Improvised paintings for voice and piano

 

Caroline Leander – Swedish pianist, singer and composer

 

The piano is my oldest friend who was later joined by the voice and words. Colours, form and improvisation has always had a central importance for me, since the keys have their own colour, just like the days of the week. I hear colours, it’s called synesthesia and it takes part of how the music is born. Maybe it’s all the piano’s possibilities that led me into different ways, or the improvisation’s undiscovered places that brings me on adventures? I don’t know, but I let the music decide and I come along!

 

This year goes in motley characters, with concerts and collaborations in various configurations. I’m still writing new music in both Swedish and English, for recordings later on. Watch my live video with the song Fragile Spring!

 

With one leg in Sweden and the other one in France, is where “Ett halvfranskt band” is moving – a duo I have with my brother Harald Leander, actor and musician. Our concerts are like a musical dialogue about life’s and love’s possibilities and impossibilities, where we perform French chansons, Swedish and American favourites and some own material as well. Next concert is on September 21st, check the calendar!

 

 

“Världen får vänta” is the title of an EP with the artist and songwriter WES, where I participate on some tracks. Listen and read more about WES here!

 

A new partnership also known as TRENNE has emerged recently with Petra Kvist violin, guitar, vocals and Staffan Wester bass, guitar, vocals. We mix and share our own material from the three of us. All in Swedish, about that thing you know… life!  Next concert will be at Goodnight Sun in Lomma Friday August 11 at 20.00. For more info and other upcoming concerts, please check the calendar!

 

The percussion instrument hang is the main focus in the project Ann Falden – Lydlandskab, which is a constellation with two Danish musicians led by percussionist, singer and composer Ann Falden. Besides my piano we hear cellist Soma Allpass. The music is evocative and meditative, where acoustic sounds are mixed with electronic, as well as loops and improvisations into a very personal soundscape. Listen and read about it here!  Check out some clips from our live concert here!

 

After the smoke and noise from New Years Eve’s fireworks were gone, it was time for a concert by the duo CaBoom! – A firework of keys, together with percussion Bo Håkanson. I play on the black and white ones and Bo on the wood and metal ones :-) We played at Malmo Live in late January. Read the article about us here! (in Swedish)

 

Last autumn, I took part of a cultural project for elder people in Scania, together with actors Anette Lindbäck and Peter Fridh. We were visiting each place three times, where we were focusing on a specific theme illustrated by words, music, pictures and objects, in order to make the audience participate as much as possible. The project will continue in autumn 2017. Organizer and director is Harald Leander.

 

Wonderful Surreal is the last album with the band Cosmic Wash Over  - A ride in both the Earth’s deep interior and freer orbits :

For those of you who want to float away for a while, here is a sample of a song from the album. Felicia Konrad’s lyrics and melody fragments formed the basis for what I then composed, and that took us out on a kind of cinematic maritime voyage …

Sea of Motion preferably with headphones!
and here is a more groovy track:
Hypnagoga

 

Go listen to my piece Penelope,  a music installation at the Cultural Quarter in Kristianstad. Via an app and smartphone, every visitor gets a unique experience, as the music changes while walking a miniature odyssey around the neighborhood.

At the premiere I gave a live concert with percussionist Bo Håkanson with our duo CaBoom! – Fireworks of keys.

 

In late 2014 the Ensemble Mirò was reunited - an instrumental quartet with playful and atmospheric compositions… A part from myself on the piano; Bo Karlsson violin, Catharina Backman accordion and Peter Wilgotsson bass clarinet and alto sax. We gave an appreciated concert at Hässleholms Culture House in connection with the opening of Nils Trydings collection of Juan Miró’s original posters.

Hopefully the Ensemble Mirò will meet up soon again, until then scroll down for a check in discography/listen menu.

 

The same year, I played at Ystads Jazz Festival, with my band Colours in Motion, (Anders Lorentzi bass, Bo Håkanson dr / perc and new member Magnus Lindeberg on guitar).

In early June, I was invited to Cairo to give three concerts along with guitarist Peter Tegnér; at the Swedish Embassy, Cairo Jazz Club, and El Sawy Culture Wheel. We played material in Swedish, English and French, with an emphasis on original songs.

 

My latest solo album “Melting into happiness” has been well received by the press and was nominated to the Golden Record in the review OJ.

Check out some reviews here!

The compositions have  a multi-faceted and deeper setting thanks to her creative musicians Anders Lorentzi bass, Bo Håkanson drums / percussion and Peter Tegnér guitar, who shape and recreate the music in a fantastic way! Also the guests Vindla String Quartet, harmonica player Filip Jers, Jens and Petter Lindgård (trombone and trumpet) from Timbuktu’s backing band Damn! add extra colour to the production.

The recordings are made in Gula Studion in Malmoe, in creative collaboration with David Carlsson, who with his playful instinct has picked out the best in her music.

 

Photographer Peggy Eklöf  has made two videos, watch them here:

Trust

Melting into happiness

 

 

Colour, form and improvisation are the cornerstones when Caroline creates her music. Her lyrics and melodies seem carved as one piece. The piano is her oldest friend who has accompanied her performances since the 80’s where ever you can imagine;  from festivals around Europe to a tiny cheese shop in north west Scania.

 

Her earlier album Under my Heart got many positive reviews and Caroline also received a scholarship from SKAP (Swedish Composers of Popular Music) on the ground:

 

“Our ensemble makes music that strolls in a land inhabited by

dreamy Californian singer-songwriters, French entertainers

and wonderful Scanian nymphs with pockets filled with jazz.

With gentle, floating tones and subtle Scandinavian

texts, her music lifts us, carries us away and brings us home again.”