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Exclusive: Benny Andersson to record solo piano album

Exclusive: Benny Andersson to record solo piano album

Benny Andersson at the piano that will feature on his solo CD In an interview with icethesite Benny announced that he has decided to mark his upcoming 70th birthday with the release of a solo piano album. “I’ve actually been thinking about it for a while but haven’t had the time. Now I do and it kind of feels right,” Benny said. “I think it’s going to be fun!” Although he has not chosen exactly which tracks to record yet, they will all be his own melodies and he says that he intends to include pieces from every phase of his musical career from 1965 through to 2016. “Some pieces, such as Mountain Duet from CHESS, are really suitable as piano solos whereas others, Waterloo for example, just don’t work,” he said. “It will depend on what feels good in my hands when I play.” Benny hopes to start work on the project next week,…
Benny to play a ‘one-off’ organ concert in Norway

Benny to play a ‘one-off’ organ concert in Norway

Benny Andersson together with BAO fiddlers Orsa Spelmän and keyboard player Göran Arnberg are going to play a one-off concert in Norway. The magnificent Nidarosdomen Organ in Trondheim The appearance will be with the acclaimed organist Gunnar Idenstam and nyckelharpa player Johan Hedin at the 11th century Cathedral, Nidarosdomen, in Trondheim on Saturday 29 October 2016. Benny has told icethesite that the concert will certainly include his track, En skrift i snön, written for the Piteå organ in 2012, as well as pieces such as Kärlekens Tid and Vilar glad. I din famn. Vocals will be performed by the Nidaros Cathedral choir. Nidarosdomen features a 9600 pipe, 1930’s Steinmeier organ which was originally commissioned to commemorate the 900th anniversary of St Olav’s death at the Battle of Stiklestad. At the time of construction it was the largest pipe organ in Europe. A full restoration was completed in 2014. Benny says that…
Benny on tour with Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör

Benny on tour with Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör

On Thursday evening (22 September) Benny Andersson took the stage at the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Centre for the first in a series of concerts with Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör (GSKK). Benny Andersson performing with Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör The Kärlekens Tid tour showcases a selection of modern choral pieces together with all 11 Benny penned tracks from the choir's 2015 album of the same name, including En skrift i snön, Anthem, Vilar glad. I din famn, Klinga mina klockor, and O klang och jubletid. Towards the end of the performance, Benny delighted the 1,100 capacity audience and members of the choir alike, with a piano solo of Thank You For The Music. The idea for the album was that of the choir’s founder Gustaf Sjökvist who thought that Benny’s music suited the choir perfectly because of it’s strong classical roots. Sadly, Gustaf passed away before the album's completion, but the choir…
Benny to release a new Swedish folk album

Benny to release a new Swedish folk album

Benny Andersson has recorded an album of traditional Swedish music with the all-female folk group Systerpolskan. Systerpolskan comprise of seven of Sweden's most talented female folk musicians (three nyckelharpa players and four fiddlers), including Lena Willemark, who performed alongside Benny at KMH's New York gala in March and Sonia Sahlström, grand-daughter of the acclaimed nyckelharpa player Eric Sahlström. Benny and the female folk artists 'Systerpolskan'.     Photo: Mono Music Benny first met the girls six years ago at the Skansen Folk Music Festival. At the time, although most of them knew each other, they had never played together as a group. However, Benny has told icethesite how he immediately knew that he wanted to work with them: "I thought wow! They are really, really good," he said. "And I think it is so important to keep traditional music alive that I wanted to give such talented musicians a chance to…
BAO on ‘Moraeus med mera’

BAO on ‘Moraeus med mera’

Today, BAO (Benny Anderssons Orkester) have taken part in the recording of an episode of band member Kalle Moraeus' Swedish television show, Moraeus med mera. Moraeus med mera - promo poster Performing in front of a live audience under a big-top style tent that forms the temporary TV studio, BAO showcased two songs from their new album Mitt hjärta klappar för dig. The album was released on 10 June and is available now on CD and digital download. A vinyl version is also going to be released soon. The two tracks that were performed live, were the recently released single En natt i Köpenhamn (A night in Copenhagen) and a sing-a-long track Timmarna går så fort när man har roligt (Time Flies When You’re Having Fun). Tommy, Helen, Kalle and Benny performing today at 'Moraeus med mera' When Benny recorded the album he invited the band's all-female fan club, 'Bao Prao', into the…