In the synthesis of music, poetry, imagery and silence Andorinha weaves an intricate web of stories and sounds. The music is rooted in the classical oriental traditions and performed on the oud, the fretless lute of the Middle East. Moving between strict compositions and free improvisations, the eight tunes connect both to each other and to the poetry and artwork which develops and comments the abstract themes of the music. The warm acoustics of a 19th century church give the naked and unadorned oudplaying space both for painting vast soundscapes and for focusing the details. Andorinha combines ideas of poetic dignity and political realism to a thought-provoking totality; suggestive, enigmatic and melancholy.
Andorinha was initiated by oud player Filip Bagewitz who has composed and played the music. During the summer of 2011 he found himself with both time and inspiration on his hands and teamed up with sound artist Mårten Bergqvist to record some of the material he had been working on during the spring. Since they both wanted to work with an interesting acoustic enviroment they asked around in nearby churches and finally settled for the neo-gothic church in Jonsered just outside Göteborg. They where kindly allowed to borrow the church on a rainy tuesday and recorded all the tunes for the album in between the ringing of the church bells.
While working on the recordings Filip had also drawn bandstand poet Olivia Bergdahl into the project: all of the tunes were connected to some kind of story and Filip wanted Olivia to turn the stories into poetry. After long talks about the music and the stories, Olivias seven poems and the name Andorinha were born. These poems formed the bulk of Andorinhas poetry and were all written in swedish. The eighth poem was contributed by brazilian poet and activist Edson Oliveira, and written in portuguese. Anyone who´s interested in english translations can contact Filip.
The final part of Andorinha was added by illustrator Ronja Svenning Berge. While Mårten was mixing and mastering the recordings from the church in his cabin in the countryside of western Sweden, Filip visited Ronjas cabin in the fjords of western Norway to talk about the art work. His original vision had been to make a tiny book with the cd in the back, but Ronja came up with better ideas and finally made a beautiful two-sided poster with the poems printed on one side and her own visual interpretation of the music and poetry on the other side. In the spring of 2012 everything was ready and Andorinha was released at Two Little Birds, a café and gallery in downtown Göteborg.