croneholm, day 3

In todays session we focused on playing. The first and the second day was very intense with sincere discussions concering aesttetic attitudes in music and improvisation. A few themes appears to have become central to us as a group:

  • Awareness in and through the music
  • Dismantling personal and stylistic expectations
  • Political awareness in and through the music

These themes played an important role today and it seems as if we are already able to incorporate them in our approach towards the music we played. In particular, it was interesting to see how, when we picked up a tune by Maggi, one that we as a trio, without Josefine, worked with and played last year, we handled the situation. Maggi was not keen on playing the song. It is a tune very particular to her style and precisely because of that she felt locked in by the structure she herself had created. Josefine, Peter and I, however, insisted that we should try it, that we should attempt to break down the structure so problematic to Maggi, without loosing the strong aesthetic identity of the song. In the end it wasn’t even very difficult, not to me anyways, and we were able to create a much more convincing version than what we did last year.

croneholm, day 1

The first session with Josefine Cronholm was incredibly productive and inspiring. Her skill and strong expression made a great impression on Maggi, Peter and I and the discussions were honest and meaningful right from the start.

Without going into detail right now it is worth thinking about what makes a meeting such as ours meaningful. Of course, we all know each other since long so, even though we haven’t played together before in this constellation we share some common ground. Equally obvious is that we are covering similar aesthetic grounds, we appreciate similar kinds of music and similar modes of expression. (The same, however, could have been said about our sessions with Katt but that music was very different from the one we were playing today.) Finally we work well socially, we enjouyed talking and playing together.

Still, there is something else in addition to this. There are other factors that have a play in the immediate success of our encounter. As a summary of our discussions today I think they reflected this ‘other’, non-tangible quality. My personal impression is that it has to do with a sensibility towards the other, but probably even more, a sensibility towards the music and the musical other.

We really only played one tune, a new piece by me (A Cradle Song), a free improvisation on the same piece and another free improvisation.

malmö, may 21, 19.30

Our project with Josefine Cronholm will end with an informal concert at Inter Arts Center on Thursday May 21 at 19.30. The concert will feature some music composed for this occasion as well as lots of improvisation.

IAC is located on Bergsgatan 29 in the centre of Malmö. The concert is held on the 4th floor and it can sometimes be tricky to get in but check back on this page for instructions closer to the event. The concert is free of charge.

More information on the IAC webpage.