Susanna Lindeborg´s
MWENDO DAWA

Susanna Lindeborg piano, keyboard, computer Ove Johansson tenor sax, EWI, computer
Jimmi Roger Pedersen bass, computer David Sundby drums

 

Mwendo Dawa

 

Experience MWENDO DAWA! Jazz - freeform - fusion - avant garde - electro acoustic music or just MWENDO DAWA! The group from the start led and developed by Susanna Lindeborg and Ove Johansson is not only fronting these two musicians but also consists of four very strong personalities and four utterly skillful musicians and improvisers.

To be able to completely understand and comprehend the music of Mwendo Dawa you should have to listen to the whole catalogue of the group from the late 70th until today with a very modern sound and searching for new forms and expression. All the time with the acoustic instruments in focus but with the developement of electronic instruments and later on computers as a basis for musical expression. But it is not necessary to follow the whole musical trip - you can just accept the music and give yourself time to listen!

SUSANNA LINDEBORG´S MWENDO DAWA is always an adventure listening to. They were a bit of pioneers when the group was formed in the 70th when it came to combining expression of Jazz and traditional instruments together with the possibilities given by new instruments of the time. And they still are. Mwendo Dawa has also during the years been a nursery for several well known Swedish musicians like bass players Anders Jormin and Lars Danielsson and guitar player Ulf Wakenius.

Musically MWENDO DAWA is now working with improvisation in serial technique with electro acoustical backgrounds but with a strong rythmical approach.

The group is still now as much pioneers as ever before. MWENDO DAWA is updated on all frontiers, the musical vision is still there but has changed and grown not only together with technological progress. The question rises if not MWENDO DAWA is better than ever before.


Mwendo Dawa

When you realise that "Mwendo Dawa" means "the way to a special goal" in Swahili, you know you«re in for an unusual group. The cuts here are urban jungle all the way, and they gain impact with repeated listening. Down Beat, USA

The classical trained pianoplayer Susanna Lindeborg shows not to be only a superb instrumenalist but also a composer of great talent. Jazz Podium, Germany

Mwendo Dawa sounds really like - Mwendo Dawa - and I think that John Coltrane would smile in his heaven above, if he could hear how well his inheritance is kept on in this northern cold. OrkesterJournalen, Sweden Enter the Outloop is definitely an acquired taste.  JazzTimes USA

Recommended CD for import. SwingJournal Japan

I get more and more fond of the CD - the Danish market needs Mwendo Dawa
Anders Kirkegaard, Jazz Special Denmark

Selected discografics:

 

"Basic Lines"
"Live at Montreux"
"Mwendo Dawa80"
"Free Lines"
"New York Lines"
"Four Voices"
"Street Lines"
"Mwendo Dawa at Northsea Jazzf"
"City Beat"
"Dimensions"
"Human Walk"
“Live is here again"
"The New Scene"
"Enter the outloop"
”Breathing Clusters”
"Live in Göteborg"
"time sign"
"Live at Fasching"
"A taste of four free minds"
“Mwendo Dawa Music”
  Sonet SLP2634
Dragon DRLP28
Dragon DRLP30
Dragon DRLP33
Dragon DRLP41
Dragon DRLP47
Dragon DRLP72
Dragon DRLP78
Dragon DRLP92
Dragon DRLP123
Dragon DRLP155
LJ RecordsLJCD5203
LJ Records LJCD5208
LJ Records LJCD5211
LJ Records LJCD5217
LJ Records LJCD5225
LJ Records LJCD5234
LJ Records LJCD5244
LJ Records LJCD5248
LJ Records LJCD5256
     

 

Reviews:
Time Sign LJCD5234
http://www.jazzreview.com/index.php/reviews/latest-cd-reviews/item/20919-
http://www.nordische-musik.de/1402-Susanna-Lindborg

Live at Fasching LJCD5244
http://www.jazzreview.com/index.php/reviews/latest-cd-reviews/item/25188
http://www.jazztimes.com/articles/19767-live-at-fasching-susanna-lindeborg-s-mwendo-dawa
http://www.lira.se/article.asp?articleid=1173
http://italia.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=1836

A taste of four free minds LJCD5248
http://jazztimes.com/articles/24483-a-taste-of-four-free-minds-susanna-lindeborg-s-mwendo-dawa
http://www.lira.se/article.asp?articleid=2830

 

 

Download and/or listen to the CDs of Mwendo Dawa at NAXOS classicsonline:

LJCD5203

LJCD5208 LJCD5211 LJCD5217
5203 5208 5211 5217

“Live is here again" 1990

 

"The New Scene" 1993 "Enter the outloop" 1995 ”Breathing Clusters” 1998
LJCD5225

LJCD5234 LJCD5244 LJCD5248
5225 5234 5244 5248
"Live in Göteborg" 2001 "time sign" 2003 "Live at Fasching" 2006

"A taste of four free minds" 2008

 

LJCD5226

   

 

5225    

 

 

Mwendo Dawa Music” 2012    

 

 

 

Selected festivals and concerts:

 

Montreux Jazzfestival
Northsea JazzFestival
Montreal Jazzfestival
Mardel Jazz, Buenos Aires
Middelheim Jazzfestival, Belgium
Prague Jazzfestival
Jazz nad Odra, Wroclaw, Polen
Ljubljana Jazzfestival
Kongsberg Jazzfestival
Vossa Jazz
Coutance Jazzfestival
Leverkusen Jazzfestival, Germany

  Barbican Centre, London
S:t Peters Church, New York
Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium
UN building, New York
Musée de l´Art Modern, Paris
CNMAT, Berkeley University, CA
Stanford University, CA
Primavera la Habana, Cuba
Berlin Jazzfestival
Vilnius Jazzfestival, Litauen
Nine Gates Jazzfestival Beijing

MWENDO DAWA at Myspace:
www.myspace.com/mwendodawa

 

 

MWENDO DAWA at Youtube:
www.youtube.com/artelljay

Watch and listen to previous recordings:
www.youtube.com/user/MwendoDawaClassic

Photos:
www.lj-records.se/images.html

www.myspace.com/mwendodawa/photos

 

Distribution  

NAXOS classicsonline

Naxosmusiclibrary

     

 

SUSANNA LINDEBORG started as a classical pianist before she got into improvised music. She began working as a professional jazzmusician during the late seventies and then added synthesizer to her keyboard work. Today you can also hear her in the LINDEBORG/JOHANSSON DUO and she is also performing solo doing a improvisational performance together with her computers doing electroacoustical backgrounds. Her first soloCD came1989, and this record gave her some recognition and led to work in Germany together with other European and American musicians and radio and TV performances.

Susanna's style is powerful and she uses the electronical keyboards very tastefully and is careful with æsthetic form. Her third solo came 2010 called "Excursions". Four duoCDs together with Ove Johansson are released - the latest "Thoughtful World" 2010. And with the group NATURAL ARTEFACTS together with PA Nilsson, computer, presenting Live electronics, came two CD releases. Susanna's style is powerful and she uses piano and electronical keyboards very tastefully. 

www.myspace.com/susannalindeborg

 

  Susanna

Ove

 

 

OVE JOHANSSON tenorsax, EWI has since the end of the fifties been leading his own groups and been a driving force of the Swedish jazz scene, he is also musical director of MWENDO DAWA. Although he has been very active on the Swedish jazz scene since several years his most rewarding efforts has been with MWENDO DAWA.

Ove Johansson's musical work stretches all the way from straight ahead, free form and electronic jazz to the acoustic and electroacoustical mix of today. With MWENDO DAWA he has been able to present his music throughout the world- both in Europe and North and South America, and he has produced 32 albums with his own material and with the group. You can also listen to his five solo releases - his most recent is “Coast” from 2010.

The style of Ove Johansson has always been very personal with a powerful and intense performance and a sound and technique you seldom hear in Europe. Contrary to a lot of other players, he has not got caught in the style he began to play in, but has during the years all the time been renewing his own playing and musical expression as well as MWENDO DAWA´s. He is always in the frontline according to new music. Since 1989 he has his own record label LJ Records to present his own and new Scandinavian jazz music internationally.

www.myspace.com/ovejohanssontenorsax

JIMMI ROGER PEDERSEN (1965), Danish double bass player and composer, born and raised in Copenhagen. After a short time at Rhythmic Music Conservatory JRP began to work as a professional musician: First in an intense period of engagements in the Copenhagen jazz and club scene, then as a house bass player at ”Dennis Swing Club ” in Hamburg as well as club, studio and festival gigs i Europe plus solo playing. Been touring a lot both as a accompanist and a member of different groups internationally and recorded radio and television broadcasts plus music documentary film. As the duo with pianist Horace Parlan for more than 10 years. Today living in the country near Copenhagen. JRP has his own label and released two solo bass CD s consisting of all original music. Besides concert activity is the Danish bass tradition also carried on by the teaching. JRP also made his own publishing and released 4 booklets in the series ”Scandinavian Double Bass Technique ”.This school of bass explains and develops a technique that highly bears the impress of the deceased NHØP.

www.myspace.com/jimmirogerpedersen

 

Jimmy Roger

 

Jimmy Roger

 

  DAVID SUNDBY drums, is Norwegian and a multi-instrumentalist. David is a great creative musician whose playing is very spontanous. His is one of the most significant players of Scandinavia today, and his playing stretches all the way from total technical and theoretical
control to completely free playing. He has been a member of Mwendo Dawa for a long time and has been touring internationally with the group and been very much contributing to the special sound of Mwendo Dawa. He came in his early 20th to Sweden, made his studies in Gothenburg and has since then played with a lot of both Swedish and Norwegian groups and musicians. He has been active in Norway playing at many of their Jazz festivals and performed with musicians like Philippe Catherine and George Garzone. He has also a dramatic side and is doing solo performances where his lively expression is deeply appreciated.

For contact:
Susanna Lindeborg/Ove Johansson
Mästarevägen 9
SE-305 72 Steninge
Sweden
Tel. +46 35 51139

ove.johansson@lj-records.se   susanna@lj-records.se
LJ Records, Box 9, SE-310 42 Haverdal, Sweden
ove.johansson@lj-records.se