Great memories from Tehran and Show of Hands in August.
Thanks for dropping by, I hope you are well in this strange time we are experiencing! My teaching take place from home via video and all performances are of course cancelled.
There are at least some good news: I’ve completed music for a new album that was recorded in the end of February, just before the Corona paralyzed the world. The session was like a flow and everything was completed in 1,5 days. I am so blessed to be joined by the great musicians and people Johannes Lundberg, Helge Andreas Norbakken and Joona Toivanen. Global release for NORTH in September 2020.
Starting up the new decade with composing music for a new dance performance by Embla Dance & Theatre. Premiere in April.
I am also writing and arranging new music for the Hvila string quartet which I will be performing at the Gothenburg Concert House on February 15.
Nettavisen, Tor Hammerø
”Hagberg har ei unik stemme i og på instrumentene sine og han kombinerer inspirasjon fra Østen med det skandinaviske på et herlig vis… Anders Hagberg har noe helt eget på hjertet.”
Ivan Rod.dk ”Svenske Anders Hagberg er en usædvanlig karakter, i hvert fald som kunstner. Han , er åbenlyst interesseret i et bygge bro over til andre og kunstarter, åbenlyst optaget af lydens skulpturer og figurer og åbenlyst exceptionelt god til at betvinge sine blæseinstrumenter og fremtvinge narrative forløb…”
Opulens, 5 of 5 stars. A rich desolation “Anders Hagberg creates a unique world of sound, filled with beautiful, lyrical melodies and suggestive rhythms…Music that knows no boundaries, independent of time and space…it moves from quiet wonder to expressive, explosive exuberance. With a singular color and fragrance. Inventive and playful throughout…Anders Hagberg has truly made music for the entire world.”
Kulturbloggen, TOP rate. Tranquil, radical timbres “intense and enormously virtuosic…majestic, magnificent weight…breathtakingly beautiful, a quiet reflection on the cosmos…magical…”
Lira Musikmagazin. Painterly woodwinds “Anders Hagberg suffuses his performance with a captivating intimacy and strong sense of presence…infinitely creative…well worth going along for the ride.”
Kulturdelen, 4 of 5 stars “…a simply superb flautist who coaxes from his instruments every scintilla of their register, often with highly suggestive results.”
Upsala Nya Tidning (5 of 5 stars) “Uppsala’s native son, Anders Hagberg, has repeatedly demonstrated his creative breadth as a musician. If any doubters remain, let them listen to his new album, Trust, where he uses a whole bevy of flutes, including a contrabass flute, plus soprano sax and percussion to create suggestive timbres and exciting rhythms.
Dagens Nyheter. Flute music by Anders Hagberg comes alive in silence “It is silence that brings Anders Hagberg’s music to life: a pervasive silence, both in the literal absence of sound and in the emptiness of the acoustic room…he gives us barren landscapes, though not necessarily unpopulated ones; his compositions evoke environments and cultures and the entire difficult symbiosis between the two that has shaped many a singular aesthetic.”
Salt Peanuts Instead of heavy meds, give this record a try…Hagberg is a wizard at handling all the different flutes. He’s written some great songs for them, too.
Orkesterjournalen, OJ ”Organic! New landscapes to be discovered … a stream you just want to float in … suggestive jazz.”
Valonkuvi.fi “The most striking feature of the album is the rarely heard contrabass flute, whose percussive sound…creates a rhythmic basis for several songs… “Trust”, however, does not only work on the exotic contrabass flute… Strong tracks are among others the oriental “Taksim for Peace”, the beautiful duet of C flute and percussion “Matusi Expressions”, and the Garbarek inspired “Violet” and “Requiem for Gaia” with the melancholic vibration of the soprano saxophone.”
Looking forward to some great festivals the upcoming months.
TODAY TRUST IS AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS AND AS CD. Why don´t you enjoy it on Spotify I am so happy that my new album, TRUST will be released in September. First single with the title song will be launched on August 15. Spotifyor iTunes Here´s a teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHPzCi5D6f4
NEW ALBUM RELEASE, MARCH 16.Duo with organ player Johannes Landgren. Available as a CD and on all digital platforms!
January 25 – 26 I was hosting contemporary flute master ROBERT DICK who visited the Academy of Music and Drama. On 26th I was part of an open seminar on extended techniques with him and Anna Lindahl. PARSE on EXTENDED TECHNIQUES
The title song TRUST was made in dialogue with paintings by Lousie Bourgeois and dance by Anna Wennerbeck (Embladance). All sounds (except for some additional percussion) has been created with wind instruments such as Contrabass Flute, bassflutes and soprano saxophone. Photos: Sanne Storm, Per Buhre, Anna Berglund, Sascha Kajic, Anders Hagberg. Kristian Berglund. Sound: Åke Linton Mastering: Johannes Lundberg Anders Hagberg: Contrabass flute, Bass flute, piano, electronics Lisbeth Diers: Percussion, cymbals
April Tour: April 12, 2018 I will start a tour in Sweden which will include 5 concerts with three different collaborations that are connecting musical worlds. From Visby in the East, Malmö and Helsingborg in the South, Göteborg in the West and Sigtuna in the middle of Sweden, I will have the privilege to play with some fantastic musicians. Suranjana Ghosh, Svante Henryson, Karin Nakagawa, Ahmad al Khatib, Nabil Kassis, Lisbeth Diers and Johannes Lundberg. Calendar
Anders Hagberg & Johannes Landgren Our second album is here! We have chosen music with foundational, archetypal melodies: Swedish folk chorales, Gregorian chant and simple ballads. Our collaboration is characterized by exploratory encounters: between traditions, genres, approaches to improvisation, and instrumental timbres In particular, the tension between silence and sound became a central feature of this project. Music breathes—in space.naxosdirect.se
Great Spring tour with Melodic Melange. Here´s a photo right before the show at Nefertiti in Gothenburg.
Capri, Villa San Michele.
After an intense 2017 I´m happy to look back on wonderful performances! I feel grateful and blessed to play with the fantastic musicians that have been part of the projects.
Connecting Worlds has, since autumn 2016 presented over 30 artists from 16 countries!!!
Interviewin Gbg Fria Tidning about Connecting Worlds
This fall Connecting Worlds are doing two projects which I am so looking forward to!
15 concerts from south to north of Sweden.
During the Planeta festival NOVEMBER 1-5, I will launch a new collaboration: JAPAN-INDIA-SWEDEN with the two amazing artists Japanese Karin Nakagawa (25 string koto) and Indian Suranjana Ghosh (tabla).
Had a nice performance with Svante Henryson and Suranjana Ghosh in Stockholm last Saturday August 19.
Suranjana and I will in november team up with amazing koto player Karin Nakagawa in one of two CONNECTING WORLDS projects this fall. The other is an extended tour with Melodic Melange which I am really looking forward to!
I have been spending the winter recording new music, teaching and writing about my artistic research project. (Capri, Italy)
I am now looking forward to the upcoming new serie of CONNECTING WORLDS with premiere April 19 at Nordic Watercoulour Museum, Tjörn, and an extended tour with MELODIC MELANGE. Check Calendarfor updates!
Later this year Connecting Worlds will be collaborating with Kultur i Väst with two tours, Melodic Melange (October) and a new combination with the amazing artists Karin Nakagawa (koto) and Suranjana Ghosh (tabla)(November)
NEW VIDEOS FROM VARA CONCERT HOUSE, October 4 2016.
NAMASTE STOCKHOLM – with Indian dancer ASTAD DEBOO.
New collaboration with folk flautist Göran Månsson!!
I am so glad and proud to announce a new series of concerts at Frölunda Kulturhus in Gothenburg, CONNECTING WORLDS. Amazing artists from Sweden, Palestine, Syria, Kurdistan, Iran and India will meet in three different and unique concerts.
Starting this year with composing new music in connection to my writing about modal improvisation; musical reflections from my encounters with Middle Eastern and Indian artists. More concerts and projects when we approach the summer.