Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Björn Magnusson & the piano

A couple of weeks ago I had the extreme pleasure of performing live together
with a dear friend of mine, Björn Magnusson at the iDEAL-Festival in Gothenburg.
We both played in the Viktor Sjöberg New Jazz Ensemble and this was my second live performance together with Björn.

In The Ensemble Björn plays the piano and during the concert there was a segment in which the piano were supposed to play "lead" and the overall feeling were supposed to be quiet and leave room for the piano to interact with viktors loops.

Pretty much immediatly I became aware of something amazing happening and I felt that
I would only be in the way if I played anything so I did what I had to do and turned the volume down on my gear and just sat back and listened. And listened. And listened.

It was the best part of the concert, and one of my favourite moments of the whole festival.

Björns pianoplaying has always intrigued me alot and I've understood that he really has the feeling for it, and when I thought about it the other day I remembered reading a little article on Morton Feldman's piano-works a while back.

I've always been a big big fan of Björn's writing and he has made me discover so much amazing music through his words, and here's a thought: Could it be that through
writing and thinking alot about music, getting to understand music in that way Björn has taught himself to play the way he does? I know this might be a stupid thought but I firmly believe it. The feeling and timing and presence Björn displays when playing the piano is extraordinary and I do hope you all get to see him play sometime.

have a look at what björn writes, both at Twisterella and at his blogg, relevans.

I know this text isn't really cohesive or rational at all but I don't really care.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jonas Lindgren said...

I agree. So much

12:53 AM  
Blogger Johan said...

If I live til I'm 85, I'll still regret the fact that I couldn't make it down to experience that concert in person.

1:00 AM  
Blogger Johan said...

Although, the wedding I attended was pretty amazing. :)

Still, hopefully I'll be at the next VSNJE in person.

1:02 AM  

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