Gothenburg-based pianist and songwriter Daniel Stahre will release the instrumental album ‘Margin Call’ on Tuesday 20/5 on the Norwegian record company AMP Music & Records. Instrumental music in the borderland between film music, jazz and pop.
Stahre is a classically trained pianist, raised in Linköping, Sweden. He has been active in Stockholm for the last 10 years, writing and playing music in various constellations. Alongside Stahre on piano and composition, we find drummer Erik Bodin (Little Dragon), bassist Viktor Turegård (Franska Trion) and guitarist William Wingbro.
The music is lyrical, fine-tuned and melodious and can be described as being in the borderland between film music, jazz and pop. The songs are based on strong themes with a clear rhythm or melody. But they are also deliberately quite simple and hopefully easy to listen to. Perhaps, the strive for musical simplicity is also reaction to Stahre’s legacy of classical music.
The title “Margin Call” is a term used in the financial industry when one has exceeded their credit margin and needs to cover or close their positions. It hints that we as humans, create notions of our reality that can be difficult to shake. In society, we do something similar when we over-borrow with a climate debt and large private loans.
The inspiration behind the album comes partly from the intersecting reality between family life and from major societal issues concerning climate change, macroeconomics and the Covid pandemic (this was before the Ukraine war). Also, partly a result of thinking and processing about these issues during the lukewarmness of family life.
The album is recorded and produced by the recurring Åke Linton, famous for producing many albums of Esbjörn Svensson Trio.
Active in: Gothenburg
Background: Classically trained pianist raised in Linköping, then active in Stockholm for 10 years writing and playing music in various pop bands. Went more and more towards self-written instrumental music.
Previous music: Has previously released the debut album Notes in 2014 on the record company Strangers Candy under the name Daniel Westin Quartet which was met with good reviews in the Swedish daily press and played frequently on Danish jazz radio.
Genre: Instrumental Music / Jazz
———————————————————————————————— About the debut album Notes (Daniel Westin Quartet), 2014 The music on the debut album release Notes was to some extent a result of my reflections on urban life and the process of it. The album was recorded at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden by Åke Linton (Esbjorn Svensson Trio).
"I consider him one of the best producers for instrumental music, of all time.