ANNA HOLMGREN

MUSIC

Music is my profession as a teacher of flute, as well as a musician. There’s always music around me, but music is most valuable for me as a therapeutic tool. Alone with my piano, improvising or creating music. Toning myself into the music, almost as I become the music I play or compose. A very powerful experience! I don’t listen so much to music anymore, there's too much sound all day at work, and silence has become important for me to be able to play and compose myself. Sometimes it’s like silence gives music to me, melodies can rise from silence. But of course, sometimes I just need to listen to some music to get energy or relaxation! But I listened to far more music before working full time as a music teacher!

FLUTE

When I was nine years old I was at a presentation from the musical school where all instruments you could choose the learn there were presented. There was a boy playing the flute and I was hypnotized! It wasn’t a choice really, I was supposed to play the flute and as I and my mother went away from the presentation I told her that!

INSPIRATION

My inspiration raises from within, when I shut down the thinking and” connect” to some kind of creative energy. This” technique” works on just about anything for me, not just music. It’s funny, because at work I teach music with all the rules, time signatures, how to use chord progressions etc. But when I write music I seldom use this in the first process. I hear things in my head that I catch, and then I sometimes have to analyze it afterword’s to write it down, arrange it, and to show others how to play it.

IMPORTANT IN LIFE

To be creative. Creativity is the single most important thing for me. Without it I get so bored that I shut down and becomes apathetic! Creativity is the elixir of life!

FREE TIME

Free time… what is that? When I’m not at my daytime work there’s always something that has to be done in my own business that I have besides my regular work. Or something with Änglagård that has to be done. Besides that, there’s always something I want to learn or create, so I don’t sleep as much as I should! Creating music and photography are my biggest passions, and painting is something I really enjoy! My dream is to be able to live on my creative work and not worry about bills that have to be payed!

FAVORITE ALBUMS

I can’t really choose my definitive favorites, it’s more like different albums have been important to me at different periods during the years. But one album that I never get tired of and put me in some kind of feeling of flow is the album” Remains” by the Swedish saxophone player Joakim Milder. It’s not prog, it’s very lyrical and with a lot of improvisation. People put it in the jazz genre, but for me this is music outside any genre. It feels like this music comes from the same place where I find my own music. I like music that I don’t start to analyze when I'm listening to it. If it sounds constructed and "thought out” it doesn’t click with me!

Some music goes straight into me, and I have this somewhat spacey belief that there is a higher purpose of music, and that there is a place where all music already exists, and that you just have to connect to it with a mind that is as empty and clear as possible, to get access to the exact music that you need for the moment. I believe that the music on albums that I really like largely comes from this source!

ÄNGLAGÅRD

Änglagård has been a part of my life since so many years, and is the reason that I am the person I am today! It’s like my second family: An insane, highly creative, fun, weird, and partly dysfunctional family. A blessing and a curse at the same time!

JOHAN BRAND

MUSIC

My father had his own dance band in the 60's and played of course Hammond organ. That was the path to the music for me, it always played music at home, my two older sisters started listening to progressive rock early, and they had a nice vinyl collection that I grew up with. Music has always been the way I can communicate with in order to survive this earth life.

BASS

I started playing drums when I was about seven years of age. started early different bands with different music directions. Has always played on the keyboard over the years, and I write most of the music on the keyboard. but I began to understand that the bass was really cool when I heard Chris Squire first time. That settled it for which instrument I would start focus on.

INSPIRATION

The Swedish nature is for me the biggest source of inspiration. I only need to go out and lose myself in the woods for the ideas begin to flow.

IMPORTANT IN LIFE

My family, music, privacy.

FREE TIME

Living a quiet life and writes music and walking in the nature.

FAVORITE ALBUMS

  • King Crimson's first seven albums
  • Bo Hansson - Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings
  • Jan Johansson - Jazz På Svenska
  • Il Balletto di Bronzo - YS
  • Magma - Live (1975)
  • Dün – Eros
  • Cathedral - Stained Glass Stories
  • Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

ÄNGLAGÅRD

A great adventure with happiness and anxiety that goes up and down, just like our music.

TORD LINDMAN

MUSIC

Music is in me 20 hours a day in one way or another. (I have to sleep four hours, otherwise I become grumpy)

GUITAR

It just happened. Older relatives played guitar at parties and gatherings, and when I got older, I got to be with them and play. That was how I learned the swedish folk song tradition and three chord songs on the guitar.

INSPIRATION

We are born with a kind of overall life-inspiration. Different sources inspire me at different times in life. It could be a conversation, a party, influence of alcohol, nature, music, movie, pictures, literature. They're great sources of inspiration at various times. All these things could light the sparkle of life. Travels, meetings and conversations with people. Experiences in all forms.

IMPORTANT IN LIFE

To be in the state of Flow, as much as possible. No matter what I do.

FREE TIME

Trying to be in The Flow.

FAVORITE ALBUMS

I have no favorite albums, but there are some records that influenced me in life in one way or another. Here are a few that made a strong impression on me:

  • AC/DC – All albums with Bon Scott as singer
  • Cornelis Vreeswijk – I Stället För Vykort (1973)
  • John Holm – Lagt Kort Ligger (1974)
  • Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
  • Henry Cow – In Praise Of Learning (1975)
  • Pink Floyd – Live At Pompeii (Concert)

ÄNGLAGÅRD

Sometimes it's just terribly hard with a big psychological stress. But most of the time it is great fun and wonderful to play and create music together in the rehearsal studio.

ERIK HAMMARSTRÖM

MUSIC

I’m a professional drummer/percussionist (that’s what my M.F.A. diploma says!) with experience from playing all kinds of music from Classical, Jazz, Free Improvisation to Progressive Rock. I’ve been touring/recording with The Flower Kings, Brighteye Brison, Katzen Kapell, Christer Bothén, Nicolai Dunger, Västerås Symfonietta, Magnus Andersson Agamon and Vega over the years here in Sweden. The experience from playing such diverse types and styles of music (as a percussionist) is a great asset and is the outcome of how I play in Änglagård. I truly love it!.

DRUMS

Because I associate sounds in everyday life with pulse and rhythmic patterns, I guess. I've been fascinated by percussion instruments as long as I can remember, so that has always been my main focus. But, I also play keyboard instruments, guitar and bass and I use that a lot, not least when I’m composing.

INSPIRATION

The urge to write a good theme or part of a song, record a good take, make a good concert performance. That gives me peace of mind for a while. If I'm not satisfied, I get very frustrated and that makes me work harder. Mostly, inspiration comes with work, not the other way around. Another thing I’m totally obsessed with is recording and mixing music. The inspiration I get when I manage to paint a satisfying picture with sound is indescribable.

IMPORTANT IN LIFE

My family, making music, traveling and to play music.

FREE TIME

Not so much besides playing, writing or producing music. I play with my daughter, go to the forest or spend some time at my computer.

FAVORITE ALBUMS

Anything from Frank Zappa, John Coltrane to Univers Zero or Igor Stravinsky

ÄNGLAGÅRD

A collective of people with a clear uncompromising view, that is truly creative and has really strong artistic integrity.

JONAS ENGDEGÅRD

MUSIC

I’ve been playing in bands since I was a teenager. For me, my own musical expression is more important than actually listening to music. I’ve never been a great record collector and have usually preferred sitting down at the piano spacing out for a while instead of having a moment of recreation listening to something recorded. Hence, having a piano and guitars accessible at home comes more to hand than a CD-player. That said, there’s of course also been periods of exploring new music that have impacted me a lot. But that’s definitely not something continuous; only very specific periods of music listening have been that significant in my life.

GUITAR

I started to play guitar when I was nine but I guess it wasn’t until I played with rock bands when I got that rush of inspiration. The electric guitar is an amazing instrument to grow on. It’s versatile as a Swiss army knife; it can take a role in the background equally well as in the foreground. It is also the king of solo instruments - so emotionally transparent you can see straight through the guitarist’s soul by just listening to his violent vibrato in an intense solo part.

INSPIRATION

I had a period of exploring progressive rock when I was a teenager. Naturally amazing when you discover Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, etc., and take yourself off the road of commonality. After that I’ve always defined myself belonging to that genre. Typical progressive rock reference albums were key influences at the time we made Hybris in 1991/1992. However, since then I have personally more or less abandoned the genre listening-wise. Even at the time of making Epilog, I had shifted towards listening to classical music only. Today I listen to various kinds of classical music and jazz and very little of other styles. In the context of writing music myself, interestingly I feel less influenced by any kind of music, but more by other art forms and things just passing by in my life.

IMPORTANT IN LIFE

To find the coexistence of ambition and simple happiness in life.

FREE TIME

I like being in the woods, away from traffic noise and disturbances.

FAVORITE ALBUMS

One piece of music that has touched me perhaps more than anything else is Mozart’s requiem. It is an indisputable masterpiece and I’m sharing that feeling with many people on the planet.

ÄNGLAGÅRD

It’s like family in many aspects, both good and bad. We are also a bit dysfunctional as a band as we are a bit “bipolar”. We have periods of being extremely hard working mixed with or followed by passiveness, frustration, resignation and anxiety. It’s hard to find the sweet-spot where we are at most productive, but when we do, what we create is magic and it feels incredibly relieving and awarding.

LINUS KÅSE

MUSIC

I work with music all the time (composing, playing teaching, listening to) so I would say it inspires me 24 hours of the day.

PIANO

I've been playing the piano since I was a kid and it just felt very natural and logical to me. I play saxophone because I grew up listening to jazz music.

INSPIRATION

Friends and family are the biggest source of my inspiration. Everything that drives me to create flows through them.

IMPORTANT IN LIFE

To create music and my family.

FREE TIME

I don't think I have any free time. I play music, teach, write new material and hang out with friends and family all the time. It all really just melds together. I never have a boring moment. I guess I'm very lucky.

FAVORITE ALBUMS

'Spartacus' by Triumvirat and 'Journey's End' by Matthew Fisher.

ÄNGLAGÅRD

I feel blessed to play music that I love. To go out on the road with Änglagård and meet all the fans who have been sincerely touched by the music is very nice.

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