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...MOVIO-MEMBERS / jonas himmelstrand
 
  I am Jonas Himmelstrand and I play tenor saxophone in Movio.

My earliest jazz influences go back when I was ten and listened to the Modern Jazz Quartet, and the internationally acclaimed Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson. Then I was in my teens and rock age and listened to Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead. I was especially fascinated by the duos Jorma Kaukonen/Jack Cassidy and Jerry Garcia/Phil Lesh.

Fifteen years old I discovered John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and their instrument, the tenor saxophone. Their recordings of the time, ”Om” and ”Tauhid” gave me strong musical experiences with spiritual overtones. I loved the tone from Sanders tenorsax and I wanted to find that inner place from where he played it. I loved Coltranes delightfully happy musical chaos, even though his music took some time getting into. I wanted to give to others something of what Coltrane and Sanders had given to me.

I started playing tenor sax and I have never been very interested in any other instrument. I started playing with Martin and Jonas and soon also with Kristjan. We played many years together.

Later influences have been the Norweigan tenor saxophonist Jan Garbarek, especially his record, ”Dis” and South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim whose combination of jazz and folk music felt like an additional expression of the music that lived in me.

After I married and had children my tenor sax was not used much. At one point I never thought I would play in a band again. But after a fifteen year leave Kristjan called and since then we play together again.

I still play on the same Selmer tenor sax I bought second hand at the age of seventeen for SEK 700, which is about a 100 US dollars. I tried a number of mouthpieces in the beginning but since I bought my first Otto Link I have never changed again. Occasionally I play piano in Movio, too...

When I am not playing my tenor sax I work as a management consultant. At the moment I am engaged in presenting my new 600-page-book whose title in English would be "Following your heart in the social utopia of Sweden". Among many other themes the book has a few stories on what jazz and the tenor has given me. I have a homepage for my buisiness at
www.jhmentor.com .

I have three children. My wife is a trained classical violinist and breath worker. My daughter has already stated that she wants to play the saxophone.
 

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