Coral Reef presentation @US EMBASSY

Honored to speak about Coral Reefs with Ambassador of the United States of America Kenneth A. Howery
at a reception for
Fulbright and International Visitor Leadership Program alumni at the US Embassy in Stockholm.
with Professor Åsa Wikforss,
Member of the Swedish Academy
and
Ms. Anna König – Jerlmyr,
Mayor of Stockholm

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Fellow Fulbrighters,

International Visitors Leadership Program Alumni,

Ambassador Kenneth Howery,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I feel very grateful and honored to be among you as there is an extraordinary amount of goodwill, talent and intelligence in this room.

My FULBRIGHT experience in the US strengthened my understanding of the benefits, beauty and importance of international bridge building and reconciliation.

As a musician I have experienced this kind of bridge building where music is a

platform where people from all walks of life can meet and affirm our common humanity regardless of our differences of opinion.

Music can also be a positive social force for promoting democracy and conservation.

As artistic director of Coral Guardians in collaboration with scientists at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and communications experts at Albaeco, we combine music and science to raise awareness about the world’s coral reefs and what is needed to safeguard them for future generations.

Coral reefs are the Rainforests of the sea, covering less than a tenth of a percent of the oceans it is home to about 25% of all marine species.

It is an astounding concentration of biodiversity.

Worldwide, more than 500 million people depend on coral reefs for food, income and coastal protection.

Coral Reefs are also a treasure of potential medicines yet to be discovered

and a model for how to build our cities as they recycle everything.

Sadly, we have already lost half of the Coral Reefs and with 2 degrees rise in temperature we risk losing 99%.

For most people including myself, it is abstract and hard to comprehend why a couple of degrees can be so destructive.

It wasn ́t until I learned that the oceans absorb 90% of our excess heat causing the water to be too warm for corals to survive.

Surely there have been many variations of temperature in the history of our planet, but now they are happening too fast for the corals to adapt.

Coral reefs have been around for hundreds of millions of years and we risk destroying them in a human lifetime.

In order to celebrate what we still have, I and many others have pursued

underwater photography of coral reefs. So let´s have a look.

I wrote this music inspired by a Marine Sanctuary in the Philippines where

20 years ago I was a volunteer diver counting corals.

This marine sanctuary is now an educational center for schoolchildren

and it has been awarded as best managed reef in the Philippines.

The music is conceived as a solemn procession of endangered species.

It is called Danjugan Sanctuary.

MUSIC & CORAL REEF PHOTOS

In order to preserve and protect this Life supporting Ecosystem and World Heritage for future generations,

we must hold our elected leaders accountable and responsible to navigate towards a more sustainable future.

If we do not stop the destruction of the Natural World, nothing else matters.

THE EYES OF ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS ARE ON US

CD Release: Anders Paulsson & Jonathan Dimmock In Concert

Dear Music lovers,

I am thrilled to announce the release of a new album with beautiful music for soprano saxophone and organ together with the American organist Jonathan Dimmock from a concert in Sofia Church in Stockholm on August 15, 2019.

CD cover Paulsson & Dimmock

The repertoire consist of a World Premiere of a new piece dedicated to us by American composer Judith Cloud: What Would Nina Simone Say?

It also includes a superb arrangement for us of Soliloquy by American composer David Conte.

For this occasion I also composed Hymn for Peace and Lilies of Peace.

The program also includes a serene version of Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt and the Spiritual  Amazing Grace arranged by the late American organist Harry Huff with whom I started my career 1987 in New York City.

The CD booklet offers additional information: Paulsson & Dimmock CD booklet

The recording has a magnificent sound thanks to:

Jörgen Thuresson Microphones CM-402

Håkan Sjögren: SonoConsult, Sound Engineer

Thomas Eberger: Stockholm Mastering

 

Thanks for listening!

Anders

CD release: Smooth Talk with Dave Koz

Live broadcast from Sirius XM Radio
Dave Koz Lounge in Los Angeles:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YlF_mJqlLvZYn3hUrb-2OSykL4rV1Xz8/view?usp=sharing

Getting excited about my July 1st CD release of Smooth Talk.
A feelgood duet with star saxophonist
Dave Koz 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 www.davekoz.com

CD cover Smooth Talk fixed

produced by Pål Svenre

Smooth Talk – CD booklet

https://apple.co/2RN7pU3

https://open.spotify.com/track/3DyEzqcRDZho9dTQEN7Qx4?si=n4zic0uvQieAZzr0wgGmQw

Concert for Madeleine Albright

Deeply honored to perform for former
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright❤️
It was also nice to chat with her about coral reefs, environmental protection & biosphere stewardhip
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IMG_7709~2The fundraising concert hosted by former
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
raised $50.000 for Safe & Sound
who are helping abused children to a better life.

Unforgettable musical experiences with the Golden Gate’s Mens Chorus conducted by Joseph Piazza at the Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco.
The GGMC is ranked the #1 Men’s choir in the United States.

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The CD recording with Wayne Osborne’s music was also very heart warming
as it feels like these songs were downloaded from heaven.

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Having lived and worked in the US 1984-1991,
I treasure the joy of being able to continue these musical relationships and to make new ones.

VIP musicians and friends that made this trip
such a beautiful experience include:
Wayne Osborne Greg Price Joey Piazza
Jordan Sunshine Bontrager Gloria Justen
Keith Lawrence Jonathan Dimmock David Conte Odnumde Serrot Fredrik Sixten Victoria Peattie Helm Lewis Patzner Randall Kikukawa
Johan Hugosson Michele Walther Jan Martin Östlund Christopher Robert Helm
and many more…
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Music for Ocean clean-up

BLUE OCEAN CONFERENCE

https://blueoceansconferenceliberia.com/

Background and Brief Description of the Project:
The Liberia Ocean Conference is funded by Sida through the Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia, Liberia and implemented by NIRAS Sweden.
The Swedish embassy in Monrovia is procuring NIRAS to assist in the organization of the regional conference on Ocean in West Africa. It is an assignment to assist the Embassy of Sweden, Government of Liberia represented by the Liberian maritime Authority (LiMA), the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority of Liberia and Conservation International Liberia who are co-hosting the Conference that will be held in March 18-21, 2019 in Monrovia as a follow up to the United Nations Ocean Conference on SDG 14 held in New York in June 2017 and to celebrate the African Union´s “Africa Day of Oceans and Seas – Encouraging Solutions to Marine Environmental Degradation and Sustainable Resource Management”. NIRAS will be supporting design and implementation of the planned conference and will work closely with the conference task force composed of representatives from three Liberian authorities´/-agencies´, Conservation International Liberia and the Embassy of Sweden to create a final theme and a program that fits the priorities of both the Swedish and the Liberian stakeholders.
Overall Goal of the Project:
The purpose of the regional Oceans Conference is to create awareness of ocean related issues and to find solutions that the region can move forward with and that the expected conference result is a resolution with a plan for how Liberia and the region (West Africa) can move forward with SDG 14 and also other SDGs as for example SDG 1 and 5.

The conference has two goals, to follow up the Ocean Conference in New York 2017. The conference should also drive implementation and enable the government and other stakeholders to take responsibility of the ocean outside their coast and achieving SDG 14. The expected conference result is a resolution with a plan for how Liberia and the region can move forward with SDG 14.

 

Fulbright Alumni Award 2019

The Swedish Fulbright Alumni of the Year 2019: Anders Paulsson
The award, given out by the Swedish Fulbright Alumni Association, honors a distinguished former Fulbright Scholar whose life’s work has served to further the mission of the Fulbright Program. In Senator Fulbright’s words,
“to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.”

Previous prize winners includes top diplomat Hans Blix and Swedish former Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson.

Fulbright Alumni AwardWith Risa Rosenberg WWF, US Ambassador Clifford G. Bond and Silvia Ulloa chairwoman of the Fulbright Alumni Association.

A great honor to be selected as Fulbright Alumni of the year 2019 for my musical international bridge building of reconciliation and biosphere stewardship. My acceptance speech:

https://www.facebook.com/759309886/posts/10157343548634887/

https://www.facebook.com/759309886/posts/10157335445734887/

 

French Recital

Live recording at Musikaliska Concert House, Stockholm, August 7, 2018
Anders Paulsson – soprano saxophone
Magnus Svensson – piano
Video production by Markus Heggestad
Page turner: Josefine Mindus
Francis Poulenc Sonata (1962)

Lili Boulanger D´un Matin de Printemps (1918)
Assez animé

Claude Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie opus 116 (1910)
Reveusement lent – Scherzando
César Franck Sonata in A-major (1886)
Allegretto ben moderatoAllegro
Recitativo / FantasiaAllegretto poco mosso

Paulsson´s Aho CD ​receives highest possible score: 10/10/10

Paulsson´s Aho CD receives highest possible score: 10/10/10
“Paulsson as a soloist confidently holds together the slowly increasing drama in a sovereign way.https://nordische-musik.de/
“In 2014-15 Aho wrote a concerto for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra for Swedish saxophonist Anders Paulsson, who recently played the posthumous premiere of the soprano saxophone version of Anders Eliasson’s Grand Third Symphony. This concerto shines with intense exploration of structurally and atmospherically strong contrasting episodes. It begins with an expressive solo singing accompanied by atmospheric sound in an oriental-like manner, including micro-intervals and glissandi coloring, and then turns into a wild Presto. This is followed by an introspective Largo of ‘Misterioso’ character and a turbulent-bizarre, even polytonal humorous finale, which ends in an epilogue, which draws the bow back to the beginning. Anders Paulsson is as flawless as the Rovaniemi Lapland Chamber Orchestra under its longtime director John Storgårds.”
Christoph Schlüren [28.12.2017] KLASSIK_HEUTE
Kalevi Aho Soprano Saxophone Concerto recording with Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds is now available for studio quality download:

http://www.eclassical.com/aho-saxophone-concerto-and-quintet.html

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Classical CD review:

The Kalevi Aho Concerto for soprano sax, created for – and played here by – Anders Paulsson. This new work combines virtuosity with a more thoughtful, somewhat mellow character. And, as so often with Aho, head isn’t pursued at the expense of heart. Indeed, there’s plenty of the latter in Paulsson’s account of the taxing, yet extraordinarily expressive solo part. Goodness, I haven’t heard such accomplished, sure-footed playing since Branford Marsalis in American Spectrum and Massimo Giacchetti in Between Two Worlds. (Both were Recordings of the Month.)

 

A great new concerto for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra by Kalevi Aho:

The work is devoted to Anders Paulsson, whose delicate, ECM-style interpretation style has guided the concerto.
Paulsson is loaded with all the necessary intensity and he carries the melodies gloriously.
He also realizes multiplayer features chordically and naturally. It is probably thanks also to Aho, who is always familiar with the solo instruments.
The role of the Chamber Orchestra in the concerto
is to create mysterious shades of watercolors and to engage in dialogue with bright secco solos, and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra does really well.”

-Kare Eskola, Yle Klassinen, October 6, 2017

“Anders Paulsson has developed Soprano Saxophone playing to an unprecedented, sensational top level!”

– Kalevi Aho, Finnish Composer, October 4, 2017

Cher Anders,
J’ai reçu ce matin ton dernier disque. Je viens de l’écouter. Il est magnifique ! L’œuvre me plait beaucoup et j’apprécie à l’extrême ce que tu en fais. Je suis fier de toi ! C’est comme toujours impeccable, et tu entretiens la poésie de cette belle œuvre de la première à la dernière note. Oui ! C’est superbe d’intelligence musicale, de compréhension, de maîtrise de jeu, de beauté de son.
Je suis heureux d’avoir cet enregistrement. Merci de me l’avoir fait connaître. 
Jean-Marie LONDEIX
Legendary French Saxophone Professor
September 13, 2017