Track 1 recorded on October 27, 1996 at the Konzerthaus
Track 2 & 3 recorded during the International Music
Festival "Was hören wir?"
Höfgen-Kaditsch (Denkmalschmiede Höfgen), August
31 - September 8, 1996
Sound engineer/ Editing: Thomas Wieber
Design/Layout: Kristina Bahr
Liner Notes: Sabine Sanio
Johansson has never allowed conventional genres to influence
his artistic work. Considering how long he has been working
on transforming every-day things into 'sound objects' it
is not surprising that this musician and performer has been
demonstrating his musical skills in other areas for quite
a while now. Some of this 'sound' material is transformed
into assemblages and visual objects thus transcending, almost
imperceptibly, the frontiers towards visual arts. When his
performances incorporate linguistic elements and poetic
diction they connect up with the spheres of theatre and
Sven-Åke Johansson, born 1943 in Mariestad (Sweden).
Composer and musician, poet and visual artist, author and
instigator of various music-theatre productions, including
´Die Harke und der Spaten´, ´Über
Ursache und Wirkung der Meinungsverschiedenheiten beim Turmbau
zu Babel´ (with Alexander von Schlippenbach). Numerous
exhibitions, publications and almost 40 LP´s and CD´s.
He played a formative role in the shaping of free European
improvisation. In the sixties, developed the European version
of Free jazz together with Alexander von Schlippenbach,
Peter Kowald and Peter Brötzmann. Long-standing collaboration
with Manfred Schoof, Schlippenbach, Rüdiger Carl and
Hans Reichel. He is best known as a virtuoso percussionist
but he also performs as a singer with free improvised pieces.
Over the last years Johansson has taken part in various
exhibitions finding new audiences for his performance art.
Current compositions: ´Seewetter 69´ (Radio
piece, commissioned by DeutschlandRadio, 2001) as well as
´Polis, Wachs und Pomade´ (Chamber piece for
strings, reeds and voice), Composition commissioned by SWR,
first performance: Donaueschinger Musiktage, October 20,