Swedish guitarist Daniel Ögren continues to offer sonic tributes to the landscapes of Sweden. In his past releases Laponia (Hoob, 2011) and Laponia II (Havtorn, 2013)Ögren, known as a guitarist in singer-songwriter and organist Anna von Hauswolff's band, focused on the scenery of northern Sweden. Brev till Kristinehamn (letter to Kristinehamm} is dedicated to his home town, a railroad and road center situated by the shores of lake Vänern and exactly 250 km away from Stockholm, Gothenburg and Oslo.
This intimate and heartfelt tribute is articulated over nine miniature songs. Ögren plays on all the instruments and released this album only on cassette or as a free download from the Havtorn Records website. He portrays Kristinehamm as a crossroads of musical influences. His emotional sonic meditations on his home town encompasses innocent and sentimental soundtracks of other, faraway worlds, industrial sounds of assorted means of transportation, portrayals of the wild nature and references of synth-pop anthems of the eighties. All form a series of vivid sonic postcards, rich with colorful nuances, describing long gone formative experiences but still cherished ones.
Simple, innocent and beautiful.
Track Listing: Längtar tillbak; Brobergs; Utsikt från balkongen; Sockenvägen i rätt
riktning; Vid tunnelbanan; Stureplan; Bandhagen och början; Söderbysjön;
Personnel: Daniel Ögren: guitar, hand drum, synthesizer, clavioline, castanets,
tambourine, hand claps.
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.