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Hear here!

a touring free improv road show
ELBJ-18Jazz/ImprovJH-18
A unique improvisational concert experience which has had  a series of successful concerts in London, Tokyo, Stockholm, ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn and House of Sweden in Washingon DC.
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Hear Here! features some of Sweden’s foremost improvisational musicians who have teamed up for a unique collaborative project and road show, creating new music with local artists and building musical bridges along the way.

In a continuously evolving set-up, each Hear Here! concert is a totally improvised experience. The first iterations of the project – in Sweden, the UK and Japan – have been overwhelmingly praised by critics and audiences alike. Hear Here! is always a visual treat. 

The award-winning filmmaker Mårten Nilsson has been working on a Super 8 film around the project, with visuals and elements of footage continuously added to the performance. The film is funded by The Swedish Film Institute and had it´s premiere spring 2017 and was also recorded for album release by the acclaimed sound guru Sigge Krantz.

The poster for the project was created by the internationally renowned Swedish artist Jockum Nordström, represented in London and New York by David Zwirner Gallery.

Hear Here! (fall of 2016 version) is Lisa Ullénpiano, Sofia Jernbergvoice, Christopher Cantillo  — drums, Ida Lundén live electronics and objects and David Stackenäs guitar. Inte the first two editions Nina de Heney joined on double bass. Mariam Wallentinjoins the project for the Stockholm premiere.

This conceptual project could be adapted for other venues and festivals but the first two editions took place at Cafe Oto in London (read the review by Kevin Legendre, Jazzwise here) and a small Tokyo tour consisting of Super de Luxe, Tokyo Jazz Fest (main outdoor stage) and Jazz Spot Candy in Chiba. In the US, the Hear here! happened at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn and House of Sweden in WDC.

The project is fully supported by Musikverket.