye were our guests on some of the pieces. We recorded in june, mixed in september and now we proudly release the result, See You In A Minute, on the 10th death anniversary of Don Cherry, october 19 at a release party at Bacci in Stockholm, Sweden. The album consists of See You In A Minute, a suite to and from Don Cherry. Plus eight of the finest songs he used to play. Neneh and Eagle-Eye is singing on three of them.



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