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BIGBAND

Bigband

”En Lun september aften i 2011, efter en helt fantastisk og dejlig koncert med Edith kvintetten på Testrup højskole. Bandet var samlet udenfor i tus mørket med stearinlys og en god flaske hvin. Ideeer og tanker opstod. Lisbeth sagde: ”Du skal da lave nogle Big Band arrangementer til Edith sangene!?”

Et frø til en stor drøm blev plantet. Jeg har ”før” Edith musikken sunget en masse Bigband Jazz – og jeg elskede det: Den fede lyd, de store crescendoer og klangene, der kan løfte taget.

Og nu – fem år senere er drømmen opfyldt, og du kan booke mig sammen med et bigband syngende mine Edith-sange!

Eller hvis du er i et BIGBAND så kan du booke mig at komme med mine arr.”

Fotograf: Ray Leigh

Er du leder af et bigband og på udkig efter en ny solist eller efter nye kompositioner og udfordringer?

Anna har tidligere arbejdet med DR Bigband, Orbit, Mjölby Storband, Rudersdals Bigband, Kilafors Bigband og mange flere.

Hun kommer gerne og er solist på jeres noder og sange, men vil også meget gerne dele sin begejstring for Edith Södergran.

Annas livsprojekt er at give liv og kompositioner til Edith Södergrans digte.

På sin CD-trilogi har hun komponeret nye svenske sange til digtene, og til koncerterne fortæller hun (også gerne på dansk) om Edith Södergrans liv og poesi og giver et inspirerende, varmt og levende portræt af en af nordens største digtere.

Kompositionerne er udfordrende for både blæsere og rytmegruppen og giver ambitiøse bigbands en mulighed for at udfordre sig selv med nye moderne svenske kompositioner.

Our big band in Mjölby Sweden was looking for an inspiring and challenging projekt and I´ve followed Anna’s Edith Södergran project for quite a while. So I thought that this would be a nice project for our band.

The arrangements has a modern flavour and capture’s Anna’s feel for the lyrics in her original compositions, they are very beautifully written and gives the band moments to shine.

The arrangements is a big challenge for all the hornblowers, you really have to be aware of the intonation and who has the lead line.

The reedplayers had to double on at least one and in some cases two extra instruments we used all the saxes including soprano. Clarinets, flutes, bassclarinet and even a tenorrecorder was brought in to the section. The brass section had to work with their lyrical playing with mutes and intonation was sometimes quite hard to master. For the rhytmsection it was interesting to try to catch the somewhat subtile grooves and try to play softer than you normally do in a big band.

We rehearsed for about two months, every sunday until Anna joined us and it all locked together. It was quite fun to do a minitour with three concerts in different environments.

Anna is a dream to work with. She is a good Singer and writes beautiful compositions. She handled the band with warm authority and humor.

She performed the songs with ease and talked about Edith and her life like she was a sister.  A warm and interesting portraits of one of the greatest nordic poets.

We will remember this project for a long time. It was inspiring, fun and with depth because of the lyrics. I was fun to do a swedish language concerto it doesn’t happen very often in the Bigband community

Glenn Fransson

director Mjölby Big Band

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