The music of After Silence is not "classical" in the normal way, (although it might be thought so in a hundred years.) Rather, it is "songs without words" played on the classical guitar. It is melodic, easy-listening music that puts you in a state of calm and rest. The compositions are all about expressing feelings and telling a story to the listener – the best way of communicating for a composer!
This album is titled After Silence because silence is a key element in music. The total silence before the music begins is filled with expectations and excitement. And the silence after the music stops is bursting with echoes and thoughts and pictures about the music. Those moments are vital. And while they last just a few seconds, they are nevertheless the most important part of the musical sound. The rests creates space and time between the sounds. Without them, the sound would be meaningless, and so a great part of the music can be found between the notes.
About Per-Olov Kindgren
Swedish guitarist Per-Olov Kindgren was born in Bogotá, Colombia and came to Sweden when he was 4 years old. In 1970 he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark and started studying with Torvald Nilsson in Helsingborg, Sweden and after three years he entered the Danish Royal Academy of Music where he studied the classical guitar for seven years with professor Per-Olof Johnson and graduated with a final diploma in 1983. Since 1982 he has worked as a guitar teacher in the music schools of Vallensbæk and Gentofte near Copenhagen.
In 1979, he joined with three other guitarists to form the "Nordic Guitar Quartet", which over the years has performed more than 400 concerts. In 1991, the Quartet recorded the album "Images" which has become one of the best selling classical guitar albums in Denmark.
Mr. Kindgren composes and arranges works not only for the classical guitar but for other instruments as well. His soft and melodic and often melancholic pieces, are now being played all over the world and even used as music in film scores. Mr. Kindgren is currently widening his concerts activities.