It was a very nice autumn with lots of travel and fun concerts! Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall released their new album, and we played a lot in Sweden, Norway and Japan. In Japan, we were a part of the project Sweden All Stars and as always it was a fantastic experience in every way. I have also had time to play with Ralsgård & Tullberg quartet, the St. Olav show as well as some other temporary projects and solo gigs.
Now comes an exciting spring, first of all, AER step in as guests at a CD recording. Later this spring we will tour in Denmark, Germany and Sweden, of course. In Sweden we will tour for the Smålands Musik och teater, 8 concerts in the Jönköping area. I also look forward to some more gigs with Ralsgård & Tullberg quartet in May. Besides this, there is a lot else going on, both as a soloist and in groups, so keep your eyes and ears open!
Now we’re up and running again after a lovely summer with lots of fun concerts, meetings , travel and fine experiences.
Some of autumn’s highlights will be:
-We participate in Folkelarm in Oslo, 24-26 Sept .
-We are recording a new album, release concert in Sundsvall on Wednesday, November 4 at Tonhallen.
-We go on release tour in Sweden, 8 concerts so far, more to come.
-We collaborate with Ulrika Boden with friends and Göran Månsson band in the project ” Sweden All Stars “. We will rehearse and then tour in Norrland this autumn, 6 concerts, and thereafter tour in Japan in December. More info about Sweden All Stars, as our dear Japanese friends decided to call the project.
Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall have done 15 concerts in Scenkonst Sörmland.
AER will play at the Shetland Folk Festival.
AER is nominated for the second year in a row for “Best Group” at the Folk & World Music Awards, this year 14th of March in the Berwald Hall, Stockholm.
Niklas appears in Tyska kyrkan in Stockholm on the European Day of Early Music March 21, broadcasting throughout Europe by the EBU.
Niklas plays with Ralsgård Tullberg quartet on Acoustic in Tobo, first concert together on four, more coming.
Have a look at “Härnösand” by Malin Hülphers!
Malin is Composer in Residence at Scenkonstbolaget Musik and creates music inspired by Västernorrland.
Malin Hülphers www.malinhulphers.se
In the video:
People from Härnösand, Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall, Norrdans, Musicians from Nordiska Kammarorkestern
Recording, Mix, Mastering:
Henrik Heinrich/Nevo Studios
With support from:
Scenkonstbolaget and Statens Musikverk
Soon it’s summer again!
Here comes the gigs for the summer; but stay tuned, more will come…
Hope to see you!
24 maj Gillestugan, Karlstad
25 maj Rackstadmuseet, Arvika
6 juni Norra logen, Ransäter
14 juni Jämtstämman, Östersund
4-6 juli TFF Rudolstadt, Tyskland
9-10 juli Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, Finland
12 juli Hembygdsgården, Norrbo
28 juli Boda Gammelgård
30 aug Spelmansstämma på Skansen, Stockholm
The Crows’ Bones album is now released, you can order it from iTunes or the record company Reveal.
And don’t miss the beautiful music video, “I saw the dead”, from the album, recorded and produced aby BaylisGray.
The Nightingale, the group’s second album, is nominated for the Manifest Prize in the category Folk. Manifestgalan is February 7 at Nalen in Stockholm.
Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall is also nominated for Group of the Year at the Folk and World Music Awards 2014, Folk- och Världsmusikgalan .
Gala held at the Norrland Opera Feb. 21 and broadcast live in P2.
This spring Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall are also involved in two exciting recording projects;
“Härnosand” composed by Malin Hülphers, Composer in Residence in Västernorrland / Scenkonstbolaget, will be recorded along with the Nordic Chamber Ensemble.
The second project is as yet a secret but will be revealed later this spring.
Both projects will also be documented on film.
Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall tour spring 2014
11 of Jan Valshuset, Växjö
13 of Febr V-Dala Nation, Uppsala
17 of March skolkonsert, Sticksjö
18 of March Sveateatern, Sundsvall
19 of March SVAR-huset, Ramsele
20 of March Metropol, Härnösand
21 of March skolkonsert, Örnsköldsvik
21 of March Thuleteatern, Örnsköldsvik
22 of March Gamla Tingshuset, Östersund
24 of April Hjortnäs bystuga, Leksand
10 of May Kerstins Udde, Trehörningsjö
24 of May Gränslös Folkmusik, Karlstad
It’s time for a new Crows’ Bones tour. The band will rehearse in Leeds for some
days and then give six performances in the UK. It will also be possible to buy the CD,
official release in April 2014.
Have a look at the homepage and the tour plan.
Listen to “I saw the dead”
During the fall, Niklas was asked by the Eric Sahlström Institute to arrange some of Eric Sahlströms compositions. Five of the songs have been arranged for children’s group, from almost beginners to those who played a little longer. The idea is that the arrangements to be used in teaching eg music schools around the country.
Niklas has also organized three songs for ESI All Time Band, a big band consisting of former and current students at ESI.
The premiere of the events took place on Oktoberstämman in Uppsala on October 26.