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 possibilities of the piano that led me into different paths, or the improvisation’s undiscovered places that leads me on adventure? I don’t know, but I let the music decide and I come along!

 

This year will be creative with concerts and collaborations in various configurations. I’m still writing new music in both Swedish, Danish and English for ongoing recordings. 

 

LEANDER SMITH – Scandinavian daydreams in multicolour

A brand new duo is born – read about us here:

 

The music is the bridge between Caroline Leander and Peter Smith, both artists and songwriters on each side of the Sound. They usually meet in Peter’s kitchen in Copenhagen, in the company of Hermie, a big red cat who loves to listen when the songs are made.

 

Two voices, a guitar and a piano are the starting point for their melodious pop music, where warm chords and vocal harmonies are important ingredients. They have both lived with music for many years, as solo artists and in other contexts, and have now formed the duo LEANDER SMITH, creating intimate live performances without forgetting playfulness and groove 🙂

 

With titles like Du eller aldrig, Det är bättre nu and Mind the Gap, the duo turn and twist on timeless subjects that most people can recognize. Bittersweet stories about the times we throw ourselves out without a safety net or the times we walk around with butterflies in the stomach … Watch a live clip here!

 

“When we wrote our first song together, I felt I could engage 100% of myself, without any filter or concern about the result,” says Peter. Caroline agrees and adds: “We share many references but are different at the same time, so we complement each other well and get the best out of two worlds.

 

During the winter they are working on their first album, which is recorded in Gula Studion in Malmö, with the producer and musician Jens Lindgård. Planned release in autumn 2019.

 

 

TRENNE – poetic and personal harmonic groove in Swedish

Since a couple of years I perform with a trio called TRENNE, 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! We were playing in Scania during last summer, the first week of July was quite intense with 9 gigs in 7 days:-)  Watch our studio trailer here! And for other clips check here.

 

WES – About longing on winding roads 

“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! The 9th of Dec we played at Visans vänner in Sofielund in Malmö, info here! We will play in Lunds Domkyrka January 18 at 21.00 and one week later at Songwriterfestivalen i Lund January 25 at 22.00, free entrance!

 

Ett Halvfranskt Band – Life’s and love’s possibilities and impossibilities 

With one leg in Sweden and the other one in France, is where we’re traveling with “Ett halvfranskt band” – 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. We’re in the making of an album right now, released is planned for next year. For upcoming concerts check the calendar!

 

Leander & Tegnér – A dynamic and playful conversation

In the duo Leander & Tegnér there is room for both simple singable melodies and improvisations with friction and groove. I have played together with the great guitarist Peter Tegnér for many years both in Sweden and abroad. We were invited to Cairo to give three concerts; at the Swedish Embassy, Cairo Jazz Club, and El Sawy Culture Wheel. We play instrumental pieces and songs in Swedish, English and French, with an emphasis on original songs.

 

Ann Falden Lydlandskab – Dreamy timbres meet suggestive rhythms

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!

 

CaBoom! – Fireworks of keys 

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 last January. Read the article about us here! (in Swedish)

 

Kultur i vården – Theatre and music for elder people

The last two years, I have taken 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 2018. Organizer and director is Harald Leander.

 

Penelope – A miniature odyssey 

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.

Now the piece is available wherever you are, click here!

 

Ensemble Mirò – Heeling dynamic chamber quartet

Some years ago, 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.

 

Latest solo album

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.”