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Country & Eastern 2018

Country & Eastern Newsletter January 2018

Lots of stuff happens this spring:
Beches Brew
will play in Gothenburg every Saturday afternoon from Jan 27.
Albums will be released with Nicolai Dunger, Bengan Jansson/Per Gudmundson, Stefan Bellnäs, Sadanand Naimpalli, Ustad Z.M. & Z.F. Dagar.


Beches Brew will play at Studio HPKSM every Saturday at 3 pm in Gothenburg from Jan 27

A few years back there was this nice place called L'Assassino in Gothenburg. During a year Beches Brew played every Saturday until the place was bought and transformed into yet another gym. Since then we have been looking for a new place as we feel that playing on the Saturday afternoon is so wonderful. Some people who have been to town can sit down for some interesting music before going home to make dinner, other people will come to get in the mood on their way out for a night about town. Now we found the perfect place so here we go again! You can expect surprising music by old men with childish minds, now and then a great guest artist, good food and drinks, and a great atmosphere in general.
The band is Beches Brew - West Coast Edition with Gothenburg Greats Sir Thomas Jäderlund and Thomas Gustafsson saxophones; Göran Klinghagen guitar, Stefan Bellnäs, beyzz and Stockholm drummer/band leader Bengt Berger. Plus occasional surprise guests.
The wonderful
 Studio HPKSM at Storgatan just opened Bakfickan, "The Hip Pocket", a small and intimate counter restaurant at Parkgatan 21. Welcome at 3 on Saturday - if you're there when we open the band will offer you a glass of.....

New albums this spring: Dunger, Bellnäs, Jansson/Gudmundson, Naimpalli and Dagars


Intense musician-poet Nicolai Dunger and his crazy band with the multidimensional Bebe Risenfors on keys and winds, His Heaviness Nikke Ström on bass and Guitar Messaiah Thomas Tjärnkvist toured a lot last fall and recorded 14 songs that should be out late this spring.

Tabla wizard Pandit Sadanand Naimpalli has recorded a new album where he plays half-hour long solos in nine different talas of 8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15 and 16 beats. An incredible feat that has been lauded by the other top names in tabla today, Zakir Hussain, Anindo Chatterjee, Swapan Chaudhuri and Suresh Talwalkar. The album is named Maha Taal Yaag and Country & Eastern is happy to forward it to you

Country & Eastern hope to have two cd's out before summer:
Hjeltomes with the incredible Bengan Jansson - Per Gudmundson duo is what lovers of Swedish folk music are eagerly waiting for. 

And at last Stefan Bellnäs is working on an album of his own! Stefan has played with everything and everybody and we are all eagerly waiting for and expecting something very special when he presents his own music.

PLUS..........................

Sensational new albums with old recordings of Zia Mohiuddin and Zia Fariduddin Dagar

Early in January I visited Ustad Mohi Bahauddin Dagar, beenkar and son of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. We worked on albums that we hope to release digitally during this spring. One is a recording from Nathdwara in 1968 where Fariduddin sings Kalavati with a very fine elderly pakhawaj player and a spectacular 50 year old recording where Zia Mohiuddin and Zia Fariduddin sing very old and rare Dhrupad compositions before a Maharaja, compositions that their father Ziauddin used to sing in the court of Udaipur when they were children a century ago. 

Our albums from 2017 are just as good this year

DRCD449 Bengt Berger / Bitter Funeral Beer Band: Praise Drumming 
CEX19 M.R. Gautam and Pandit Taranath: Live in Bombay 1967
CE38 Beches Brew: Beches Indian Brew
CE37 Elisabeth Engdahl and Thomas Gustafsson: Ori Variations

If you like record stores

There are two in Stockholm carrying the complete Country & Eastern catalogue: Runt Runt at Odengatan 90 och Pet Sounds at Skånegatan 57
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