Partisipator Friday

Staffan Hellstrand är uppvuxen i Nyköping. Hellstrands musik kan beskrivas som melodiös rock, oftast framförd på elförstärkta men ibland på akustiska instrument. Den kombineras med poetiska och ibland samhällskritiska texter. Av hans många album har kan Eld (1992), Pascha Jims dagbok (1996) och Elektriska gatan (2004) kanske sägas ha fått den genomgående bästa kritiken. Han fick 1992 års Grammis för bästa manliga pop-/rockartist och 1993 års för årets låt, "Lilla fågel blå".
Hellstrand skrev och framförde den officiella svenska låten till Europamästerskapet i fotboll 2000, "Explodera". Han har även i övrigt ett stort fotbollsintresse och är uttalad supporter till Östers IF åt vilka han har skrivit låten "Vi är Öster". Han har även skrivit många låtar till andra artister, bland annat de flesta av låtarna till Idde Schultz debutalbum från 1995, av vilka "Fiskarna i haven" blev en av hans största framgångar som låtskrivare. Tillsammans med Sven-Ingvars har han spelat in sin låt "Marie, Marie". I Melodifestivalen 2007 framförde Uno Svenningsson och Irma Schultz Keller låten "God morgon" som Hellstrand skrivit i samarbete med Svenningsson. Duon har även skrivit låtar till Svenningssons album Jag sjunger för dig (2008). Garagerockbandet The Nomads har ackompanjerat Hellstrand på albumen Pascha Jims dagbok och Eld.

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Partisipator Saturday

Theresa Andersson
växte upp i Silte på Gotland,[1] och reste 1990 till New Orleans för att spela fiol med den svenske musikern Anders Osborne. I slutet på nittiotalet lämnade hon dennes band för att sedan spela med New Orleans-artister som Dr John, The Neville Brothers och Betty Harris. Hon är låtskriverska, multiinstrumentalist (bland annat fiol, gitarr och slaginstrument) och sångerska. I sina låtar blandar hon intryck från soul, folkmusik och pop. Theresa Andersson bor och arbetar i New Orleans. Hennes enmansorkesterframträdande i det egna köket med Na Na Na, utlagt som video på Youtube sommaren 2008, blev mycket populärt med uppemot en miljon avlyssningar under kort tid.

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Partisipator Thursday

Esbjörn Hazelius
, Sweden
Esbjörn Hazelius, född 12 februari 1973 i Ängelholm, är en svensk folkmusiker. Han har förutom den egna solokarriären även spelat tillsammans med Sofia Karlsson, Johan Hedin och i banden Eitre och Quilty. Hazelius solodebuterade 2009 med albumet Blunda och du ska få se, utgivet på Bonnier Amigo. Skivan innehåller, förutom eget material, även en tonsatt version av Pär Lagerkvists dikt "Nu löser solen sitt blonda hår". På skivan medverkar bl.a. Johan Hedin. Hazelius medverkade som musiker på Sofia Karlssons skivor Folk Songs, Svarta ballader och Visor från vinden. Han hade på dessa album en tongivande roll det musikaliska arbetet, vilket etablerade honom i folkmusik-Sverige på allvar. Tillsammans med Johan Hedin ingår Hazelius i folkmusikduon Hazelius Hedin. Gruppen utgav sitt debutalbum Om du ville människa heta 2011.

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Musicans participating in the residency "Hemlig Festival"

Lamine Cissokho, Senegal

Lamine Cissokho grew up in Casamance a region in Southern Senegal well-known for its rich culture of musical traditions. He is a descendant of the Mandingue griot family, a family of famous musicians whose traditions date back to the 15th century. Each family member helps preserve their musical inheritance by passing down their musical talents and gifts to the next generation. Lamine‘s father is t...he professional kora player, Sana Cissokho, and his mother is the singer, Fatoumata Drame from Casamance. Lamine and his siblings have been singing and playing kora and other traditional West African instruments with their father since childhood. The kora became Lamine‘s main instrument early in his musical career. Since the age of 10, Lamine has played in many different groups and today, he is a well-known kora player. He has lived in Falun,Sweden since 2001.

In Sweden he has played with musicians such as Toumani Diabaté, Maria Jonsson, Ian Carr, Anders Nygards, Baba Blues and the Ale Möller Band. He has played at the Urkultfestivalen several times and he continues to work as a musician in Dalateatern, Senegal. He also writes his group‘s musical compostions.

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Liliana Zavala - Percussion
Liliana Zavala was born in Córdoba, Argentina and since her youth she's had a great interest for arts. Music was an important part of this interest, witch eventually grew into her priority.17 years old she started playing as a participant in a percussionist classes for women, to work in adirect way as a musician in diferent projects within Argentine folk music, Latinamerican folklore, salsa, rock, latin jazz, world and modern music.In 2001 she recieved an UNESCO art grant to study Cuban percussion at ISA (Instituto Superior deArte) in Havanna, Cuba. She studied there investigating theory of Cuban music, religion and theinstrumentation of Cuban percussion. She resides most of the year in Stockholm and also in Argentina where she also works with localartists and her personal project Tamboreras, which aims to promote and publicize the work of percussion from and for women.In Sweden she has performed with artists such as: Hector Binger & the latin lovers, MarieFredriksson, Thomas Gylling, Simone Moreno, Magnus Lindgren, Wille Cradford, StockholmVodou Orchestra, among others.She was also a part of the well recognized band FEVER RAY, ( by Karin Drejer -The Knife). With FEVER RAY Liliana took part in the tour 2009-2010 throughout Europe, USA and Canada, she also took part in the recording of the CD/DVD "Fever Ray Live in Luleå 09" and the track "TheWolf" made for the Warners Bros. movie “Red ridding Hood” directed by Catherine Hardwicke(director of Twilight, Thirteen).


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Houman Sebghati, Sweden
Houman Sebghati is an icon on the Swedish hiphop scene, operating since the 1990s. His collaborations include famous artists such as Petter, Promoe, Ison & Fille, Swingfly and Daniel Lemma. He has worked on stages around Sweden for 13 years. He has released 7 CD's and is involved in another 10's CD's. Parallel to his career Houman can be found lecturing at elementary schools and high schools all around Sweden. Houman has also had his own radio show, called "Houman in Metropol" on Swedish Radio.

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Áine Whelan, Ireland
Áine Whelan has recorded and performed all over the world with many different artists including Van Morrison, Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy), and Brian Kennedy. Comfortable in any style, she is renowned for her vocal arrangements and performances for many BBC and RTE television series. Áine was nominated for Tatler Magazine's Irish Woman Of The Year Award in 2005 for her solo album 'Between The Moon And Mercury', her songwriting debut. She also featured in a Canadian documentary-drama which was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year. Don't Mind The Rain is Áine's second album, her debut album, the critically acclaimed Between The Moon And Mercury, was released in 2005

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Josep-Maria Ribelles, Catalonien
Traditional Music of Catalonia from the personal perspective of a harpist:
harmony, rhythm and color to the service of arrajaments delicate harp on is the thread. Josep-Maria Ribelles is considered one of the innovative new folk and roots music in Catalonia. Opening new doors and track, has collaborated with musicians the likes of Kepa Junkera the fire Ham, Carlos Beceiro, Efren Lopez, Carlos Benavent, Eduardo Paniagua ...


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Lola Regenthal, Öland
Öland native vocalist / composer / drummer Lola Regenthal has performed and recorded with Robert Easley, Daniel Marques, Rudy Smith, Francis Coletta, among many others. Her compositions and creative output encompasses a fascinating variety, including a trio with just piano and cello; a quartet with guitar, steel pan, and cello; and a duo with bassist Jonas Tauber, which is the setting for the second cd. Her first cd, "With You" (Origin Records, Seattle) features six of her compositions. Lola Regenthal was born in Kalmar, grew up on Öland, went to music high school in Oskarshamn, has a masters in vocal pedagogy and jazz performance from the music university in Gothenburg, and lives in New York City.


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Brian Friel, Ireland
Hailing from the North Kerry town of Tarbert, Brian Friel began playing at the age of seven. The young Brian was surrounded by traditional Irish music, and his parents, grandparents and great grandparents all inspired and influenced him as he took his first steps on his musical path. Having received a sound education in the basics in his musical home, his first formal musical education was by the late Mr Moynihan from Ballylongford. Brian progressed quickly, winning All-Ireland titles on the banjo and mandolin alike at the Fleadh Cheoil Eireann, Ireland’s biggest and most prestigious annual competition for musicians. Music has brought Brian all over the world, touring Australia, the U.S.A, Japan, Signapore, Europe and Scandanavia. In that time, Brian has played with many fine groups and worked with some fine musicians, spending a year with Irish folk legends The Furey Brothers. Brian has now settled in Sweden, where he writes music and plays regular gigs with guitarist/singer/songwriter Loughy, with whom he has a band called Fada. Brian’s talents are also in demand as a session musician, recently participating in a tribute recording to the late Ted Gärdestad. Brian collaborated with Swedish singer Helen Sjöholm on a track for the album, called “Fånga En Ängel- En Hyllning Till Ted Gärdestad”.

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Guida Sellarès, Catalonia

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John Leo Carter
John Leo Carter är singer/songwriter från Cork, Irland. Hans mycket efterlängtade album Candyfloss girl fick en tia av tio möjliga i en recension i Irlands viktigaste musiktidning Hotpress 2004, vilket gjorde den till en av de mest uppskattade CDs det året.

Han har sedan hans debut album blivit känd för att ha utvecklat en unik musikupplevelse. Hans styrka ligger i de sätt han arrangerar sina texter och komponerar musiken och val av instrument. John Leo.s samtida textinnehåll presenteras mycket melodiskt och blir därför kontrasterande. Han har delat scen med bl.a Andy Irvine, Dervish, Paddy Casey.
John har de senaste fem åren  byggt upp yellowbox till ett konst och musikcentra. på Öland. Han har renoverat en gammal skola i Sättra, för att den ska bli en mötesplats för musiker och konstnärer.  Projektet Hemlig festival har let sedan 2009

"En man, en gitarr och hans trumma. John Leo Carter. Att vara ensam på scen och samtidigt fylla den så totalt med hjälp av sin röst, gitarr och en trumma. Det är en konst. Den konsten hanterar John.  Det är en man som vill nå fram med sin sång och beröra. Det gör han."
John O Regan, Irish Music Magazine

For further information please contact:
Phone: +46 72 3092608
E-mail: johnleocarter@hotmail.com
Website: www.myspace.com/johnleocarter and www.yellowboxyes.com

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