Lena Willemark: Windogur
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This is Willemark in a mode we see all too little of these days: jazz diva. These songs, while inflected with folk roots (and occasionally deeply tied to them), are genuine Swedish jazz, acocmpanied by piano, bass and drums rather than the folkier modes usually associated with Willemark. Musicians include Bobo Stenson on piano, Palle Danielsson on bass, Lisbeth Diers on percussion and a string trio of Steffan Larson, Mikael Marin and Mats Olofsson.

Not to be missed for lovers of the 'great voice,' no matter the genre.


songs, and here it is. "No neat singer-songwriterism this; it's a big, wild, deep strong work befitting one of Europe's most rivettingly distinctive vocalists. Drawing together the strands of her personal musical background, from the traditions of Dalarna to Swedish jazz and Indian scales and rhythms, she keens, whispers, cattle-calls, yells, in company with pianist Bobo Stenson, bassist Palle Danielsson and percussionist Lisbeth Diers, and blends her driving, soaring fiddle with a string trio of Staffan Larson, Mats Olofsson and Väsen's Mikael Marin..." - Andrew Cronshaw, fRoots

See also:
Mats Eden: Avtryck (2001)
Groupa w/ Lena Willemark: Manskratt

Swedish press release on Lena's work:
cd cover Lena Willemark är flitigt förekommande på platta och konsertscener världen över. Efter framgångarna med bland annat Nordan-projektet och Frifot på ECM-etiketten hyllas hon idag som en av de riktigt stora sångerskorna. En firad musiker, en världsartist som medverkat på ett stort antal kritikerrosade plattor. För soloartisten Lena Willemark har det dock endast blivit en platta under eget namn tidigare. Det är nu drygt tio år sedan När som gräset det vajar (Amigo AMCD 722) släpptes. För oss på Amigo är det därför ett stort nöje att få berätta att det nu äntligen är dags igen.

Windogur består av en svit sånger med text, de flesta på Älvdalsmål, och musik av Lena Willemark. Windogur är en musikalisk resa som börjar och slutar i Lenas ursprung. Titeln betyder fönster på Älvdalsmål. Genom dessa öppningar – dessa fönster – strömmar musiken in. Här finns den svenska folkmusiken som ett rotsystem färgat av de medverkandes olika musikaliska världar; Pianisten Bobo Stenson och basisten Palle Danielsson kommer från jazzen. De har varit österut, på Balkan och i Indien, nu vänder de hemåt igen. Stråktrion med Staffan Larson, Mikael Marin och Mats Olofsson kommer från andra håll men är på väg mot samma mål. Och danska slagverkaren Lisbeth Diers kommer med en väl vald packning hon hämtat från hela världen.

Lena Willemark sång och fiol, Bobo Stenson piano, Palle Danielsson kontrabas, Lisbeth Diers slagverk, Staffan Larson fiol, Mikael Marin altfiol och Mats Olofsson cello.

In Engliah:
Lena Willemark is frequently represented on records and on concert stages the world over. After successes such as "Nordan-projektet " and Frifot" on the ECM label, she is today celebrated as one of the truly great singers. She is a respected musician; an international artist who has played a part in a large number of critically acclaimed recordings. For Lena Willemark the solo-artist, only one record in her own name has previously been released. It is now slightly over ten years since "När som gräset det vajar" (Amigo AMCD 722) made its appearance.

The new CD, "Windogur", is made up of a suite of songs with accompanying lyrics, most of them in the regional language of Älvdalen, the music written by Lena Willemark. "Windogur" is a musical journey that starts and ends within Lena's own origins. The title means windows in the Älvdalen tongue. It's through these openings - these windows - that the music flows. Swedish folk-music serves as a root system, colored by the participating musicians' different musical worlds; Pianist Bobo Stenson and bassist Palle Danielsson come from jazz. They have been to the East, in the Balkans and in India, and have now returned home. The string-trio with Staffan Larson, Mikael Marin and Mats Olofsson all come from different directions, but are now steering towards a common goal. And the Danish percussionist, Lisbeth Diers, brings along a well-assorted set of baggage that she has collected from all over the world.

Lena Willemark - song and fiddle, Bobo Stenson - piano, Palle Danielsson - double bass, Lisbeth Diers - percussion, Staffan Larson - fiddle, Mikael Marin - viola and Mats Olofsson - cello.

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