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Hemligheter på vägen

Karin Johansson

Label: Havtorn Records
Released: 2022
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April och tystnad; Som att du sovit länge; Hemligheter på vägen; .Vinterns formler; Blind fear; Trädet och skyn; Minnena ser mig; Från mars -79;.Just a second from now

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https://karinjohanssonord.bandcamp.com/ Swedish pianist Karin Johansson has set music to some of Tomas Tranströmer’s poems for her band ORD. Vocals, horns, and bass converse freely around the piano. Some parts are free improvisations, often with a prepared piano. ORD was formed a few years ago, and Hemligheter på vägen is the band’s first album. There is a text of Tranströmer’s from the short memoir Memories Look at Me that has inspired Karin particularly for this album: ”I carry inside myself my earlier faces, as a tree contains its rings. The sum of them is me. The mirror sees only my latest face, while I know all my previous ones.” I look at the photo of the album cover. It pictures a girl in a doorway. She looks straight into the camera. It is an image of Karin Johansson when ten years old. We carry all our different ages and memories with us, they walk next to us each day, but there are gaps between moments of recognition. Karin Johansson and her four fellow musicians are listening in with a finely tuned presence. They help us on the receiving end to stop, see, and simply listen. And I can’t help wondering what the poet and pianist Tranströmer would have been thinking or feeling if he had been able to sit in on their conversation. Aside from Tranströmer, Karin Johansson has set music to two of her own texts as well as one text by Jenny Willén. Hemligheter på vägen is released on CD and digitally on World Poetry Day, 21 March 2022, and will be released on vinyl later during 2022. World Poetry Day is founded by the UN organisation UNESCO to support the freedom of speech and the human right to write and create. Karin Johansson – piano, prepared piano, composition and arrangements; Jenny Willén – vocals, voice; Niclas Rydh – trombone; Gunnel Samuelsson – bass clarinet, tenor saxophone; Hasse Westling – double bass. Karin Johansson may also be heard in the duo with Lisen Rylander Löve; in Quagmire with Nina de Heney and Henrik Wartel; in the duo with Finn Loxbo; Jonny Wartel 4; and in many other collaborations. /Press release: Jenny Svenberg Bunnel, illustrator and artist.


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