CELEBRATION SUITE

MIAGI – Music is a great Investment invited Anders Paulsson to the MIAGI Youth Orchestra course in Johannesburg as a saxophone instructor with the possibility of creating some music together with our young musicians that come from all South African ethnic and economic backgrounds. The success of this initial collaboration made us select him as our Composer‐in‐Residence for the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and ‘New Skool’ Orchestra in South Africa 2013‐14. The commission was to create an orchestral piece for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Democracy in South Africa, while incorporating musical elements from South African Freedom Songs, Folk music, Jazz and Western classical tradition. Anders background in both classical music and jazz combined with his deep commitment to music as a harmonizing connection between cultures are qualities that made him suitable for the assignment. The African rhythms combined with the joy of this born free generation were also part of the nucleus that would become CELEBRATION SUITE. The CELEBRATION SUITE received its world premiere performance in the Soweto Theatre on September 25, 2013 with Tshepo Tsotetsi conducting.
CELEBRATION SUITE was so well received that the orchestra decided to bring it on their European Summer tour. It has now been performed 15 times with the European premiere at the Berlin Philharmonie on June 29, 2014 and on Nelson Mandela Day in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The Reconciliation and Amaqhawe * Heroes of South Africa movements have also been performed several times with the New Skool Sextet at the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria and at Fryshuset and Lilla Akademin in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as at the Headquarters of SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation that also funded part of the project.
Anders intuitive ability to connect musically with any person from any culture makes him an inspired leader, composer and soloist. His ability to assimilate local music of any genre and create something new made the South Africans feel that CELEBRATION SUITE was their own music. The South African Ambassador was convinced that Anders grew up in South Africa although he had only visited for a few weeks.

At the 14th performance of CELEBRATION SUITE the orchestra showed their appreciation by giving Anders a South African name: Jabulani = Happiness. Based on these uplifting experiences we strongly recommend recruiting Anders Paulsson for any musical projects involving youth, international understanding and peace.
Sincerely,

Robert Brooks, Executive Director ‐ MIAGI
​​Pretoria, 9 May, 2015

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Paulsson & MYO @ Berliner Philharmonie

Sunday June 29, 8pm, Concert at the Berliner Philharmonie:
http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/concerts/calendar/details/21052/

Celebrating 20 years of Freedom in South Africa:
Sunday June 29, 8pm, Concert at the Berliner Philharmonie:
http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/concerts/calendar/details/21052/
http://www.young-euro-classic.de/en/programme/details/2014-06-29-miagi-

(a MIAGI commissioned composition within the frame of a partner driven cooperation project funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria through Sida and based on songs from South Africa’’s Freedom Struggle)

Tourplan:
Berliner Philharmonie, 29 Juni
Wisby Strand, 2 Juli
Rikssalen Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm 4 Juli
Krapperup Musikhall, 9 Juli
Laiszhalle, Hamburg, 11 Juli
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, 15 Juli
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 17 Juli

PROGRAM NOTES CELEBRATION SUITE:

The music is inspired by and partially built on Freedom Songs.
This music often proved to be stronger than weapons during the struggle against apartheid,
as illustrated in the film AMANDLA! A revolution in four part harmony.
The first movement is built on the South African freedom
classic Shosholoza, that Nelson Mandela said inspired him
with courage to work in spite of great difficulties.
It is juxtaposed and integrated with jazzriffs and Celebration music.

The second mouvement RECONCILIATION is partially based on the chorale of the Freedom Song “Thina Sizwe”
that mourns the loss of land to the the immigrants.
Music from the new arrivals is integrated into the music,
symbolizing that together we can coexist peacefully.

MAKEBA REFLECTIONS is inspired by a cappella
Folksongs and riffs fused into a contrast of smooth sailing and big band power.

KUDU BLUES is developing an original Wangani tribal theme that is often played by Kudu horns.
The bluesy quality of the riff developed into a 7 bar blues in odd meters 8, 6 and 7/4.
The imagined answers of the bush animals develop into a cacaphony of riffs culminating in a jazzy super sax chorus.

AMAQHAWE =Heroes, is dedicated to all those men and women who dedicated their lives,
and sometimes even sacrificed their lives in order to establish and uphold
a peaceful and multiethnic democracy – a Rainbow Nation.
Their exemplary achievement is and remains an inspiration to the whole world.
Musically the composition is based on traditional South African rhythms combined with Nordic harmonies
and struggling middle section that resolves into the soulful
Joy that is an inspirational trademark of South African Culture.

Gratitude to Nelson Mandela

Gratitude to Nelson Mandela who showed the world how we can all coexist peacefully. We love You!
Let us honour him by following his example to the best of our abilities.
My gratitude for this great honour to compose CELEBRATION SUITE
for South Africa Celebrating 20 years of Democracy.
We are going on tour next summer!

MIAGI, Music is a great Investment, South Africa presented New Skool Orchestra at the Musaion, Pretoria 26 September 2013

Tshepo Tsotetsi – alto saxophone & conductor

Anders Paulsson – soprano saxophone & composer