Freedoms Tree

by Steinar Aadnekvam

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about

After many years on many roads I had to stop and plant my tree. I wanted to make a record with a musical and compositional content that represented all that I am. I wanted to let my dreams come true, all that I was hearing in my mind. Throughout the years there have been ideas, melodies, songs that have been my personal
gems. So precious to me that I have always guarded them until the right moment might one day present itself. In this album are many of them.
A ‘Cold Shower’ is what I really like to refresh the senses, and the tune was written specifically for this project. ‘Hillside’ is a composition that came to me when arriving for the first time at my home in Norsborg, a landscape that is characterized by its surrounding hills and Viking remains. ‘Viva Sagui' is something I wrote in Brazil while visiting a small nature reserve in Moreno (in the state of Pernambuco)-PE, when a group of little sagui monkeys appeared in the tree above me to listen to the captivating rhythmic melody. ‘You Are My Sunshine And My Smile’ was a special event for me. One morning I was sitting on the floor opposite my then 18 month old daughter Francisca. She was watching me playing my guitar and this song, both in the music and the lyrics, just revealed itself. ‘Agradecendo’ meaning ‘giving thanks’ in Portuguese, is a chorinho by the great composer Pixinguinha that I have adapted somewhat in a rather fiery manner. ‘Ecology’ is an alarm call about the state of our planet. Its 12/8 afro groove holds a ‘broken’ blues chorus and its lyrical passages remind us of what is beautiful, while its cutting rhythms and suggestive mood remind us of the urgency of our collective problem. ‘Come With Me’ is a lyrical ballad that belongs to a glittering cold winter’s night, while its whistled chorus is a melody that actually dates back to a composition from my early teens. We end on a happy note in ‘Dare To Dream’, about a love affair - or rather - how we try and god willing, never stop trying.
Lastly, I owe my heart’s joy to the fantastic musicians and their outstanding performances on this album.

Thank you! Steinar Aadnekvam, February 2015

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released April 24, 2015

Steinar Aadnekvam acoustic guitar, voice, whistling (track 7), Jonatan Guzman piano, Patric Thorman bass, Deodato Siquir drums, percussion, voice (track 1), Peter Fredman, flute, (track 4) alto saxophone (track 6), Gustav Orphée Noah lead vocals, (track 3, 4 & 8) whistling (track 3), Santiago Jimenez Borges violin (track 5), Mattias Ståhl vibraphone (track 8), Cecilia Linné cello (track 7)

All compositions by Steinar Aadnekvam except “Agradecendo” by Pixinguinha

Release no: LOS 137-2 EAN: 7090025831379 Recorded at Atlantis Grammofon, Stockholm by Janne Hansson December 5 & 6, 2013. Additional recording at Studio Moose, Värmdö, February and August 2013. Mixed and mastered by
Kalle Persson, January 2015. Produced by Steinar Aadnekvam. Executive producer Odd Gjelsnes. Inside photo by Mariana Menezes Lindén. Front cover painting by Sylva Karin Johansen

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Steinar Aadnekvam Stockholm, Sweden

Steinar Aadnekvam, is one of the most proficient and talked about young guitarists on the Scandinavian jazz scene.

With five albums released to date he is regarded as "One of the most exciting guitar talents in recent years..." (Orkesterjournalen)

"An astonishingly gifted fingerstylist who needs to be heard by fans of Ralph Towner, Toninho Horta, Paco de Lucía and the like." (Jazztimes)
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Track Name: You Are My Sunshine And My Smile (feat. Gustav Orphée Noah)
You – You're my sunshine and my smile.
You're what makes it all worthwhile.
Just Look at me and I'll give you a smile.
I'll confess that I'm in love.
I'll Hold you close, and it will always be – You and Me.

I can be your baby. I can drive you crazy.
I can be your sugar. I can be your bitter cup of tea.
I can be your moonlight. I can be your spare time.
But most of all I want to be your inspiration, just like you're to me.

Because you're my sunshine and my smile.
You're what makes it all worthwhile.
Just Look at me and I'll give you a smile.
I'll confess that I'm in love.
I'll Hold you close, and it will always be – You and Me.

There are times when we all are lost and wondering
Walking about with no idea as to where to go.
One of those times was when you came in to my life.

Life takes it's turns when we're least expecting solutions.
But then they come along because they had to come,
a matter of question and answer.
One of those times was when you lit the light of my life.

Never thought I would.
Love another person like I love you.
Never thought I could.
Be a lucky one who's dreams come true.
But things have turned around since I got you.

You're my sunshine and my smile.
You're what makes it all worthwhile.
Just Look at me and I'll give you a smile.
I'll confess that I'm in love.
I'll Hold you close, and it will always be – You and Me.
Track Name: Come With Me
Let's fly away now / to a place in our hearts where you and I / can swim in the deep blue sea / and sit neath a mango tree / and sway to a melody / come with me
Track Name: Dare To Dream (feat. Gustav Orphée Noah)
Girl, you're messing with my heart, you're messing with my dreams,
You're messing up my education. Not to mention how you're messing up my work, I'm calling in sick, cos I'm lying – crying, oh! Not again babe.

Dare to dream a little, won't you babe.
Dare to dream a little, won't you babe.
Dare to dream because I will dare to dream of loving you.

I was only out for fun, but tables turned on me, and now I am the one who's longing. Through my sleepless nights I'm staring at the phone,
Just waiting for your call to say you love me, need me, oh! Like I need you babe.

Dare to dream a little, won't you babe.
Dare to dream a little, won't you babe.
Dare to dream because I will dare to dream of loving you.

(Interlude)

Girl it's hurting me to say, I'll have to walk away, I cannot wait forever for you. But if ever you should come to think of me,
dont hesitate to call, cos I adore you, It's true. Oh! Maybe next time you will..

Dare to dream a little, won't you babe.
Dare to dream a little, won't you babe.
Dare to dream because I will dare to dream of loving you.

(interlude)

Dare to dream because I will dare to dream of loving even if you think that I'm a stupid little boy for loving you.