Editor’s Note: The Covid-19 project Jazzagenturen: Stockholm Corona Sessions recording project that took place on 2 april in Stockholm, Sweden as a direct reaction to the Corona crisis and the disastrous situation it has put a lot of musicians in. I invited 16 of the best jazz musicians in Sweden to record 50 songs over a 12 hour session at Rixmixningsverket, a studio in one of the center islands in Stockholm, and run by the legendary ABBA member Benny Andersson. The list of songs include both new and unique arrangements of old classics, as well as new compositions from members of the collective.
Pontus: It’s quite surreal that these two world changing events are taking place at the same time, but I can see how they connect. Certainly mass unemployment and normal society being set on pause have given people all the more reason (and time) to take to the streets. In general, us Swedes are supportive with the BLM protesters (I have myself been involved with several fundraisers for it), while indeed struggling with our own discriminating system as it’s put into the light. I’m also curious about to what extent people in the US connect the protests with their president, as we see it almost as a protest aimed towards Trump. All I can say about that is maybe it was time, and in a strange way, I think it hadn’t been possible with Obama in office, but also not possible had he not been there quite recently. Ironically, perhaps Trump’s arrogance has allowed for the kettle to boil over so to speak.
Pontus: On all the digital platforms to begin with. Make sure to follow us on Spotify, and the music will find you. My personal favorite is Tidal, because of the sound quality. If you feel you can’t afford their services at the moment, ask me politely and I’ll provide you with the album as a mp3 or WAV. People can always help with spreading our music on social medias if they want to help out.