New Single Out Today!

First release by Nilsson – Sjöquist Duo!
In this first release, by the Swedish based Nilsson – Sjöquist Duo, we want to show our love for the music of Brazil and this time we feature a Sivuca song!

We play an arrangement by Tommy Nilsson of the song ”Cada Um Torce Como Pode” made famous by Sivuca.

Both Tommy Nilsson and Magnus Sjöqust have been playing in different groups and projects for many years.

The duo format is nice because it gives us a lot of space to express ourselves through our instruments, the accordion and the bass.


Side note: In the recording I used my trusty fretless Kala spruce acoustic/electric ubass. However in the accompanying video you’ll see my new fretless Kala California acoustic-electric ubass!

Quick links to some of the places you can find the song:

cdbaby

Spotify

Amazon

GooglePlay

Tommy is also featured in the latest single release ”Jag vet att vi ses snart igen (Manha de Carnaval)” Link to info about that release!

NEWS FLASH! Official release of ”Jag vet att vi ses snart igen/Manhã De Carnaval” on YouTube and digital outlets!

Single cover ”Lago Norte, Brasilia, Brasil” Photo: M. Sjöquist

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Hi,

I’m very exited to finally be able to share this song! I have worked on my album project on and off since 2012 and this tune especially has been very important to me. It has seen its ups and downs, I have had copyright issues and other problems that have delayed the release but now it’s ready to share with you!

First a bit of the back story…

My love for Brazilian music started in the early 90’s. I studied music at different music schools in Sweden and was turned on to the lovely and colorful music of Brazil. The melodies, rhythms and harmony, everything fits together so nicely and makes a music so complete and wonderful to my ears and heart.

In 2010 I got to know Nelson Faria and his family when he first came to Sweden to be a guest professor at the Orebro University. I got to play and study with him and more amazing musicians/teachers from Brazil.

I was the recording engineer of the first Tavares – Faria Duo record ”Na Esquina De Mestre Mignone” that can be found on cdbaby.com. During the recording sessions we had some time left and did a quick recording of one of my favorite Brazilian songs, Dindi. I overdubbed a bass part with my fretless spruce Kala Ubass

 

I started to record songs in 2012 for my first album featuring my first Kala UBass.
I decided to have jazz and Brazil music as a focus and ”Jag vet att vi ses snart igen/Manhã De Carnaval” is one of the songs I have recorded. I have already pre-released a few other songs from this project on bandcamp.com please go there and have a listen if you haven’t already.

I think the version of ”Jag vet att vi ses snart igen/Manhã De Carnaval” is really special because of the bi-lingual duet I perform with the amazing Brazilian vocalist Ilessi. Please check out her music on Facebook. I met her when she was in Sweden as a part of an exchange program between one of the Universitys in Rio de Janeiro (UniRio) and the University of Orebro here in Sweden. I studied at this University back in the 90’s and have also worked there as a teacher.

Carlos Fuchs and Ilessi during the recording session of the Portuguese vocal parts at Estúdio Tenda da Raposa in Rio de Janeiro.

Illessi recorded her vocal part at Estúdio Tenda da Raposa in Rio de Janeiro engineered by Carlos Fuchs. The rest of the song is recorded here in Sweden by me. Both in my studio and at a friends house. I’m very happy and proud of my fellow musicians in this recording. They have all contributed in such a great and musical way.

Big, big thanks to Ilessi, Tommy, Daniel and Lasse!

I really hope you will love our version and that you can feel the all the love put into this project. I’m so glad it can finally see the light of day!

Please have a look at the video that features this song and feel free to share it around!

The song can be bought at several digital outlets as (Apple iTunes, cdbaby.com, Google Play…) and can also be streamed (Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, Pandora, YouTube Music). Some of these services might not be available in your country but someone of the hopefully will!

Personel on the recording of ”Jag vet att vi ses snart igen/Manhã De Carnaval”

Ilessi, vocals
Magnus Sjöquist, vocals and kala ubass
Tommy Nilsson, accordion
Daniel Björnmo, acoustic guitar
Lasse Fhager, percussion

Buy (or stream) the song from any of these services:

iTunes

CDBaby

Spotify

Tidal

Amazon.com

Amazon.de

…and 24 more services 🙂

Musik är livet! / A música é vida! / Music is life!
/Magnus

Video Premiere of a special song next Friday, July 7. See teaser video now!

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Hi,

Next week I will release a very special song. Its meant to show my love for Brazil and Brazilian music. It’s a bi-lingual duet of one of the most famous Brazilian songs.

Please have look at this studio sessions teaser and prepar for the video premiere next Friday, July 7.

Can hardly wait letting you see and hear the whole song and let you know more about it!

New Music and trio featuring the Kala SUB through effect pedals!

Almir, Henrique and me in Brasilia, Brazil (May 2015)

Hi,

In May I visited Brazil for the first time and met a lot of nice people including Henrique and Almir. Read more in this post

Last week we met again…but now in my studio in Sweden! We started to jam and came up with some new music. 

One of the things we played was built on two short bass parts (bass bits). It has a very loose form and one version turned out to be 13 minutes! 

I used a Kala SUB with the new Kala Metal Round Wound strings. I went back and forth between a dry Ubass sound and a FX chain. This was the FX chain: Kala SUB Solid Body Ubass (with Kala round wound strings) > RMI Basswitch (the built in DI sends the signal to my Apollo Audio Interface) > In the parallel loop I used this chain: Boss OC-2 Octaver > Electro Harmonix BassBalls > Boss SYB-5 Bass Synth controlled by an Boss FV-500L Expression pedal. > Aguilar bass amp (Tone Hammer 500) and cab (SL-112). This time for monitor only.

Below is a link to a shorter version of the jam. (The whole song might be released in the future!)

Hope you like the music the cool sound of the Ubass and of course great playing by Henrique and Almir!

Henrique Alvim, guitar
Almir Cassio, drums
Magnus Sjoquist, Kala SUB

Playubass in Brazil 2015!

Playing a gig at the pub, Stadt Bier in Brasilia, Brazil

In the end of May 2015 I did my first ever trip to Brazil! I have been listening to Brazilian music since the early 90’s and have played Brazilian music for quite some time too. See previous posts with a Brazilian content: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 7 |

Finally being able to travel to Brazil was a very big thing for me!

The main reason for this trip was to visit schools and find out ways to set up some kind of exchange program between the school where I work in Sweden and schools in the capital city of Brazil, Brasilia.

I had a really busy travel plan with several visits booked for almost everyday of the eight-day trip. These visits were to different schools with arts and music focus. I’ll try to write more about this later. We’ll see what happens with these ”might-be” exchanges. It’s interesting to see how it unfolds and evolves.

Besides these visits I also got to play some Music! With me on this trip was my colleague, Eva Stenström. We had prepared some songs we could perform on only bass and vocals. To make the travel easy I brought my spruce Kala Ubass and the new Phil Jones Bass ”Double Four” amp I just bought just before the trip. Traveling with this setup was very nice and I was able to get both the UBass and the amp into the cabin of each flight we did.

I will write more about the Phil Jones Double Four in a future blog post. Until then you can check it out on the company’s webpage.

Kala Ubass and Phil Jones Bass Double Four at Café C’est La Vie

Me and Eva did a few workshops involving playing, different vocal techniques and I also did a short live looping workshop featuring the TC Electronic Ditto looper. If someone is interested in knowing more about live looping with the ubass (and other instruments) please let me know and I could make a series of posts on the subject! Send an email to ubasslessons@gmail.com [Older post featuring Ubass and the ditto looper!]

We met a lot of really great musicians and teachers and students at all three schools we visited. A very big thanks for taking such good care of us. Extra big thanks to: Lucas at Escola de Musica, Henrique at Escola de Choro, Antenor and Alexei at University of Brasilia, William and Barbara for giving us a great tour of Brasilia!

Workshop and concert at Escola de Musica, Brasilia

Besides playing as a duo we also got joined bit different Brazilian musicians and also got the change to sit in on a concert and also do a ”club” gig with two great Brazilian musicians that will come to Sweden this fall. I hope we will be able make some more music together. Stay tuned!

There isn’t that many recorded videos from this trip but I will let you hear some music bits and pieces. See this video! There is also a gallery of photos from our workshops, concerts and some scenic ones too!

It was a great trip with lots of interesting meets with universal language of music as a great common ground! Thanks to everyone that made our first trip so fantastic!

Some links you check out!
Lucas de Campos, guitarist and professor at Escola de Musica
One of his projects (Text in Portuguese)

Choro pra Cinco (A great Choro group!) Link to YouTube-video

Info about the great bass player Oswaldo Amorim (and also about the late great Nico Assumpção)

Great Facebook page about Brazilian bass: Baixobrasil

Lucas Fernandes, bass player, there is also a Ubass track on his Soundcloud!

Henrique Alvim, guitar player. Check out his band A Engrenagem

Paula Zimbres – a great bass player I met and heard in Brasilia

Paula played with Sergio Boré at Clube do Choro!
See video below!

The schools and some places we visited
Escola de Musica
Escola de Choro
Universidade de Brasilia
Clube do Choro

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Play Music,
Magnus

[Gig Report] Jammin’ with my Kala UBass | 23 ”Surfboard”

Hi!

On the Brazilian Night concert mentioned in an earlier post we played the Jobim classic ”Surfboard” (Jobim). Why not play along with us! You can hear the original version in a previous post. Let me know if you want a PDF with the bass part!

If you play-along please try to mimic the surdu drum by emphasizing the second quarter note of every bar and play the first quarter note ‘lightly’. (BTW the time signature is 2/4!). To get the best effect play the first quarter note really soft. In that way you don’t have to play the second quarter note that hard to make it ‘stand out’!

These blog posts also feature Brazilian music! post post post

Good Luck!

[Studio Report] Duo Recording with Nelson Faria

 

Magnus and Nelson in the studio

Hi!

This Tuesday [April 24] morning I recorded with the great Nelson Faria. Read about him here and at [www.nelsonfaria.com/music]

I will post some ”audio/video-snippets” from the recording but we’ll start with a couple of pics 🙂

Please note that I recorded the UBass both direct (from my Headway EDB-1, see this post) and with two different microphones. I’m writing a seperate blog post on the use of microphones to record the acoustic tone of the UBass. Stay tuned for more on this topic!

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Playing Brazilian music on the UBass!

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One of the songs we play, "Surfboard", composed by Tom Jobim

Hi!

I have a big interest in Brazilian music. Its rhythms and beautiful melodies makes me feel good and I really like both listening to and playing the different styles from Brazil. In the previous post you can read about a CD that will be released in March featuring great Brazilian music. This CD will be a good place to hear great music played on cello and guitar. I had the privilege engineering, editing and mixing this!. Check it out!

I have been playing (and singing, in english and occational ‘fake’ portuguese) Brazilian music for quite some time. If you have followed this blog you probably remember that I have blogged about this before. See these previous posts: Black Orpheus and Dindi.

When the opportunity to attend a special course in Brazilian Popular Music at the University of Orebro (where I also teach sound engineering) I immediately enrolled! I want to know more about the music and its history. My goal is to get an over all better understanding, and hopefully a better feel, for how to play the music in a traditional way. Then I’ll try to make it, little by little, ‘my own’. Playing Brazilian inspired music is truly something I can’t be without!

The University of Örebro has a partnership with the UniRio University in Rio de Janeiro. Thanks to that we are able to meet different guest professors from Rio during this course! They talk about the history, and show/teach us songs from different eras and styles! It’s really great! Towards the end of the course there will be a drummer and bass player teaching styles originated in the Nort East of Brazil. I’m really looking forward to that!

Tomorrow it’s time for a new lecture/ensemble playing experience in the Popular Brazilian Music course! I can hardly wait!

The course will end in mid March with a concert at the Orebro Jazz Club. We will play song in the different ensembles and with the guest proffesors and musicians. Great fun!