FOUR HANDS - Mats Norrefalk & Börje Sandquist
With its tight play, scenic intensity and rare ability to live in several aesthetic music worlds at the same time, Duon Four Mats Norrefalk & Börje Sandquist, has long been one of Sweden's most acclaimed guitar ensembles.
Börje Sandquist is a classical guitarist while Mats Norrefalk has his background in pop, rock and jazz. Both are also educators at the Music Academy in Malmö and Örebro respectively and have published several guitar schools.
Since the duo was formed in the early 1980s, they have toured Europe, South America and Russia and even recorded some albums. On the debut album 4 Hands, they perform with unmistakable feeling both their own and others' songs in a spirit of Latin American tradition. On the sequel Samborombon, they have created strong and personal arrangements of Evert Taube's music, but it also contains its own compositions.
During their visit to Uppsala International Guitar Festival, they offer a varied program, which has always performed with intensity and charisma. With 11-string alto guitar, soprano, 12-string guitar, cavaquinho, they create a diverse range of guitar sounds. My own compositions are mixed with music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazolla, Keith Jarrett, a fantasy of a pigeon melody or even a guitar version of Karl Grönstedt's Moonlight over the Ångerman River ...
To quote Sydsvenskan: "Dense, sensitive, refined, energetic and vibrant. Although the styles alternate, everything is bound together by the two welded guitarists' chiseled playing philosophy."