Solitary Poems for Soprano Saxophone

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Solitary Poems POSTER 9:12-21As a creative response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequent obliteration of livelihoods for freelance musicians, this series of
SOLITARY POEMS FOR SOPRANO SAXOPHONE aims to ameliorate this situation and simultaneously support the creation of new music by leading Swedish, Norwegian, British, and American composers. This new repertoire will be a treasure when we can physically attend live performances again in our beloved concert halls around the world. This series will present a world premiere on the first day of every month until June 1st,  2023.Brief announcement on RADIO SWEDEN:https://sverigesradio.se/artikel/arbetslos-sopransaxofonist-lockade-till-sig-30-tonsattare


 

CELEBRATION SUITE published

As Democracy is being challenged in many countries,
I feel very grateful that GEHRMANS is now publishing this CELEBRATION SUITE that I was commissioned to compose for the 20th Anniversary of Democracy in South Africa.
It is dedicated to MIAGI – Music Is A Great Investment Youth Orchestra and was premiered in Soweto in 2013.
My deepest gratitude to all of you who made this possible.
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As Nelson Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, I had the honor of performing a Concert for him in the Stockholm Concert House together with Cyndee Peters, Eric Bibb, Elise Einarsdotter and Svante Henryson. Nelson Mandela came backstage after the Concert to greet the musicians, He shook our hands and said our music was very encouraging. His hand felt warm and rough after many years of hard work in the limestone quarry at the Robben Island prison.
Nelson Mandela’s dream of a multi ethnic Rainbow Nation is mirrored in this Celebration Suite that was commissioned for the 20th Anniversary of Democracy in South Africa. It incorporates musical elements from South African Freedom Songs, Folk music, Jazz and Western classical tradition. The power of music serves as a harmonizing connection between cultures that words alone cannot make.
The young musicians of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra come from all ethnic and economic backgrounds and belong to the born free generation as they have not suffered the oppression of apartheid. To see and hear them play together is deeply moving and inspires hope for a better future where the rainbow of humanity work together peacefully. After three successful tours in South Africa and Europe the orchestra showed their appreciation by giving me a South African name: Jabulani = Happiness.
That name feels like medicine for a melancholy Swede like me.
Anders Paulsson
Composer-in-Residence
MIAGI Youth Orchestra in South Africa
Since its inception in 2001, the Non-Profit-Organisation MIAGI – Music Is A Great Investment, offers a wide range of skills and creative arts training opportunities equipping young South Africans to advance their life prospects.
MIAGI established educational centers and programmes, the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and many smaller MIAGI music formations unite young talents through excellence, creative cooperation and innovation across ethnic and social borders embodying the ideals of Nelson Mandela. MIAGI’s patrons are the violinist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov and President Martti Ahtisaari, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Until his passing in 2018, José Antonio Abreu, the founder of El Sistema, was also one of MIAGI’s esteemed patrons. In 2020, a documentary film about MIAGI’s work with the name An Unfinished Symphony was world premiered by The Nobel Prize and National Geographic. www.miagi.co.za

STING´s “Shape of My Heart” like you have never heard it before

Alon Sariel – arch lute

Anders Paulsson – soprano saxophone

Fredrik Jonsson – bass

Mastering by Stellan Särlefalk

Video editing by Markus Heggestad

“Shape of my Heart”

music by STING / Gordon Sumner & Dominic Miller

No copyright infringement intended

As Ice Was Melting, Oceans Rose published

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Scandinavia´s leading Music Publisher GEHRMANS
www.gehrmans.se have now published my composition based on Per Harlings
poem that is an hommage Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg:
As Ice Was Melting, Oceans Rose
for mixed choir SATB a cappella
När Isar Smälte, Haven Steg
för blandad kör SATB

Version for solo vocals + piano and optional bass

arranged for piano by Kristin Stenerhag

https://www.gehrmans.se/butik/song/nar-isar-smalte-haven-steg-13854

https://www.gehrmans.se/en/shop/kor/as-ice-was-melting-oceans-rose-13834

https://www.gehrmans.se/butik/kor/nar-isar-smalte-haven-steg-13833

 

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
🙏🙏🏽🙏🏿🙏🏼🙏🏾🙏🏻❤️🌎

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…
🙏🏽🙏🙏🏼🙏🏿🙏🏻🙏🏾❤️🌎