After a bike ride around town and a great early dinner at Vapiano (they make your meal in front of you! Risotto pollo e limone, with Caesar salad and vino grigio) I headed over to Viva Las Palmas, a basement converted into rehearsal studio/Hoob record label warehouse/performance space. Run by the ever jovial Nils Berg and his partner and fantastic bassist Josef Kallerdahl, the place filled up with an interesting blend of musicians, visual artists and dancers, giving the evening a feeling of bohemian happening. Nils pulled out his bass clarinet, which blended beautifully with Mattias Risberg on a funky little electric organ made in Sweden, the Bergman klavitron! The music making was superb, and exquisitely supported by Nils' latest brewing brilliance, the Farfar Har (roughly translates as "Grandpa has a Moustache") Beer, brewed in memory of his grandfather.
Nils was another Swede who benefitted from the cultural exchange program between Canada and Sweden. I had invited to perform in August of 2015 at The Apartment Music Series, along with Taylor Ho Bynum and yours truly. It was a pleasure to get reacquainted with such a positively charming individual!
The following day I bid my farewells to Denise Bethke, who made me feel so welcome in her nice apartment in Stockholm, and headed out to Gothenburg on the comfortable high speed train to meet up with Lisen Rylander Love, a wonderful saxophone player and vocalist, who also came to Vancouver for residency this last March.