Sven-Åke Johansson

Broken Music Vol. 2_Live

Thursday, April 20, 2023, 8:30pm


Sven-Åke Johansson

Das Telefonbuchstück für zwei Gelbe Seiten (1989)
The Telephone Book Piece – for two Yellow Pages (1989)
Sven-Åke Johansson, West Berlin telephone books

Sechs Klavierstücke im Barocken Stil (2021)
Six Piano Pieces – in the Baroque Style (2021)
Simon James Phillips, piano

Konzert für 10 + 1 Eierschneider für 11 Spieler (2020, UA)
Concert for 10 + 1 Egg Slicers – for 11 performers (2020, world premiere)
Maulwerker & guests: Fernanda Farah, Seth Josel, Henrik Kairies, Christian Kesten, Alexey Kokhanov, Chico Mello, Andrea Neumann, Silvia Ocougne, Katarina Rasinski, Derek Shirley, Steffi Weismann

Solo für 2 Hi-Hats
Solo for 2 Hi-Hats
Sven-Åke Johansson, percussion

Gesamtkatalog D für 8 Performer (2003)
Complete Catalogue D – for 8 performers (2003)
Maulwerker & guests: Fernanda Farah, Henrik Kairies, Christian Kesten, Alexey Kokhanov, Andrea Neumann, Katarina Rasinski, Derek Shirley, Steffi Weismann


Born in Sweden and based in Berlin since the late 1960s, multidisciplinary artist Sven-Åke Johansson – percussionist, jazz musician (standards and free), singer, instant poet, writer, visual artist, and photographer – has been an inspiring force and close collaborator of Freunde Guter Musik from their earliest days. The first evening of Broken Music Vol. 2_Live features a small, five-part portrait show in his honor. It kicks off with his classic Das Telefonbuchstück (The Telephone Book Piece): two fat volumes of the Berlin yellow pages on wobbly music stands are drummed away at to explore their sonic qualities. A quasi-baroque cycle Sechs Klavierstücke (Six Piano Pieces) showcases (with a wink) SÅJ’s talent as a writing composer. This evening also features the world premiere of Konzert für 10 + 1 Eierschneider (Concert for 10 + 1 Egg Slicers). In Solo für 2 Hi-Hats (Solo for 2 Hi-Hats), SÅJ proves himself an ingenious percussionist, conjuring full, rich sounds from a reduced, sparse instrumentation. The program concludes with a high wall of all German telephone books, dating from 2002 and 2003, made to sound as they are spread on the floor by busy hands in Gesamtkatalog D (Complete Catalogue D). (Photo: Cristina Marx)


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