Haven't been writing anything here for a long time. Simply been a little too occupied with other stuff.
Embarked my spring tour on February 23rd in Copenhagen, DK, in a blizzard! The show was sold out but not all the attendants made it
through the storm. If they could they would have witnessed the debut of a new constallation, namely "The Swedes meets The Danes" aka Fredrik Landh (Bass, SE), Micke Dahlén (Drums, SE), Rune Funch (Gtr, DK) and me. Wonderful combination of talent and
the different musical upbringing of the two Scandinavien countries. Not everyone know this but there is a remarkable "cultural difference" in the way Danes and Swedes approach the music. My goal will always be to try and connect as many people of this earth
as possible and music is a perfect forum for doing exactly that.
The constallation maintained for the first leg of the DK tour - from Feb 23rd thru March 23rd. Then we did a concert at Örebro Konserthus (SE) with an all-swedish band (Fredrik, Micke
+ guitarist Clas Olofsson). For the second leg (April 1st thru May 4th) we got back to an all-danish outfit with Rune, Assi Roar (Bass) and Kristoffer Sonne (Drums) Kristoffer has been living and working in London for the last 20 years with artists like The
Pretenders, James Morrison, James Blunt a.m.o. but has recently moved back to DK. What a great musician he is! So musical, so awake and such a great listener. So happy to have worked with him!
Along with all this I managed to find the time to take the
recordings from our show in November 2016 at O Gib, a wonderful club in Montreuil-Sur-Seine just outside Paris, to the legendary Sweet Silence Studios North to mix and master it with the even more legendary producer/sound engineer Flemming Rasmussen who, among
lots of other stuff, produced the four first Metallica albums. Actually Flemming appear on 16th place on a list of alltime greatest producers. Pretty cool, I reckon. It goes without saying that what he did with these live recordings truly sounds amazing. He
is a genius as well as a great friend. The album is released on CD and will be released on vinyl September 2017. You can read a review of the album here: http://www.zicazic.com/zicazine/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=14033
Back on the road, the last week of April we had a couple af substitutes for Rune and Kristoffer, the young and gifted gentlemen Joel Gjærsbøl Pedersen (gtr) and Asger Møller (Drums). Both of them super musical and dedicated to the music.
A lovely encounter.
On May the 5th I went to Cambridge, UK, and played three shows with a "Cambridgian" rhythm section, the fabulous Fabian Bonner (bass) and the irrestistable Ian Griffith (drums) a lovely pair of blokes, sensitive and musical, as well
as damn good company. We finished at our favourite Cambridge venue The Flying Pig, which showed itself as lovely as ever.
Back home for a little over a week, then off to France on May the 19th to do eight shows in and outside Paris: solo, duo and quartet
- either with two guitars (guitarist Xavier Derouin) or gtr/keys (Keyboardist Johan Dalgaard). Also did a duo show with the Israeli guitarist Daniel Misrahi.
One of the many wonderful experiences was playing with an all-french band. Being the only Dane
somehow felt very liberating. No strings attached to the past, only the present mattered, and what fantastic players: bass player Laurent is among the absolute best bass players I've ever worked with: steady as a rock and at the same time with a totally developed
sensitivity that enables him to be free musically and lead by his super sharp intuition. He is somehow also able to play whatever's needed to connect all the different tempraments in a given constallation which is the mark of a true master. I bow my head in
awe and respect. And having that kind of bass player next to him French master drummer Raphaël Chassin - who also appears on the Live In Paris album - really showed me what he's made of: a nasty groove combined with a bunch of different sounds and textures,
not unlike a certain mr. Keltner, and a never failing determination to make the absolute best possible of the songs. He understands the moods and messages of the songs, even the hidden ones, better than most people I know. I was really moved by playing with
these cats - and of course Johan Dalgaard who is just amazing both on an artistic and a humanic level. He seems to know my music better than I do myself and is a 100% supportive towards all people. An example of compliance. I must not forget American drummer
Jeff Broudreaux who played the last show with us and brought some of his New Orleans background into the music which worked absolutely excellent! Great musician and great friend as well.
Johan Dalgaard is not only a great musician; he's also a producer
in demand these years and by virtue of this he invited me to play a studio session with French icon singer/songwriter/composer Alain Chamfort. Alain could be described as the French equivalent to Leonard Cohen; deep voice, low key songs, a great lyricist both
melancolic and humourous and a good looking gentleman. I played on seven of his beautiful songs and really enjoyed it. Hope to do more of that later in life…
Will be back with more as life developes…