I met Lars “Lasse” Nilsson the first time in 2000 and we recorded HOYA, in what was to become the first album of many, and also the first album of The Pleiadian Suite. But we had no idea of that back then.
We recorded the african percussion on HOYA in my mothers summerhouse at Snäcksjön and the choirparts in a church outside of Stockholm. Mixing and mastering was done at Nilento Studio in Göteborg. And the albums that followed; HOYA, OMINE, AMAONA, ALIGNMENT, BREATHE OUT, and MA YEMA were all recorded in the studio built and run by Lasse and his wife Jenny: Nilento Studio.
Many years have passed since Lasse and I met. Collaborating with Lasse has been a tremendous, inspiring and wonderful musical journey for me.. And over the years he has become a friend of mine. Lasse is very supportive, keeps the energy high and is making people in the studio feel at ease. He is very present and focused and has full control of every detail and part of the recording. Lasse is a great person to collaborate with.
Listen to the flugelhorn intro to “Sola Me” – the ending song on MA YEMA.
MA YEMA is the concluding album, focusing on the elements, in Malou Bergs The Pleiadian Suite; HOYA (Earth, Body) OMINE (Heaven/Air, Soul), AMAONA (Water, Feelings), ALIGNMENT (Ether, Intuition) and MA YEMA (Fire, Energy). Besides that there is BREATHE OUT (Christmas album, a compilation. Yay!!)
All songs on MA YEMA, except ”Sola Me”, were created by Xavier Desandre Navarre, Thomas Hellsten and Malou Berg in the moment, as they were recorded.
“We started from nothing.
We had no structure,
no chord changes,
no initial idea.
We had nothing at all, to hold on to.
Together we stepped into the unknown, unsure
following the flow,
embracing the notes that arrived
the waves of musical lines
the rhythms that came.. and went
the melodies, the lyrics.
We followed the flow.
And these songs were born.”
Malou Berg, Lead vocal, vocals
Xavier Desandre Navarre, Bowls, percussion
Thomas Hellsten, Keyboards, grand piano
Lars Nilsson, Flugel Horn, Vocals
Sweden Music Session, Strings
Tormod Tvete Vik, Director
Hanna Wanngård, Vocals
Therese Andersson, Vocals
Jenny Nilsson, Vocals
Katarina Milton Almgren, Vocals
Karin Celander, Vocals
Johan Ivarsson, Vocals
Edo Bumba, guest percussion on A Meia To (Ocean) and OmaO (Earth)
Music: Malou Berg/Xavier Desandre Navarre/Thomas Hellsten
Lyrics: Malou Berg
* The song Sola Me, music & lyrics by Malou Berg
Vocal Arrangements: Malou Berg
String & Harp arrangements: Tormod Tvete Vik
Production: Malou Mountain Music AB
Publisher: Malou Mountain Music AB/Stiggy Music AB
MA YEMA album released Oct, 21 2016
by Nilento Records
Distributed by Naxos
Recorded in Sweden 2012 at Nilento studio, Gothenburg
Sound engineer: Lars Nilsson
Assisting sound engineer: Michael Dahlvid
Edited, mixed and Mastered 2015: Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studio
PRODUCED BY MALOU BERG AND LARS NILSSON
VIDEO-snippet, a series of six short videoclips, one for each song, created by Jack McGuinness
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