Pär Moberg

Lecturer, Course Director, folk and world music programs, 15 ECTS credits, Master, High School Teacher in Swedish and Philosophy

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Music
  • Business Administration

Teaching

Working with folk and world music in a broad sense, ranging from the local folk tradition of Skåne to Arabic, Balkan, Indian classical etc. Saxophone and other woodwinds as main instrument. Teaches ensemble, main instrument, and carreer building courses, sometimes also arrangement and composition. Mentors last year musician students in their thesis work.

Artistic work

Tummel

(1997-) Ensemble playing music with influences from klezmer, balkan and oriental music, but also inspired by rock and pop. Five members. I participate with saxophone playing and compositions and arrangements. Released four fonograms. The first album "OY!" Was released by the English company ARC 2001. The second album "Transit" was released by us in 2004, and was nominated as 2004's Best World Music Disc at the Manifest Gala. "Payback Time" was released in April 2009, and the "Push" disc was released in 2014. A new album is planned for 2018.

Has played in numerous places around Sweden, as well as Germany, England, Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland. Participated in the "Concert of the Week" in Swedish National Television from Nalen, Sthlm in October 2001, and in the National TV program Musikspegeln in March 2003, as well as Concert of the Week in Danish Radio P2 Spring 2004. Played in 2006 during the Olympic Games in Turin.  Performed with the Israeli oud player and peace activist Yair Dalal in 2007, which was recorded by Danish radio. In 2008, singer Jens Friis Hansen joined, which gave the band a partially new profile. Jens left the band again in 2014, which caused the group to reunite with clarinetist Annika Jessen.

  
The co-operation project "Bojan Allstars" for cultural schools was release in 2010. The material was published by Gehrmans, and has been used for a large number of concerts with young musicians. Tummel has also made several music camps. In 2012, the band carried out a major Creative School project for the entire high school of Ämhults municipality together with Fededback Film. The creative school project "Flyttfåglar" (Birds of Migration) about the background of the band's members was ppremiered in September 2016, and has been supported by the Helge Ax:son Jonsson foundation. The project has been carried out in several locations in Skåne in 2016-2017, and was recently performed on the Holocaust rememberance day.

  
Did a larger collaboration, the performance show "Herd Behavior", with the Finnish dance group Tsuumi 2015-18, with which we performed in Helsinki in April 2017.

Artistic work

Nordic Raga
(2014-) Group that brings together three Swedish folk musicians (Mats Edén, Dan Svensson and I) and an Indian musician (Jyotsna Srikanth) to jointly explore how to use the principles of South Indian Carnatic music to work with improvisation in Nordic folk music. The group had its debut in Malmö in January 2014, and since then has played at the Fringe festival in Edinburgh, the London International Arts Festival, Music over Præstø Fjord, and the Backafestival, and Stallet in Sthlm, a concert also recorded by Swedish Radio
P2. Received several major support grants from the Swedish Arts council.   In August 2016, the band's first tour to India was conducted, where five concerts were held in Delhi, Bangalore and Coimbatore. In January 2017, a collaboration with Vindla String quratet was conducted, with two concerts in Sweden. In the summer of 2017 the group played in Switzerland. The group's first disc will be released Feb 2018.

Artistic work

World Mix Orchestra / Mazguf Ensemble
(2005-) WMO started with seven members from Sweden, France, Martinique, Iran, Denmark, the United States and Croatia, all residents in Malmö, who played music from the different traditions we represent. The group was formed on behalf of the Regional Music Board of Southern Sweden, for the World Mix Festival October 2005, and played in Malmö, Helsingborg, Ronneby, Växjö, and Stockholm, where we played at the Skansen Midsummer Celebration. Have also toured in Poland. In 2007, we did a very successful collaboration with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and in 2008, we made school concerts for a large part of Malmö's five-year-olds and collaborated with Nassim al Fakir from Bolibompa.

   2009-10, we had a school co-operation with the ventriloquist Pytte Ravn (also known from children's tv), which resulted in a large number of school and family concerts. In 2009, the group received a large scholarship of SEK 180,000 from the Arts Council, so the Iraqi composer Jafar Hasan Aboud (who lives in exile in Malmö) could write music for the group. The premiere took place in April 2010.   

   Participated in May 2011 at the inauguration of "Assitej", a major international children's performing arts festival, where we played together with Jafar and Malmö Opera Orchestra.
  
In May 2013, with substantial media coverage in the Arab world, we conducted a concert together with Jafar at the National Theater in Baghdad. For this purpose, the group was transformed into a more specialized orchestra for Arabic music, called the Mazguf Ensemble. This group, as an in house band, continues to work in collaboration with the Arab-Swedish Cultural Center, The City of Malmö and the Regional Music Board of Southern Sweden, to do a concert series for Arabic music, the Baghdad Sessions. It happens mainly at the venue Moriskan in Malmö, with guest artists like Ramy Essam, Nabil Kassis, Yair Dalal, Ali Sabah, Fatma Zidan and Lars Bo Kujahn. I am an artistic leader and producer, as well as playing saxophone. New concerts will happen in 2018.

Artistic work

Moberg Lie
(2012-) Duo composed of me and Jo Asgeir Lie, accordionist and leader of the Ole Bull Academy in Voss. We play Norwegian and Swedish folk music and own compositions. The group was formed at a conference in Finland 2012 when we met, and thanks to a contribution from the National Swedish Music Agency we were given the opportunity to meet a few times and put together a repertoire. The group first appeared to audience in Riga at a conference in May 2013, and in February 2014 made our first public appearance at Malmö Folk, Sweden. Played at an International Conference in Iceland in August 2014. Released our first record in August 2015, and then played some concerts in Skåne.

Artistic work

Möte i Mixturen
(2016-) A collaboration between me as a saxophonist and organist Karin Johansson, (professor in artistic research at Malmö Academy of Music), in which we play both folk music of various kinds and early organ music such as Buxtehude. Had our first two concerts in the cities of Helsingborg and Limhamn in the summer of 2016, and in 2017 we performed a concert in connection with the Folk and World Music Gala in Helsingborg, as well as in the church of Viken. Planning to record a phonogram in 2018

Artistic work

Everybody Gets Lonely Orchestra
(2009-) "Super Group" consisting of members from The Ark and Cardigans (two famous Swedish pop bands), as well as several of Malmö's most distinguished jazz and world musicians, who play soul music of the 60s and 70s. The group was in house band at the club "Everybody Gets Lonely" at Debaser in Malmö, where we played a number of times, but have also played at Mossagårdsfestivalen, Café de Luxe and Tyrol Lever. The group recorded music to a couple of songs for SVT's children's program "Dilemman med Doreen", and in Dec 2013 I participated in a concert of music from these programs at the Victoria Theater together with Doreen. The group was then inactive for a few years, but resumed in January 2017, and is now planning a project, "Green Soul", where ww play soul with texts on environmental issues for children. I'm involved with baritone sax and as composer and arranger.

Artistic work

Rand
(1998-2011). Group that mixed Scandinavian folk with influences ranging from classical to rock. Five members. Played at the Malmö Festival, in Germany, a theater music tour in Skåne, and was in the autumn of 2002 Concert of the Week from Konserthuset in Växjö in P2 Swedish Radio. Also participated in Local Radio Malmöhus. Played in 2007 together with the singer/songwriter Gitte Pålsson, and played at Linköping Folk Music Festival. The group was then discontinued, but when the album with Gitte Pålsson was released in January 2011, the group assembled again temporarily. I participated with saxophone, hurdy gurdy, didgeridoo, flutes, as well as compositions and arrangements.

Artistic work

Högtryck
(2001-2005) Wind sextet with four saxophones, clarinet and trumpet, as well as various flutes as side instruments. Played folk from different corners of the world solely on wind instruments. Has played in Malmö, Jönköping and Örebro. I did all the arrangements. We have also made workshops for both music teachers and young musicians

Artistic work

Trio Lagerkvist

(2003-2005) Trio who played my compositions  set to the poems of Swedish poet Pär Lagerkvist. Setting: piano, saxophone, song/violin. Debut in the summer 2004 at Hedmanska gården in Malmö, and made church performances in the summer of 2005. One of the songs, "Då bryts murarna ned (Then the Walls are Broken Down)", was played at the grand manifestation "Refugees Welcome" in Malmö in Sept. 2015 of a band of 80 musicians that I pulled together, and also at the corresponding manifestation in Skurup in October 2015.

Artistic work

Trones Lampa
(2004-2006) Duo with me on sax and a singer which expanded into a trio together with an organist. The program consisted mainly of folk religious songs for vocalist, saxophone and organ. I made the arrangements. First performance was in Malmö in the autumn of 04, and we also played in Asarum in the summer of 2005 and in Western Klagstorp in 2006.

Artistic work

Grannar

(1998-2012) Traditional Swedish folk trio with tunes from Skåne, Småland and Västergötland on the repertoire. I played saxophone, harmonica and hurdy gurdy, as well as writing some of the tunes. Has performed concerts and played for dance in many parts of Sweden, such as Korröfestivalen, Felan i Örebro, Malmö Folk, Skövde Folk, Allegården et al. Has also been to Norway, Poland, USA and Canada. Played for a week in the summer of 2007 at different smaller, mainly outdoor stages in Malmö city.
  
The group released an EP, "Glädjepojkar", in 2005, and a full-length disc, "Sofiagatan", in 2008. Both received very good reviews. A USA trip with a visit to the prestigious Folk Alliance Folk Folk Festival was conducted in February 2009. In the summer of 2009 and 2010, in collaboration with Sissela choir, we did two concerts with "Else and Holger", a music drama set in the early 18th century. We played it at Glimmingehus, where the story also actually happened. The music is music of that time music that I have arranged. In 2010, the group also received a repertoire development scolarship from Musikalliansen, which also funded a demo that was recorded in August 2010. In 2012, the group performed a number of pieces for Grannar + choir by me and Jon Sirén together with Hjo and Skövde church choirs, and played at Skövde Folk.

Artistic work

Oomaigoosh
(2007-2011) Nine piece band which performed it's own interpretations of the hits of the Persian pop icon Googoosh from the 60's and 70's. Leader was the singer and actor Bahare Ahmad. Since the start we played a lot in Malmö, such as at the Malmö Festival, Pildammsteatern in Malmö, Jeriko and Inkonst, Möllevångsfestivalen, and participated in Kanal Lokal (TV), and performed live in P2 Radio. Also played in Alvesta at the Tivoli Festival. I participated with soprano and alto sax, and did all the arrangements for the four wind instruments.

Artistic work

Folklab (former European Youth Folk Orchestra)
(2001-2003) Eleven young folk musicians from nine different European countries, who played music from their respective countries together. I was a the band leader, played saxophone and didgeridoo, and had done all the arrangements. Toured in Italy, Sweden, Ireland, France, Norway and Spain. The album "Enfants Terribles" was released at the Italian company Ethnosuoni in May 2002. The last show was in May -03 in Luxembourg.

Artistic work

Fareld
(1995-2002) Folk rock group with seven members, who over the years had a number of different setups. I was one of the driving forces in the band, and at the end wrote a lot of the music, which came to be centered around my compositions for poetry by Swedish poet Pär Lagerkvist. Appeared at Nalen in Stockholm, the Cultural Night in Lund, the Malmö Folk Music Association, Allégården in Gothenburg, etc, and toured to Luxembourg and Slovenia. 

Artistic work

Hven Kvartet
(2000-2002). Quartet that was a meeting between two Danish and two Swedish folk musicians. We played both Danish and Swedish folk music, mostly for dance. We performed at  Malmö Folk (Sweden) and Folk Club Fyn in Denmark. I participated as a saxophonist and organizer.

Artistic work

Cesar Pena and Quartel
(1997-2005). Cesar is Chilean songwriter, singer and folk musician. During 1997, and again in 1999, I participated in his accompanying band, and we performed during the Malmö Festival, and released a self-produced record. A modified variant of the group I participated in performed in the summer -05 in the Malmö festival with a program of Latin American carneval music.

Artistic work

The Story of a Horse
(1997) Participated throughout the summer as theater musician in this big summer initiative by Malmö Amateur theater (with professional direction). Music by Cesar Pena, text based on a novel by Leo Tolstoy.

Artistic work

The planet Malmö
(1997) Participated during the autumn as theater musician in this performance by Theater Kaleidoskop, a multicultural theater group. The music was written by Cesar Pena.