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Roland Keijser speaks

The 25th of January, only a few days ago, the Swedish saxophone player Roland Keijser left this world. He had been in bad condition for a while, but only a few of his good friends knew that this was the time for him to leave.

The Ukrainian writer and cultural worker, Sergei Starkowski, living in Berlin and a close friend on of the organisers of the Swedish Hagenfesten, Joel Grip, talked to Keijser at Hagenfesten in 2012. Here is Keijser’s story in his own words, as told to Sergei Starkowski.

Here Keijser is telling some incredible stories, as about the Tallinn Jazz Festival in 1966 (the first ever in USSR) where he played alongside the Charles Lloyd Quartet, and others stories. Keijser talks about his work with progressive rock groups in Sweden, he talks on microbiotics, woodshedding [vedboding, as Keijser would express it in jocular Swedish] as a sabbatical from music, on playing with Don Cherry, Bengt Berger and many more.

The interview is located in our section Intervjuer, but you can go directly to the interview here (opens in a new tab)!

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