1. Arena - Solo Version (2004) Solo Percussion Johan Bridger Publ. Edition Svitzer 2. Phantasmagoria (2004) Solo Marimba Patrick Raab Publ. Keyboard Percussion Publications 3. 6&8 (2002) Solo Snare Drum, Bass Drum and Hi-Hat Lennart Gruvstedt Publ. Keyboard Percussion Publications 4. Twilight (2001) Marimba Quartet Patrick Raab, Christoffer Gräntz, Lennart Gruvstedt, Johan Bridger Publ. Keyboard Percussion Publications 5. Nordic Peace (2003) Percussion Quartet Patrick Raab, Christoffer Gräntz, Lennart Gruvstedt, Johan Bridger Publ. Keyboard Percussion Publications 6. Bridging the World (2004) Marimba/Vibraphone/Percussion Trio Patrick Raab, Christoffer Gräntz, Johan Bridger Publ. Edition Svitzer 7 -13. Faces (2002) I. ritmico II. Molto tranquillo III. Vivace con forza - legato sostenuto IV. Mobile V. energico VI. Molto tranquillo VII. ^#^agitato espressivo Solo Marimba/Vibraphone, 4 Percussionists and Piano Patrick Raab - Solo Mar/Vib, Christoffer Gräntz, Lennart Gruvstedt, Johan Bridger, Bo Håkansson - Percussion, Olof Löfgren - Piano Publ. Keyboard Percussion Publication The opening number of this CD, Arena, is from my percussion concerto of the same name, here arranged as a solo piece. In the orchestral version I have three separate percussion stations spread out over the stage, whereas in the solo piece I have only one of these. Johan Bridger, who performs on the recording, has, in the cadenza at the end of the piece, added an individual and free improvisation based on material from the orchestral version. Among other things, he produces a five-layered section of polyrhythm. Phantasmagoria is at present my only solo work for marimba-the only one I care to recognize, that is! Phantasmagoria is a constantly changing medley of real and imagined images, as in a dream. Patrick Raab performs the work with his characteristically unfettered attitude-let loose and it will come! I wrote 6&8 for my own percussion graduation concert and it is, of course, written in 6/8 time. It draws on inspiration I brought home with me from a trip to West Africa some years ago. Lennart Gruvstedt performs the work on snare drum, hi-hat and bass drum. 6&8 is followed by Twilight, a piece originally composed for two marimbas but performed here in a version for four. This piece focuses on basic ideas of color and chordal transformations: for example in the opening phrase, as chords are passed around from duo to duo in an attempt to produce sustained notes on marimba, almost as though it were a string orchestra. Nordic Peace, orchestrated for quartet has a "beaty" character and was inspired by, among other sources, a drum kit fill-in on George Benson's That's Right, performed by the drummer Michael Bland. Simply put, it is a game of melodies in rhythm, accents and tonal colors. The trio Bridging the World is based on the Chaconne by J.S. Bach from the partita in d minor for solo violin. The Chaconne is a work with immense personal significance for me, which is why I took the liberty to borrow from it-my sincere thanks and apologies to Bach! I also wrote Faces for my graduation concert. The work is comprised of seven short character pieces for solo marimba/vibraphone, four percussionists and piano. The solo line is not soloistic in a traditional sense but takes a non-hierarchal stance in the whole. The piece has a temporally symmetrical shape and thematically based construction between the outer movements, with the fourth movement as a free-standing central point. Tobias Broström The Ensemble Malmö Percussion Edition grew from the Malmö Percussion Ensemble, an ensemble formed by the late Bent Lylloff, professor in percussion at both the Royal Danish College of Music, Copenhagen and the Malmö Academy of Music. The ensemble was formed in the 1970s and survived into the 1990s, during which time it toured extensively in Europe and USA, gave the premiere performances of many contemporary works, and made many critically acclaimed recordings. The common link with today's ensemble is Lennart Gruvstedt, one of the original members of the Malmö Percussion Ensemble. The quintet Malmö Percussion Edition has existed in it's current form since 2003 and it's current members - Lennart Gruvstedt, Johan Bridger, Patrick Raab, Bo Håkansson and Christoffer Gräntz - have undertaken a number of acclaimed performances, tours and recordings for radio. The ensemble has also performed and participated at a number of percussion festivals. Tobias Broström - Arena is the group's first CD recording. Lennart Gruvstedt was born in Ystad, Sweden in 1955 and grew up surrounded by music in a family of percussionists. Following musical studies at the Malmö Academy of Music with Professor Bent Lylloff and the legendary Ed Thigpen. He has performed with many of the finest musicians from all over the world, in many different settings - experiences that have helped shape his own unique musicianship. Lennart has been a member of Malmö Percussion Ensemble; the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Copenhagen; and has held the Drum Chair in the Danish Radio Bigband from 1978-1990. He was also a member of Niels-Henning Örsted Pedersen's trio and Palle Mikkelborg's Entrance for many years. The list of musicians Lennart has collaborated with is an impressive one: Miles Davis, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, Hermeto Pasqual, Van Morrison, Thoots Thielemanns, Eddie Harris, Nils Landgren, Håkan Hardenberger and many more. Lennart also teaches at the Malmö Academy of Music where he has been head of Percussion since 1980. His fellow percussionists on this recording, including composer Tobias Broström, are all former students of his. Patrick Raab, born in 1977, is a chamber and orchestral percussionist in great demand in Scandinavia and Europe. Since his symphonic debut, at the age of 19 with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Patrick has frequently performed with orchestras such as the Swedish National Orchestra in Gothenburg, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Radio, Malmö Opera Orchestra and Deutscher Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Patrick is also a member of Malleus Incus and regularly performs with Malmö Percussion Edition. Since August 2001, Patrick has been principal percussionist with the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Copenhagen. Bo Håkanson, born in 1970, works as percussionist, timpanist and drummer in Sweden and Denmark. He studied at the Malmö Academy of Music from 1989-1994 and was winner of the 1st prize in the International Percussion Competition, Luxembourg in both 1992 and 1999. In 2003 Bo performed as soloist in the Scandinavian premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage's Double Percussion Concerto, and toured Sweden with the same work two years later. In November 2007 he will be featured soloist in the Scandinavian premiere of Heinz Karl Gruber's Percussion Concerto with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Johan Bridger was born in 1976. Following his debut with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in May 2004, Johan consolidated his breakthrough the same year by being awarded the 1st prizes in both the Swedish Soloist Prize and the Belgium International Marimba Duo Competition, recording a solo CD for Caprice Records, and finally making acclaimed debut performances at both the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in USA and the Wigmore Hall in London. His premiere performance of Broström's Arena - Percussion Concerto No. 1 in Malmö 2004 was highly acclaimed and he has subsequently performed this work with the Helsingborg, Gävle and Umeå Symphony Orchestras in Sweden. Johan currently teaches the marimba at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark. Christoffer Gräntz was born in Halmstad, Sweden in 1976. His interest in music began very early: by at the age of 3 he had started learning the piano and he went on to learn saxophone and finally his favorite - percussion. He studied with Lennart Gruvstedt at the Malmö Academy of Music and has worked with many prestigious ensembles. Since 2002 he has been employed as percussionist and timpanist with the Malmö Opera and Music Theatre Orchestra and he also performs as soloist, as chamber musician in various ensembles, and composes. Olof Löfgren was born in 1977 and began playing the piano at the age of six. Ten years later he was introduced to jazz - and was hooked! He studied music for two years in Arvika, Sweden, followed by four years at the Malmö Academy of Music. Following graduation he was offered a position teaching jazz piano, ensemble and theory at Sigfrids Folkhögskola in Växjö, Sweden. In addition to holding this position, Olof performs regularly in a variety of ensembles and also composes for his own band. Tobias Broström was born in 1978 in Helsingborg, Sweden. Following four years of percussion studies at the Malmö Academy of Music, he embarked on the pursuit of a Master's degree in composition, studying with the Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson and the Italian composer Professor Luca Francesconi. A percussionist himself, Tobias has composed many works for percussion. He has also composed electro-acoustic music, music for film and dance, chamber music and orchestral works including Transit Underground, Crimson Skies, Crimson Seas, Kaléidoscope and Arena - Percussion Concerto No. 1, which was composed for Johan Bridger. Numerous soloists, ensembles and orchestras, including Håkan Hardenberger, Anna Larsson, Simon Preston, Karen Gomyo, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlandsoperan, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Third Coast Percussion Quartet, Malleus Incus, Gageego, Esclats Percussion Quartet and BIT20 have performed his works. Tobias' solo and chamber music have been performed throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. He was awarded scholarships from the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm from 2004-2006 and from the Swedish Performing Rights Society in 2006. In 2004 he was awarded the Rosenborg - Gehrmans composition scholarship. His music is published by Gehrmans, Edition Svitzer and Keyboard Percussion Publications. Since the autumn of 2006, Tobias has been Composer-in-Residence with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra under principal conductor Robin Ticciati, resulting in the composition of two new orchestral works each year. The first of these, Crimson Seas, was selected by Swedish Radio to represent Sweden in the European Broadcasting Union's International Rostrum of Composers in 2007. Recorded: Rosenbergssalen, Malmö, June 31 - July 4, 2006 (Track 2 - 13), Helsingborg's Concert Hall April 6, 2007 (Track 1). Recording Producers, Balance Engineers and Editing: Tomas Erlandsson, Tobias Broström Mixed at Beach House Music Studio Liner Notes: Tobias Broström Translation: Ian Peaston Layout and graphic design: C-Y contemporary Made in Sweden, [C] & [P] 2008 C-Y contemporary All rights reserved.