Euro Tour - day 7

I started off my day in Gothenburg with breakfast over at Lisen Rylander Love's place, followed by a visit from Isak Hedtjärn, a fine young clarinetist who just completed formal music studies at the university here. During his time in Gothenburg, Isak has proven to be a catalyst of numerous events and happenings for the local scene, as well as continuing performing in his hometown of Stockholm. Isak started playing the clarinet at age 16, after a number of years playing drums. He is the first clarinetist I have ever met who has already develop a firm grasp of technical possibilities on the instrument, and to put this language into practice, with a strong focus on improvisation. Having studied Swedish folk music has allowed him to grasp an instinctive understanding of shapes and structures, as well as a uncanny kinetic awareness of interaction in ensemble settings. Here's a short video we made of or encounter.

We followed our meeting with a tram ride to his favourite café in town, where we enjoyed the beautiful weather over a pizza lunch. We parted ways soon after, and did a bit of sightseeing by renting a bike, making sure to get lost in the small maze of Haga, the old part of town. 

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After a short rest I headed to the venue, a bookstore called Spättans Antikvariat to perform a solo, a duo with Isak, and a quartet with bassist Alfred Lorinius (who had just arrived from Greece!), and keyboardist Fabian Kallerdahl, the brother of Josef Kallerdahl, with whom I played with at Las Palmas. The music was beautiful, with Lisen impressing with her expressive, full tenor sax tone. 

Fabian, FH, Lisen, Alfred, and Isak. Nils Berg photo bombing on the bottom left! He'd just arrived in Gotheburg in the late evening. 

Fabian, FH, Lisen, Alfred, and Isak. Nils Berg photo bombing on the bottom left! He'd just arrived in Gotheburg in the late evening.