ANDERS HAGBERG
– Flautist, saxophonist,
composer and pedagogue

Melodic Melange

A Melodic Melange of Nordic Jazz and Arabic Maqam.

”Magical Melange” (Times of India)

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The collaboration between Anders and Palestinian oud virtuoso Ahmad al Khatib has resulted in the album Melodic Melange and tours in Scandinavia/Estonia They have also made several tours in India with artists from Bombay and Bangalore with whom they have made the album Ley Lines.

In the band Melodic Melange Anders has gathered some of his favourite musicians in a breathless meeting between Scandinavian jazz and Arabic maqam.

Anders Hagberg – flutes, soprano sax
Ahmad al Khatib – oud
Johannes Lundberg – double bass, voice
Lisbeth Diers/Youssef Hbeisch – percussion

 

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The project Connecting Worlds is 2016 launching a new series of concerts at Frölunda Culture House in Gothenburg. Anders is hosting artists from the Middle East, India and Sweden in three unique settings. Enjoy videos from Vara Concert House this fall.

In 2014  Connecting Worlds created new music for the four musicians and a string ensemble.

Of Air

ANDERS HAGBERG and JOHANNES LANDGREN
flutes/soprano sax & church organ/piano

”Celestial inspiring music.” all about jazz

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Hagberg & Landgren explore and develop improvisations taking their point of departure in Gregorian chant, chorales, contemporary music and their own original compositions. An encounter between two improvisation traditions. Anders and Johannes also play together with choirs. Their CD OF AIR   has received great reviews:

“These two musicians … create an organic, almost physical sensuality.”/Lira

“You just feel very grateful…unbroken passion.” /Hallandsposten

”Hagberg and Landgren offer some stunning moments.” /Greenman Review

 

 





Solo

SOLO
”An enchanting musician who unites the improvised freedom of jazz with an archaic quality.” UNT

 

 

”A fantastic interpretation of waves, winds and the singing of whales.” GT

 

The Contrabass Flute is one of many amazing colors in a site specific performance that has been given at openings, art exhibitions, concerts, dance performances and caves.

Beautiful, dramatic and rhythmic playful improvisations and soundscapes are created in close interplay with the acoustics of the space.

At the Nordic Watercolor Museum Anders created the performance, RED with dancer Anna Wennerbeck inspired by art of Louise Bourgeois and the opening for Bill Viola Video art Waters.

AH: Contrabass Flute, C-, Matusi- & overtone fl, sopranosax, mouth harp, perc. fx

DUO collaborations:  Lisbeth Diers (perc), Embla Dance , Suranjana Ghosh, tabla (see also Of AirWinduoAhmad,)

 

 

 

Quartet

ANDERS HAGBERG QUARTET – STORIES OF NOW

“…exquisite world jazz, both rhythmically rich and mellifluous…” Lira

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”… Hagberg plays, constantly inventive and with a highly vocal quality to his musicianship.”    GP

” The groups´ improvisational quality was finely balanced with a sense of direction and destination; one was carried along a world journey.”               Washington D.P.

“…The world…grow both larger and smaller when we listen to Stories of now.”  OJ

A unique synthesis, where the freedom of jazz blends with melodies and rhythms of the world. Melodic lyricism, dynamic improvisations and enchanting soundscapes!

With the starting point in Jazz, the quartet creates a wide spectrum of sounds with unusual instrumentations and influences from Nordic and Oriental music. The musicians have played with artists such as Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Bob Mintzer, Billy Cobham, John Tchicai, Marilyn Mazur e.g.

Anders Hagberg – flutes, bass flutes, soprano sax
Johannes Lundberg – double bass, vocals
Joona Toivanen – piano, prepared piano
Göran Kroon – drums, percussion

DANCE, FILM, ART

Anders has been commissioned to compose music for a number of films, dance performances and exhibitions of visual arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DANCE, SELECTED WORKS

Anders most recent collaboration with dance is that with legendary Indian dancer and choreographer ASTAD DEBOO. Watch a performance from Stockholm in May 2016.

In connection with Embla dance he has been composing music for several performances for children that have been touring extensively all over the Nordic region as well as the acknowledged site specific performance Traces of Rock Carvings.
As an artist in residence with choreographer Anna Wennerbeck at the Nordic Water Colour Museum he created RED inspired by gouaches of Louise Bourgeois.

 

FILM, SELECTED WORK
His work with documentary films with Agaton Film include Stone carvers about Nordic pre-history and War against Disease about the work of photographer Lennart Nilsson.

 

ART, SELECTED WORK
Anders´work with visual arts include openings concerts for exhibitions with video artist Bill Viola, painter/sculpturer Louise Bourgeois and a number of other artists.

 

TEACHING

TEACHING
Anders works as a Senior Lecturer in Improvisation for flute, saxophone and ensemble at The Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburgh University. He has been doing Workshops and Master Classes all over Scandinavia as well as in America and Asia.

As a pedagogue he is offering seminars, courses and masterclasses in Jazz, Improvisation and World Music.

Spring 2014 the new course Wind World will be held at the Academy of Music & Drama and autumn -14,  Free Flutes

Since 2007 he has been teaching at the Summer course Blekinge Jazz & World.

Anders has initiated the festival nu;flute that was held for the first time in January 2009 in Gothenburg.

WINDUO

WINDUO
”Human communication, crossing musical borders…astoundingly expressive”. / JazzLife, Tokyo

Anders Hagberg and japanese bass player Yasuhito Mori started playing duo together in 1985. Since then they have gone through many phases, developing the rare touch that only somes from a long musical friendship.

Both musicians work in other groups but keep returning to this duo, where the traditional roles of solo and comp are replaced by an open script for two voices in free flight. On the repertoire you will find Japanese lullabies and Swedish folkmelodies, but also bluesy rhytmic grooves and viruoso unison parts in a close dynamic interplay.

Winduo has made 5 CDs and toured both Europe and Japan. They have also performed with others, including Japanese pianist Wong Wing Tsan, a number of Swedish and Indian percussionists, modern dance ensembles and with the Ginestera string quartet.

 

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EARTHSONGS

EARTHSONGS
”Boundary crossing music at its very  best…modest beauty, magical sounds…breaths love, veneration and respect for the roots.”

Earthsongs was formed by Anders Hagberg from a will of expressing his nordic roots, using the melodies from joiks and herding calls as a starting point for improvisations. Together with experiences of Indian and Japanese music, Earthsongs has explored soundworlds where jazz, world and ambient meet.

The CDs EARTHSONGS and THE HERD were both nominated for swedish grammy award and the group has featured some of the finest nordic traditional vocalists including Sami Inga Juuso and Faroese Eivor Palsdottir. Earthsongs has been featured at the openings of several festivals and exhibitions where Stockholm Millenium Celebration and ”Eldnatt” at Urkult Festival is worth noting. In 2004 they recorded music for STENRISTARNA, a TV-documentary. The CD and DVD was released in 2005.

 

”Earthsongs amused me deeply and wholehearted. Beautiful lines, interesting harmonies and rhytmical variety were  forming the base of their success.” Dziennik Polski.

 

 

In 2010 a unique collaboration was made with balafon player Moussa Hema from Burkina Faso The project was called Eartsongs Afrique.

AH – woodwinds
Stefan Blomquist – keyboards
Ola Bothzén/Micke Nilsson – percussion.
Moussa Hema – balafon, ngoni, vocals