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Gunnel Mauritzson
Raisu äut (Outward passage) Xource/MNW

The 2003 release by this marvelous Swedish singer is an elegant exploration of folk roots, joined by some of Sweden's best jazz and folk musicians, including Hans Kennemark, Roger Talroth, Rickard Aström, Jonas Knutsson and many others.

Also by Gunnel Maurizson: Ater

The 2003 release by this marvelous Swedish singer is an elegant exploration of folk roots, joined by some of Sweden's best jazz and folk musicians, including Hans Kennemark (Bäsk), Roger Tallroth (Vasen), Rickard Aström (Groupa), Jonas Knutsson and many others.

Mauritzson has gathered together an interesting group of songs for this project centered on the theme of meeting and parting, traveling to and away from 'the heart of matter.' Songs come from the Swedish tradition and from other sources including Xhosa, Latin and Swahili texts (translated to Swedish). They are performed in a beautiful combination of styles, with a strong sense of folk, classical and jazz all converging to make music as only she can. Fans of the ECM recordings by Moller and Wilemark will find this CD particularly compelling, both for its icy austerity and its harmonically rich yet simple arrangements.

Sats Mauritzson about this project: "All songs on this record are in a sense about distance. They are also about searching and longing. I wanted the songs to be free, and to be able to travel as freely as they wanted to. Perhaps they have something to tell about passed times and times yet to come."

Listen:
A star in the east
We give thanks
Eklundapolskan (instrumental)
Where is my path?

Also by Gunnel Maurizson: Ater

Press and bio from the record label:

With its border crossing folk music the group has fully established a sound of their own. The new cd "Raisu äut" contains songs, tunes, clangs and harmonies in a colourful mixture of material that are written in a new, traditional, patriotic as well as international way.

Gunnel Mauritzson – one of Sweden's foremost folk and jazz singers - has her root in Gotland folk music. She observes and describes her world with the eyes and ears of Gotland. "Raisu äut" (Gotland's dialect) in Swedish is "Resan ut" – "The Journey out". The album is indeed a travel journal. It touches love, longing, choices and fellowship with its own unique sound, magic and intensity.

"All songs on this record are in a sense about distance. They are also about searching and longing. I wanted the songs to be free, and to be able to travel as freely as they wanted to. Perhaps they have something to tell about passed times and times yet to come." Gunnel said.

The album was recorded by Mats Wester in Nord Studio, and mastered by Claes Persson. Gunnel is the winner of 2002 Gullin scholarship – selected by Orkersterjournalen (Orchestra Magazine) and the Lars Gullin society (the Swedish jazz society), and she was recently awarded with SKAP's jubilee scholarship for her merits as originator of Swedish folk music: "In an obvious way, Gunnel Mauritzson's music is creating links between heaven and earth, everyday-life and love."

The Gunnel Mauritzson Band consists of four amazing artists and musicians who together create something utterly special – a unique magical charging! Gunnel – vocals. Has through the years cooperated with many of Sweden's top musicians within folk music and jazz. Previously she was, for over 10 years, a member of Gunnfjauns Kapell.
Hans Kennemark – violin and alto violin. Renowned educator, arranger and composer who also is a part of the group Bäsk.
Roger Tallroth – guitar. One of the very best, most beloved and seeked-out folk music guitarists in Sweden and the Nordic countries.A composer, arranger and educator and the member of the group Väsen.
Rickard Åström – piano and keyboards. Educated in jazz piano with focus on folk music. Well-established accompanist and conductor of orchestras. Member of Groupa.

Guest musicians:
Jonas Knutsson, saxophone
Kjell Nordeson, percussions

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