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"Svenska psalmer - Swedish Hymns" is a fresh and organic crossover album; the Christian message meets new harmonies and jazz improvisation, not to forget influences from the Swedish choir tradition.

Johanna Grüssner interprets the lyrics with her well-known articulation and jazz feel. Four of the hymns have been arranged for a cappella voice where Grüssner sings all voices. On the remaining nine hymns, she is accompanied by a trio led by pianist Mika Pohjola, who is also credited as the arranger of the album, with bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Roberto Dani. As a whole this is an album of style and creativity, where the lyrics and message are given the attention they deserve. In spite of the vocal characteristics of the album, it is the arrangements which make these hymns exciting and creative.

Pohjola has earlier worked on several albums with Scandinavian themes as a prolific arranger : The Moomin Voices fairy-tale album was released with Grüssner in 2003, Scandinavian Yuletide Voices - Christmas album in 2005 and Nu blir sommar - Swedish Traditional Songs, another Pohjola-Grüssner duo cooperation, in 2006. Otherwise Pohjola's discography contains jazz albums with his several New York based groups, free improvisations, not to forget Tango albums and duo albums with several vocalists.

"Lovely tone, relaxed breathing, great intonation, wonderful arrangement, nice voicings, musical rubato, ethereal yet personal."
-Art Lapierre
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Svenska psalmer är en crossover-manifestation av det kristna budskapet med nya harmonier. Tretton psalmer har förvandlats av pianist/kompositören Mika Pohjola i färsk anda; Johanna Grüssner tolkar texterna med sin kända artikulation och gedigna jazzkänsla. Fyra av psalmerna har arrangerats för a capella-sång i vilka Grüssner sköter alla stämmor med glans. På de övriga nio psalmerna består kompet av Pohjola på piano, argentinska basisten Fernando Huergo och italienska trummisen Roberto Dani. Det hela sköts med stil och öppen kreativitet, där texten och budskapet får det utrymme det förtjänar. Trots att sången är framträdande, är det framför allt arrangemangen som gör musiken till spännande och nyskapande.

Pohjola har tidigare kommit ut med skivor som profilerad arrangör: Moomin Voices - Muminröster (2003), Scandinavian Yuletide Voices - julsånger (2005) och Nu blir sommar - Svenska visor (2006), tillhör kanske de som mest tilltalar den svenskspråkiga publiken. För övrigt har hans diskografi en bredd från allt mellan hans New York-baserade jazztrio, -kvartett och -kvintett, och fria improvisationer för att inte glömma Tango- och duoskivor med flera vokalister.

Mika Pohjola (född 1971) är från Helsingfors, men bodde i Stockholm under studieåren, gick sedan på Berklee College of Music i Boston, men har bott längst i New York där han verkade i sjutton år. År 2012 flyttade han åter till Stockholm, där han kommer att forska på Kungliga Musikhögskolans kompositionslinje fr.o.m. hösten 2013.

Johanna Grüssner (född 1972) är från Åland, och är utbildad på Berklee och Manhattan School of Music i New York. Efter åtta år i USA flyttade hon till Stockholm, där hon sedan dess varit verksam som både en eftertraktad vokalist och lärare.

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released April 27, 2013

Johanna Grüssner - all voices
Mika Pohjola - piano & arrangements
Fernando Huergo - bass
Roberto Dani - drums

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Blue Music Group is the vision of composition, performance and production of Mika Pohjola. Having recorded his debut album for composer legend Gunther Schuller’s GM Recordings, Pohjola started self-releasing in 1997, and recording other artists in 2008, New York jazz as well as Swedish contemporary classical musicians.

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