Bazar Blå - three master musicians from Sweden. Since more than twenty years they have constantly redefined their own space in the music scene. Now Bazar Blå is on the road again, with a new repertoire and freshly released album in their luggage.
"Malmö 1999" is a unique live recording from a truly memorable concert in 1999. Featuring never before released live versions of some of their most defining tunes. In times of short-lived musical trends, Bazar Blå decided to take the time to be inspired by their own roots again.
The music of Bazar Blå captivates by sounding as originally Swedish as it is globally irresistible. Melodies, harmonies and rhythms move freely between nyckelharpa, bass guitar, bass mandola and percussion. The grooves develop from tiny bells to huge, enchanting structures and unfold a distinctive dynamic bursting with playful virtuosity.
In 2016 they celebrated their 20th anniversary as a trio. Thus their music is also a tribute to the unique, collective power of three strong personalities who have been creating new music together for a long time.
"When we started thinking of a new release after our 2016 jubilee release “Twenty”, we realised that we all had really fond memories of some of our older songs. So we decided to browse through the archives and search for special recordings. It wasn't long before we found a real treasure. A live recording of our concert in Malmö in 1999! After some technical post-processing - 21 years is a long time in the development of music recordings! - we proudly present the seventh album of Bazar Blå!”
Johan Hedin has mastered every aspect of the Nyckelharpa. His way of using and developing this ancient instrument has made him a role model for many – both younger and older players. New constructions and technical solutions to accommodate highly set musical standards are constantly on the drawing board of this creative musician. Musically he also follows a bidirectional path. On the one hand digging through many hundred-years old manuscripts in search of forgotten traditional dance repertoire and on the other, using these traditions as a springboard to new music in collaborations with musicians from other genres.
Björn Meyer is a passionate creator of ways to expand the musical potential of the bass. The instruments he uses – six-string acoustic and electric bass guitars and bass-mandola, developed through years of discussions with master luthiers and string makers - are as unique as the way he plays them. In order to express musical ideas he often finds the use for unseen and self-invented playing techniques but also specially designed electronic possibilities, which all become unmistakeable trademarks of his style and make him an integral part of the sound of any project he takes part in.
Fredrik Gille has spent decades traveling the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and Latin America in the pursuit of percussion - its traditions, instruments, playing techniques and musicians. A true aficionado, handpicking each instrument in his ever developing set-up according to what characteristic nuances the specific music or dance production needs. At the same time always caring about what new sound-scapes will inspire his surrounding. The rhythmical landscapes of Bazar Blå are just one of many examples of his artistry.