New pieces

One new piece is called “Marias lovsång” and is based on Mary’s rejoicing words (in the Gospel of Luke) after learning that she would be the mother of Jesus. It was completed last year and some friends and I have tried it out, and hopefully we will perform it publicly eventually. It is a four-part mixed choir piece.

The other new piece is called “Probably Alright Now” and is written for three trumpets (in B-flat) and four trombones (three tenors, one bass). Roughly seven minutes, in three parts.

1. Sick and Gone
2. Must. Change. Soon.
3. Would be Nice

This piece also is derived from my drama the Fire-apple. This piece reflects the frustration of the secure haven being swept away, and the temptation of letting an unknown become that new safe haven.

We never know for sure, if that new haven actually will be secure or not, do we?

This piece will be performed later this year by Dan Barrett and others (Maine Trombone Collective and trumpet players from the University of Maine). The premiere will take place on October 24th, Women Composer’s Concert at the University of Maine.

Recording from the Spontaneous recital

Here are some recordings of the songs Dan Barrett and I performed at the Spontaneous recital on November 28th in Maine.

I arrived there Friday evening, on Saturday we tried out a couple of songs, I rearranged two that had been for violin and soprano for bass trombone and soprano. Very fun! I just wonder why I haven’t heard of lots more people writing for this combo. They sound great together, I think. Then we performed them Monday afternoon.

Älskade Dotter

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Vetenskap

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Improvization Soprano/Trombone Duo

Dan Barrett and I took the chance to do some improvization when I visited Maine. Here are a few clips from our session.

It was a lot of fun.

Improv clip #1: Experimentation, warm up

Improv clip #2: Vågorna och måsarna

Improv clip #3: Här får du ett kort

Premiere at UMaine

It was electrifying to be present, first at the dress rehearsal, and then at the premiere performance of my trombone quartet “I will take care of you”.

Being present means so much. I can see just how challenging something is for the players, and also if anything is confusing. There were some last minute changes after the dress rehearsal, which I was pleased to make.

The music is now in the process of being published by Svensk Musik.

Here is the recording from the premiere.

1. I will take care of you

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2. Everything! (The recording of this movement is from December 22nd)

3. If only I were filled with Happiness

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4. Let us leave all

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Thanks to Dan, Jim, Tom, and Trevor. You are such wonderful musicians and people! Thanks Svensk Musik for getting me over there!

Spontaneous recital at University of Maine

Yesterday Dan Barrett and I decided to do a couple of songs at a sponataneous recital at the Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine. We will perform “Älskade Dotter” in a new arrangement for solo soprano and bass trombone, and “Vetenskap” from 2005. It will take place at 4:15 pm. Dan is also performing other music for bass trombone and piano.

Listen to the piece “I will take care of you” (Trombone quartet)

Brass Night @ UMaine on November 29th will include the premiere performance of my trombone quartet “I Will Take Care of You.” It will take place in the Minsky Recital Hall at 7:30 pm.

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This recording presents the first movement, performed on October 19th, also at the University of Maine.

There is a total of four movements:

  1. I Will Take Care of You
  2. Everything!
  3. If Only I Were Filled With Happiness
  4. Let Us Leave All

The performers are Jim Trembley, Thomas Nokes, Trevor Marcho, and Dan Barrett.

The concert is announced at the University of Maine Trombone Studio, The International Trombone Association, and UMaine Low Brass Studio blog.

This quartet was inspired by a music drama (which is still in progress) called “Eldsäpplet” (The Fire-apple). The first movement is the antagonist offering to take care of the protagonist by giving her a credit card. The second movement is the antagonist’s elaboration on all the wonderful things her care will provide. The third movement is the protagonist reflecting on the consequences of accepting the care. The fourth movement is the monumental break with the past, the decision to leave all behind to start anew.

For me, this drama means that all is not lost even when we have accepted help when we ought not to have. There is always a way out, even from people or organizations or governments who offer to take care of our every need, usually in exchange for our freedom.

Svensk Musik is sponsoring my travel out to Maine for the premiere of the complete quartet.