Revered Swedish pianist Henrik Lindstrand is due to release his new album, ‘Reimagined’ – a collection of compositional reworks by some of the best contemporary artists working today. It features the likes of Anne Müller, Manu Delago, Tom Adams, Christina Vantzou, Alex Somers, Benoît Pioulard and more. Gaining notoriety for his semi-autobiographical stories told using sounds solely from the piano, the work from Henrik’s solo ventures are ripe for reinterpretation.
For the latest, Berlin based cellist/composer Anne Müller has reworked ‘Søndermarken’ into an unrepressed, striking journey. The Erased Tapes signee adds her weightless signature strings, setting free its expressive melodies, and retaining all of the originals alluring character.
Anne tells us; “It was a pleasure to work on Søndermarken. I hope you will enjoy my almost symphonic cello-orchestra version. It was the soundtrack of the change from deep, dark, cold winter (we actually had -14 degrees in Berlin and this difficult lockdown time was special) to longer days with more light and happiness – watching snowflakes and the birds in the tree outside the window. The piece sounds like it’s taken from a dark winter tale a very long time ago and almost unreal, while enjoying the summer sun. But all of these inspirations found their way into my version of this wonderful piece, playing with Henrik Lindstrand in an imaginary cello-piano duet.”
Henrik continues; “Anne Müller has been a favourite cello player of mine for a long time. I think she is a formidable storyteller with her instrument and it has been a great pleasure to collaborate with her on Søndermarken. Adding the string elements to the piece definitely takes it to a new place entering a larger and playful area for the composition.”
Last year Henrik Lindstrand completed his trilogy of personal, melodically woven soundscapes with ‘Nordhem’, following albums ‘Nattresan’ (2019) and ‘Leken’ (2017).
Lindstrand’s career is littered with accolades that make up an impressive and eclectic resume. A keen musician from a young age, he graduated from the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen where he became engrossed in the local musical culture and lent his skills to a multitude of acts as a studio musician, live player and string arranger. This lead to him being “adopted” into Danish rock band Kashmir, one of Scandinavia‘s most prominent and acclaimed bands with whom he toured the world extensively as their keyboard player and guitarist.
During his tenure in Kashmir and until the band’s hiatus, Henrik worked with seminal profiles such as Tony Visconti, Andy Wallace, David Bowie and Lou Reed, whilst building a career alongside as a highly regarded composer for television and cinema. Recent accomplishments include the score for the ITV Nordic-noir series Greyzone, the soundtrack for the hugely successful and award-winning LEGO game, Builder´s Journey and a film score to Undtagelsen (The Exception) released last summer. Recent noteable solo performances include sold out concerts in Copenhagen, The Heartland Festival (DK) Silent Green in Berlin, Soho House London, Union Chapel London and Pianeo Festival Munster (D).
In October Lindstrand played a unique and intimate live performance filmed in Copenhagen at Camp Adventure (one of Time Magazines 100 best places to visit), in a stunning 45-meter-high tower in the middle of the forest. In a time when live music experiences were few and far between across the world, Lindstrand and his team were able to create an extraordinary one-off outdoor event to perfectly house this captivating performance.
At the end of the year he released a book, a selection of 21 transcriptions and arrangements for solo piano from his three albums. With scores ranging from pure and minimal to experimental and inventive. It includes beautiful imagery, specially written notes from the composer and downloadable backing tracks to inspire the most enjoyable experience.
Last month, to coincide with its launch on Playstation and Nintendo, a deluxe version of Henrik’s hugely successful soundtrack for LEGO Builder’s Journey was also released with brand new bonus material.