CHECK OUT THE NEW EP!

Jazzin' the Blues

Live studio recording featuring five songs written and performed by Rafael de Swarte with The Sextet: Six terrific Finnish musicians.




NEW EP!

Jazzin' the Blues

Live studio recording featuring five songs written and performed by Rafael de Swarte with The Sextet: Six terrific Finnish musicians.

Three uptempo songs and two slow, reflective songs. Great solos, and some gently majestic playing.

Cover title-graphic hand-drawn by Jeffery Matthews MBE.

Email me for info about CD (very limited numbers) address at bottom of page.

Tune in at Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer and Tidal.



Apple Music & iTunesSpotify




NEW ALBUM!

POHJAN NEITO

Rafael de Swarte + The Angels
Limited Edition, attractively-designed CD.

11 original songs written by Rafael de Swarte, translated and performed in Finnish:The first such album in pop-history.

Beautiful music, great lyrics, Finnish high-quality production.
Kaunista musiikkia, hienoa lyriikkaa, suomalaista tuotantoa.

Live studio recording featuring three remarkable Finnish musicians.

"I just love the translations by Irmeli…beautiful…poetic lyrics" Jussi Vuola CEO V.R. Studio Turku.

Order online now from Levykauppa Äx or 8raita Turku.

Available in these stores:

www.levykauppax.fiwww.8raita.fi

Apple Music & iTunesSpotify
This album tells about life in music and words.
Tässä albumissa on elämän kirjo sanoin ja sävelin.

Also available on other streaming/download services.

They dance and sing to this tango-infused romantic love song.
Tässä romanttisessa kappaleessa he tanssivat ja laulavat.



'VALO' An uplifting meditative song from the new album 'Pohjan neito' featuring the sublime cello of Eerika Ketonen.
Kohottava meditiivinen laulu uudelta albumilta 'Pohjan neito' mukana Eerika Ketosen ylevää sellonsoittoa.




Princess – Single

Take a trip back to the Roundhouse North London 9 November 1968 and float your mind to this song which my band 'Tyres' played that night, released after fifty years 9 November 2018! It was also the London debut of Led Zeppelin - they are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary this year 2018 and also it was the first time the Beatles White Album had been played - two weeks before its official release date, a scoop for the DJ!

Available at many Streaming and Download sites.

Spotify


TWO NEW ALBUMS!

NOTES FROM THE PAST

Artist: Rafael de Swarte

Two albums from Rafael de Swarte featuring 20 songs recorded between 1968 and 1976, transferred from 1/4" analog tape.

The first album begins with two songs by Rafael's 1960s band 'Tyres' - this is the 50th anniversary of the recordings which were made in 1968. Those are followed by a rare acoustic recording made by him in 1971 for YLE Radio.

Highlights for his band Tyres included performances at the same concert as the London debut of Led Zeppelin, November '68, and at an early T Rex/Marc Bolan happening where Bolan and Took played their first hit Deborah.

The new albums feature 19 songs written and performed by Rafael de Swarte from analog studio and home recordings plus one Leonard Cohen song 'There is a War' which Rafael performed Live in 1975 with a group of caribbean musician/friends who also accompany him on some of the other tracks.

The albums are Bluesy Folky Soft Rocking and Rhythmic.

Released in Limited Editions of 50 of each CD

Available at LevykauppaX and 8Raita Turku

Digital booklet


RECENT ALBUM!

SONGS OF THE COMMON MAN

Artist: Rafael de Swarte

Splendid new album from Rafael de Swarte
Release date 1 December 2017

New album of ten songs written and performed by Rafael de Swarte accompanied by many Finnish musicians from Turku area.

Rafael was writing songs in the 1960s and ’70s in London. He’s now resident in Finland since 2012 and started writing again in 2015.


This album is important to me: It has its beginnings more than forty years ago, which is when I first wrote some of these songs.

It’s also important to me because here there are new Finnish friends who have lent their support to this project with superlative displays of playing.

Much of this has been achieved by taking risks and being willing to record in only 1 or 2 takes, with very little editing afterwards, in many instances.

This, I believe, is one of the many reasons why people should get hold of this album; it gives a freshness and an honesty to the music.

Lyrically and musically it has a lot to offer; ranging, as it does, through many "rock" genres and styles (Rock Blues Folk New Orleans). Interesting instrumentation and good quality, universal lyrics, complete this album.

None of the songs has been released before.


Track List
1 Song of the Common Man
2 Sunny Horizons
3 I Told the Blues Goodbye
4 Cold Light of Day
5 Sun
6 Awake at Night
7 Someday I’ll be a Gipsy
8 In the Name of the Blues
9 There is Not a Substitute for Love
10 Dirt Road Serenade

LYRICS

Songs of the common man lyrics


Available in these stores:

www.levykauppax.fiwww.8raita.fi

Fennica Records Hämeentie 21 00500 Helsinki
Grand, Luckan-shop Piispankatu 28 06100 Porvoo

iTunes


MIDNIGHT FOOL

Acoustic album recorded Live at VR Studio Turku April 2016.
12 of my Songs past and present creations.

Available

Levykauppax iTunes

’Light’ written and performed by Rafael de Swarte accompanied by Ville Vesalainen lapsteel and backing vocal


’Independence Song’ written and performed by Rafael de Swarte accompanied by Eeva-Maija Vehviläinen jouhikko and backing vocal


SAMPLES

Soundcloud previews

from albums Midnight fool and Songs of the Common Man.

BOOKS

Lightdreams - Valounelmia

96 pages, more than 40 colour photographic illustrations with poetry in English and Finnish, plus one or two also translated into German and Swedish.
Size: 250mm x 175mm. Hardback.

The artist defines the book and its compilation:

Art springs from living subjectively. Art is thus, in a way, the product – the fruit – of a single, subjective moment or sequence of one life. It is the artist's work to bring together the subjectively objective world in order to give other people the possibility of finding aspects of themselves by viewing, reading or otherwise experiencing the work. The process of creating or shaping art is akin to a healing process and may indeed be just that; depending on circumstances and factors prevailing at the time. The mind of the artist is not separate from the work; art-work is not 'abstract' and it should be more than the sum of its parts. In that sense it can appear 'abstract' but is actually more mysterious or meditative.

'Lightdreams - Valounelmia' focuses on nature, people and locations, and brings them together to create a dreamlike state at once exactly what it appears to be and at the same time intriguing and illusory.

For instance, 'arcadia' (the poem on page 16) accompanies an image, taken from a low vantage point, of an old mansion house. The view invites us to ascend the steps - or at least feel it could be the way to go. The narrative is created around an envisioning of a great composer, in this instance Beethoven, who is at work on a masterpiece. Time is altered by switching back and forth through itself and is then reinforced by the image which is filled with light and shadows with the low-sunlit shadowplay on the windows of the house. This is an example of the 'dreamlike' or meditative state which is precise and yet elusive at the same time.

This ambiguity runs through much of the work - it's raison d'etre is not to confuse but to enhance the readers' experience and to allow them to find themselves. I believe this is possible and that it actually is what happens.

Price is 10 euros plus postage, also available at www.kansallinenkirjakauppa.fi

CONTACT

info (at) deswarte.fi

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