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comes as beautiful 6-pages DigiPack! The recording of this album ended up being a very personal and creative journey for me. From the very outset I decided not to impose any boundaries on my creative processes whatsoever, emplying a more or less “everything and anything goes” approach, trying always to play every single note with “arte”, purpose and a great deal of love and respect. So dear listener. I hope that you will enjoy visiting some of the territories that I have explored during this odyssey.
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Ideally, UNESCO world cultural heritage should not only be appreciated everywhere, but also cultivated far away from its place of origin. Flamenco, which has long since become a cosmopolitan art form, has its offshoots everywhere, even in faraway Japan or Cuba. Robert "Robi" Svärd has been a key contributor to the Swedish "branch" of this originally Andalusian music and life culture. Born in Gothenburg in 1975, the guitarist acquired a taste for his instrument in early childhood. After a long period of study and living in Sydney, Australia, he ended up in the epicenter of flamenco, Seville, Spain. Now back home, Svärd has forged a key link between Sweden and Spain as a musician and operator of a flamenco school. Through his label, his connections also extend to Germany. His third release in six years once again proves Svärd to be a stylistically confident and sensitive instrumentalist and composer. His well-versed, pleasantly unpretentious, sometimes even serene flamenco playing is on a par with that of many colleagues in Spain. The list of his fellow musicians is ample proof of the respect he enjoys and the network he established there during his long stay. Luminaries of the Spanish flamenco scene, such as violinist Bernardo Parrilla and cantaora Sandra Carrasco, are joined in the seven tracks by several compatriots of the guitarist, such as the nyckelharpa player Erik Rydvall. The fact that there are nowhere near as many participants this time around as on the previous album “Alquimia” (2018), which was almost overflowing with personnel, may only be partly due to the pandemic. Intentional or not, less is definitely more on “Del alma” and the approach has been conducive to musicmaking with an airy-clear, yet poetic essence. Right at the beginning of the album, the eponymous “Soléa” reveals Svärd's dedication to tradition. This goes hand in hand with an open-hearted desire for renewal, seen in his tasteful arrangements integrating piano, violin and percussion.
released May 6, 2022
A massive thank you to my friends and colleagues Miguel “El Cheyenne”, Antonio “El Turry”, Sergio “El Colorao”, Sandra Carrasco, Estrella Fernández, Bernardo Parilla, Joan Masana, Ann Sehlstedt, Sara Nilsson, Joel Lyssarides, Livet Nord, Ali Shaker and Erik Rydvall for creating this album with me.
Produced & arranged by Robert 'Robi' Svärd
Recorded at Estudio Los Gitanillos & RS Studios Granada/Gothenburg 2021
Mixed and mastered at Estudios Mirador Sound by Alvaro Mata, Madrid 2021
All tracks composed by Robert 'Robi' Svärd
Track 1, 5: lyrics Sergio “El Colorao”
Track 2: lyrics Antonio “El Turry”
Track 3,6: lyrics José Antonio Corpas López
Track 6: public domain
Cover art by Robert 'Robi' Svärd
(p) & (c) 2022 Asphalt Tango Records GmbH
This is the story of a Swedish guitarist who was invited to a baptism in
Granada, which turned out to be a huge celebrity party in the flamenco world. And it just so happened that his own role models were courting him, wanting to meet and shake hands. It was like a dream....more
Six hands pick up electrically generated notes and turn them into acoustic anthems on their instrument of choice: the accordion. All of a sudden a "playstation" offers more than 100 buttons! Robert 'Robi' Svärd
Your music is with me in this hot summer while working on the vegetable fields and in tomato tunnels, and I feel connected to all the co-workers from Romania.
What a brilliant album! I can't wait to see your performance in Switzerland this fall. founchopf
Raso's got a lot going on here and it's all good! There's some Django sounding more traditional Gypsy tunes, some Latin kicks like "Tres Pistoleros" and "Playa de la Ropa" and of course the gypsybilly as advertised. A guitar genius, inspired and versatile songwriter, and master of all the shades of cool. xpatofthemind