Spjärnsvallet goes vinyl – release concerts
The Gothenburg label Omlott has licensed Again and Again and is releasing a vinyl version with their own cover art on May 20 2015. On the same day we make the original album available on Spotify and other streaming sites.
Spjärnsvallet played two release concerts, one at Rönells in Stockholm on May 19 and one at Folkteatern in Gothenburg on May 20. In both concerts we had the pleasure of having Goran Kajfes and David Stackenäs playing with us. On June 12 we will perform at Psykjunta, outside Alvesta in Southern Sweden.
Spjärnsvallet was formed when Berger, who had studied music in India (and was on his way to Ghana), met Bothén who had learned in Mali (and was on his way to Morocco) for a long collaboration with Don Cherry starting 1973 in New York where INNOCENCE is recorded. This was the starting point for the group with Nikke Ström and Kjell Westling. In 1975 we recorded the minor classic album Spjärnsvallet together. Some material that was not released then or was shortened to fit the LP format makes up the rest of this album plus a recording the three of us did just now: AGAIN – in remembrance of deceased multi instrument genius Kjell Westling, where we improvise around a couple of the tunes we used to play 40 years back .
Here is the opening piece “Pryllåten” by Christer Bothén from our vinyl release concert on May 19, 2015: