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...MOVIO-MEMBERS / jonas landahl
 

 

 

 

 

 

I´ve been playing drums since the age of twelve. I started in the seventies with brushes, one old snaredrum, a hi-hat and a cymbal. My older brother had met some musicians/friends in college and needed someone who could accompany them o percussion. At that time I took lessons for classical guitar. But it was really fun to play the drums. I was the youngest member in the group but I ruled with the loudest instrument…

In the 70s´ the attitude was that anyone could play almost anything. Just play for fun with lots of space for improvisation. As a teenager that suited me perfectly and I gladly biked one or two times a week to our nice, crazy and free music meetings with my six years older friends. We played jazz and Kalla Karen (The Cold Corps) was our name. I got cassette-copies of my brothers records with McTyner and Miles Davis. That went beyond listening to ABBA, 10cc and Electric Light Orchestra. So I sold my altosaxophone and bought a second hand drumset in Stockholm. Many years I was to play those red colored and glittering “Trixon”-drums together with an antique Slingerland snaredrum from the 40s´.

I was completely caught by the feeling to play together and improvise and some lucky times we even reached heaven - when we all together were sailing on the wonderful ocean in the beautiful sunset... The taste of this meditative and religions feeling is still what make it so fun to play the drums. I have never focused on the drums as equipment; I still play my second drumset, Premier”, which I bought in the 80s´ from our bassman, Kristjan.

To play the music what my brother have composed, to meet my friends and together improvise is pure, uncorrupted and lifegiving energy once in a week and has been so for more than thirtyfive years. Very stimulating indeed!

After beginning to take table-lessons at the age of thirtyeight I understood that one needs at least one more life to achieve what I have seen skilled Indian tablaplayers do with their instrument. But I loved the sound of the tabla and was soon hooked on this subject. My teacher on tabla, Kishore Ghosh, guided me into one unlimited world, feed my hunger and encouraged me. Tabla is number one of all musical instruments. The magic is to produce a beautiful sound and play it musically.

Deep involvement in the Indian culture and its music, especially tabla, made me write and publish the first manual of tabla-playing in the Swedish language 2003; “How to play tabla”. 2004 I received Uppsala municipality cultural scholarship for this work.

The last years I have got the priviliege to receive lessons from the tabla-artist Suranjana Ghosh as well as to cooperate with the ensemble “Indian Drum Orchestra” ,with whom I play tabla and djembe.

I also make documentary films. The two productions ”People and music in Calcutta” and ”Travel in Westbengal” have been showed at festivals and cultural events, and in schools. I cooperate with indian artists and I have given concerts and workshops all over Sweden with the ensemble ”Indian Drum Orchestra”. I have arranged concerts; in October 2006 I arranged the first indian ragaconcert in Sweden with two professional female artists from India; Sahana Banerjee, sitar and Suranjana Ghosh, tabla. During 2004-2008 I have organised and participated in several other concerts, programs och workshops with indian culture and tabla.

In November 2007 I organized an Indian festival in Grand in Uppsala where I showed a documentary film together with indian artists and swedish students playing the tabla live. In August 2008 I played in an Indian festival in Stockholm with Suranjana Ghosh and in October I was interviewed about tabla by the Swedish Radio. I also organized and participated in an Indian dance- och drumperformance in Uppsala and Stockholm in November 2008.


 

 

 

 

 

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