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Christmas with my Friends - The Jubilee Collection (5 CD) - Landgren, Nils


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Christmas With My Friends are:
Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Sharon Dyall / vocals
Jonas Knutsson / saxophones
Jeanette Köhn / vocals
Eva Kruse / bass
Jessica Pilnäs / vocals
Ida Sand / vocals & piano
Johan Norberg / guitars & kantele


Dear friends,

10 years of Christmas With My Friends lie behind us. Wow! But, how did it all begin?
Well, here is the story behind Christmas With My Friends:
I have been listening to music all year around since I was a toddler in the small country town of Degerfors in Sweden. My whole family was into
music and there were always someone who practised an instrument or played a record in the house. Great fun. At an early age I realized that
around Christmas, the whole musical climate changed drastically. Everything went on overload. “More is more” seemed to be the key. I liked it
up to the age of 14 but then I had enough of our annual Pat Boone sessions. Jingle Bells and Santa Claus everywhere.
I was still a music student when I at the age of 19 took the chance to become a professional musician and ever since at Christmas time, I asked
myself the same question: ‘Is there an antidote to all this?’ Very slowly and almost subconsciously I started to develop ideas for a different kind
of concept for Christmas music, free from arranged overload, jingle bells and big string sections. Many years later I felt ready to face my record
label chef Siggi Loch with the idea of making a Christmas album my way. Christmas With My Friends, reflecting my own idea of what Christmas
could be like, through the filters of my musical friends and myself. Siggi embraced the idea and after having made the choice of music and
musicians, we decided on recording a live concert both audio and video, in the beautiful medieval church of Odensala north of Stockholm. The
rest is as they say, history…
We went on tour with the first version of the band in 2006, with only one change: Bassist Eva Kruse replaced Lars Danielsson on the tour that
also featured singer Viktoria Tolstoy and guitarist Ulf Wakenius. On the recording, I had the idea of incorporating a trombone choir and my old
friend and fellow trombonist Walter Brolund helped me out in the best of ways. On tour, I hired trombone choirs all over Germany, sometimes
new every day. Hard work for me to rehearse, but a lot of fun as well.
On that first tour, we performed in Mannheim in the “Alte Feuerwache” on December 12. On that particular day we celebrate Lucia, the queen
of light all over Sweden. Big thing. We had decided to play the concert in traditional Lucia costumes, with Viktoria as Lucia for the first time in
her life, with a candle crown on her head and the rest of the girls as her maids with me, Johan, Jonas and Ulf Wakenius as stable boys. All in
white. The girls with glitter in their hair and candles in their hands, the boys with funny hats just like at home. Very Swedish indeed. We thought
it would be a great success but almost no one in the audience understood what was going on. They all stayed very quiet after we had marched
through the whole room singing Sankta Lucia, so we got out of the dresses, lights and hats as fast as we could and continued in our normal
concert clothes. It could have all stopped right after that introduction but luckily it did not, the performance was a success and now we can look
back on ten years of Christmas With My friends.
I think that none of us believed that Christmas With My Friends would turn out to be such a success and maybe that‘s why - just doing what we
wanted to do. Spreading joy through music, our way. Reflective, contemplative but not without humor and groove and always on the highest
musical level. Since the first concert in Odensala we have performed hundreds of concerts, moving audiences all over Germany and Sweden.
From the second album on, the band has been consisting of the same eight members and it is really a bliss to work with so much talent combined
with great friendship: Vocalists Jeanette Köhn, Sharon Dyall, Jessica Pilnäs and Ida Sand, who is also playing piano, my musical duo partner
since the mid eighties Johan Norberg on the guitar, Jonas Knutsson on saxes, above mentioned Eva Kruse on bass and myself. Why change a
winning team?
A big part of our success is of course Siggi Loch and our record company ACT in Munich who believed in me and the idea in the first place and
our agency Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion in Hamburg, where Ina Lieckfeldt has been working our tour schedules with great results.
At the end of the day, the audience decides if they want to join in or not and it seems like the decision is in our favor. Without all my Christmas
friends, none of this would have been possible. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart and soul for ten wonderful years.
Merry Christmas!

Love,
Nils Landgren
Fakta
Artikelnummer ACT7005
Streckkod 0614427700520
Utgivningsdatum 2016-11-15
Kategori Julmusik
Skivbolag ACT
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 5
Utövare
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