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.
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.