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Keyboardist and Samla Mammas Viandra is an album of sophisticated and often demented melodic compositions with great warmth, intimacy, and even innocence.

Hollmer, Lars

Hollmer, Lars: Viandra (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"Active in music for over 40 years, Lars Hollmer first got together with his friends to play music in late-'60s Sweden. This band eventually became the legendary "Rock In Opposition" band Samla Mammas Manna. Concurrently towards the end of Samla's original life-span (the band reformed in the 00s and is recording and playing shows again), Lars started a solo career, where he emphasized his very personal compositions and his accordion playing, of which he is a master. Lars' solo albums have a great warmth, intimacy, and even innocence to them. Although he makes music that can be abrasive and even purposefully a bit demented, with rough textures, quirky instrumentation, and unusual rhythms and time signatures, Hollmer's compositions are mostly tuneful and easy going, sometimes catchy, and often disarmingly lovely.

In addition to Lars' performance on accordions and keyboards, percussion and vocals, also appearing are Michel Berckmans (Univers Zero) on bassoon, English horn and oboe, Santiago Jimenez on violins and Andreas Tengberg on cello, among others."-Cuneiform

"The music on Viandra was recorded and mixed between 2001 and 2007, amidst all the other projects that sent Hollmer packing up his accordion and rushing to the airport for the next flight out of Stockholm. The music itself is as...strangely -- sometimes as magically -- wonderful as anything Hollmer has recorded in his solo career. Lars dominates on keyboards and accordion...while the strings and Berckmans' double reeds are secondarily the most dominant voices...more striking is the mood that he brings to the 16 compositions here; a sense of reflection sometimes touched with melancholy, a side of him sometimes lost in his collaborative projects with others."-David Lynch/All Music Guide

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Product Information:

UPC: 045775027128

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: Rune 271
Squidco Product Code: 9901

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray

Lars Hollmer-accordions, keyboards, melodica, percussion, mandolin, mandola, voices, and more

Michel Berkmans-bassoons, English horn, oboe, melodica

Santiago Jimenez-violins

Andreas Tenberg-cello


Morgan Agren-drums

Coste Aptrea-mandolin

Ulf Wallander-tenor sax

Love Hollmer-voice

Viggo Hollmer-voice

Klara Pellas-voice

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Track Listing:

1. Viandra 2:50

2. Mirror Objects 1:20

3. Sök (Seek) 2:09

4. Snabb (Fast) 4:20

5. Moldaviska 1:09

6. Påztema 3:52

7. Prozesscirk 4:34

8. Merged With Friends 1:47

9. Konstig (Strange) 4:41

10. Baladeis 2:52

11. Strutt (Strut) 1:55

12. Lilla Bye (Little Bye) 2:51

13. Första 05 (First 05) 3:34

14. Alice 4:12

15. Överdagö 2:28

16. Folkdron Menad 5:25