Summer in Sweden!

Lots of things going on right now, and that's why the blog has been quiet over the past few weeks! I'm sitting in a hotel room in rainy Jönköping (Sweden) at the moment, and I finally have some time to let you know what I've been up to! :)

Here in Sweden, we're used to bad weather, and when summer comes everybody is ofcourse hoping for the sun to come out.. This has not been the case this summer at all, but people still go out to listen to live music, wich is good for me! :)

I've been playing quite a lot lately, and I'm happy that there has been a lot of different kinds of gigs so far. Duo gigs, solo gigs, concerts, weddings and more. Below you'll see a picture from a fun duo-concert featuring my wife Zandra! We had such a great time! Also, my brother just got married, so we just had some fun days preparing the wedding and party!

I've also had a friend from Russia visiting us in Gothenburg a couple of weeks ago. His name is Pasha Lychagin, and he's a great guitar player! We've only met on Skype before, (he's been taking som guitar lessons from me) but we've known about each other for a few years. It was great to meet up and we had such a great time! Below you'll see some pictures of us, goofing around as usual. :)

Yesterday I had a concert in Arvika, and had a special guest on stage. His name is Erik Igelström and he's a great mandolin player! We always have such a great time, and the gig was so much fun. The concert hall where we played had such an a amazing "sound", and we both felt so comfortable playing there.. Man, I gotta come back and play there soon again! 

Today I did a Workshop at the SGLS summercourse in Arvika, and the guitar players did a great job! It's so much fun to teach when people are dedicated and wanting to learn more. They were asking a lot of questions, and that's what I like!

Tomorrow, I'm off to Öland, the 2nd bigges island in Sweden, playing a fun gig with the great Georg Wadenius. Georg is my mentor and he is a great guitar player. In Sweden almost everyone knows who he is, and some of you outside of Sweden probably knows him too! He was a member of the band Blood, Sweat and Tears, and he has preformed and/or recorded with artists like Simon & Garfunkel, Luther Vandross, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin and the list goes on... He was also the guitarplayer in the Saturday Night Live band for a few years, and now he lives in Norway, and he has a lot of different gigs here in Scandinavia. 

Now, I gotta change strings for tomorrows gig!

Hugs from Emil! :)