|Album cover art by Tekla Vály|
This Friday 3rd of March From the Bed and Beyond is available on streaming services around the world and on CD too!
We are planning to do a special vinyl run later in the spring.
You can jump over to Image to give the album a prelisten right now.
Hope you are comfortable and safe today!
Jännityksellä ja innolla kutsun sinut albuminjulkaisuesityksiini Helsinkiin maaliskuussa.
Paikka: WHS Teatteri Union
Liput kannattaa varata ja lunastaa pian, sillä paikkoja on hyvin rajallisesti.
Osta liput Tiketin palvelusta.
Tässä vähän siitä, minkälainen esitys on luvassa:
--> Yhden vuoden aikana yli 30 000 suomalaista sairastuu syöpään ja hieman yli 5000 naista sairastuu rintasyöpään. Kolme vuotta sitten rintasyöpä osui Astrid Swanin kohdalle. Kaikki muuttui. From the Bed and Beyond on Astrid Swanin 3.3. 2017 ilmestyvän albumin nimi. Sävellykset käsittelevät sairastumista, muutosta, pelkoja, parantumista ja toivoa, sekä kuolemaa. Esityksen keskiössä on keho, joka voi samaan aikaan olla uusi äiti, potilas, sairas, heikko, tunteva ja tuntematon; lääketieteen määrittämisen kohde ja hiljaisen luovuuden paikka.
Live-esitykset yhdistävät musiikkiin visuaalisen tavan käsitellä teemoja. Mediataiteilija Timo Wright, valokuvaaja Tekla Vály, sekä pukusuunnittelija Yat Cheung yhdistävät voimansa muusikkojen kanssa tässä poikkitaiteellisessa esityksessä.
Sävellys-, sovitus-, äänitys-, suunnittelu ja toteutusvaiheita ovat tukeneet Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Taike MES ja Georg Malmsténin säätiö.
You are so very welcome to get your tickets for my album release performances in March.
The three shows will take place at WHS Teatteri Union in Helsinki, Finland. Please, hurry with reserving your tickets, as the venue is very intimate and seating is limited.
Tickets from Tiketti.
9.3. at 7PM
10.3. at 7PM
11.3. at 7PM
Here's a little something about the performance and the album:
From the Bed and Beyond is an album written and produced by Astrid Swan.
It is an album about the aftermath of breast cancer. It is about the body; giving birth, becoming a mother, then becoming a patient – becoming a physical body that is defined by medicine, controlled and intervened, unknown and simultaneously more feeling than ever. It’s a pop record about loss, death, grief and hope. The album is released on 3rd of March, 2017 and will be accompanied by live performances that incorporate music, visual art and an element of the unknown.
I'm just taking a moment here to appreciate this video Tekla Vály made for my song A Long Time Running. It looks great on Vimeo's player, so even though someone said that service is pretty much not happening, I uploaded the video there for those who prefer to go there.
The video was filmed on the very last day of October. Two days after winter fell and it would have been impossible anyway. Not least because two days after the filming I was back at the hospital – this time for some reconstructive surgery.
For some reason it often happens that a photoshoot or a video shoot or other artistic capturing of some form ends up happening at a threshold of something. At the last possible moment. As if to memorize something fleeting. Give it its final form.
Same thing happened with the album cover photo shoot. And the album being mastered.
It's a strange time of rising up, letting go and engaging in a new position.
The wonderful and dedicated performing crew on the video included a couple secret players and the following lovelies:
The Fox – Kasper Vähä-Ojala
The Deer – Anni Virolainen
Skeleton Woman – Sipe Kilpiö
Fisherman – Niko Votkin
Running Lady – Astrid Swan
This year glitters with potential and undiscovered possibility. I am trying to gently swim into the current, but my anxious body is fighting back and I feel clumsy. Breath. Just Breath. I try to tell myself.
Follow this link to watch the first video for my album From the Bed and Beyond.
Don't miss the beautiful words that GoldFlakePaint wrote to go with this video premier.
The video is the first one the photographer Tekla Vály made. I'm very happy with it.
There are almost no words at all for how happy I am to be here right now – publishing a new song from my upcoming album From the Bed and Beyond.
You can head over to Soundi to listen to A Long Time Running (and read some stuff in Finnish).
Or you can visit Soliti to read about this single and the upcoming album.
Here are the streaming/shop links:
A Long Time Running:
Instruments, vocals, engineering, mixing, production by Astrid Swan
Echo drums by Alina Toivanen
Saxophone by Johannes Salomaa
|From my trip to Santa Fe in December 2015|
|My look for the David Bowie Tribute show at Korjaamo on February 3rd, 2016|
Needless to say, the death of David Bowie touched me on many levels. As a fellow music maker, a weirdo and a breast cancer survivor (not sure if I like to call myself that). I celebrate his journey through different expressions and forms of music and his trials in combining music to other artistic expression. I take inspiration from the way he moved. I grieve his passing and the pain he was in, but I refuse to see his last album as an orchestration of dying artfully. To me there is no such thing. Dying is a tragedy. It is always too soon and at the wrong time.
Before I press publish and return to today's business I want to say two things:
A) I am recovering from an operation, which was the first out of two reconstructions I will be going through this year. After a mastectomy in 2014 I will be becoming a two-breasted woman again this year. Just letting you know! It's amazing and painful and many other conflicting emotions as well as uncomfortable physical states...
B) Please, give your support to people who report sexual abuse, harassment or violence. Kesha's legal case against her producer and her label has and will give rise to more abuse cases being spoken about in public. There are cases that relate to the entertainment and music business and others that don't – for the victims it can be very important to talk about what they have gone through even if time has passed. The latest person to speak was Larkin Grimm. Statistics about sexual violence in the US can be found from RAINN.
In Finland go to Naisten Linja for support and information.
Here's what Lena Dunham wrote about the Kesha case in Lenny Letters.
Let this year be full of creativity and bravery! We must fight for human rights and dignity NOW!