“Brevet” is a collaboration between Jörgen Pettersson, one of the most respected saxophone players in contemporary music, and Håkan Lidbo. The album is built around the recordings from one afternoon’s improvisations. The dynamic, acoustic recordings of Jörgen’s saxophones filtered, edited and manipulated through Håkan’s electronics.
Live at Musikverein, Wien:
Qs to Håkan:
Who are you and what’s your story?
My name is Håkan Lidbo and I’m a music producer, song-writer, radio- and TV producer, festival curator, smartphone app producer… and so forth…
How did you get to where you are right now?
I’ve released almost 300 records over 20 years and played live at most civilized places where people enjoy electronic music. I’ve also worked on a record label for some years and now I run a publishing company representing some of the finest experimental electronic artists in Sweden.
What is this record about?
It’s a musical dialogue. The sound possibilities of the saxophones inspire and feed the electronics and the other way. It’s also a conversation, a musical discussion, between me and Jörgen, about how we relate to music.
Please describe the recording process.
All sound material was recorded one afternoon in Studio 53, the home of Stockholm Saxophone Quartet. Then the material was edited and processe in Container Studios. When we play live, we repeat this process bu the opposite way. Sort of.
How do you perform this live?
I feed the sounds from Jörgen’s saxophones into my computer. I’ve created series of loop processors in Ableton live and build rhythm patterns from the sounds he create in the moment. Adn those rhythm inspire Jörgen to play new things.
What was the most difficult with this project?
No difficulties really. Except to reach out. To get people interested in an album that consist only of sounds from three saxophones, treated through a laptop computer. But even though the album is created from some sort of dogma, it’s very versatile and there are thousands of weird sounds to discover. All coming from these beautiful instruments.
What does the title ”Brevet” mean?
It means ”The Letter” which reffers to a letter I sent to Jörgen I think like 16 years ago. I saw him perform on some show on TV and I was deeply impressed. So I wrote him a letter and told him about the music I was doing then. And also a cassette with some examples, suggesting a collaboration of some sort. Off course Jörgen never replied. My demos probably sounded like shit. But then we met in 2010 somewhere in Stockholm and started talking. Jörgen remembered me and the letter. He still has it today, somewhere in one of many unmarked boxes at his attic. We decided we should try to collaborate somehow – and now we’re here. The first album is out and in a way it’s thanks to that letter.
Why should I buy this record?
Because I think it might be inspiring to hear our way of making music. You will definitely be amazed by Jörgens innovative way of treating his instruments. And you will hear chamber music at its best. At least that’s what I think.