Bio: b. 1956, soprano and alto saxophones in mainly improvisational settings. Originally selftaught, later studied saxophone and music theory for Lennart Jansson 1980-1983, and Musicology, Ethnology, Philosophy and History of Ideas at Stockholm University. Collaborations in improvised music at EMS, th...See Full Bio
"Swedish, Stockholm-based free improviser, saxophonist Per Gärdin continues to expand his solo art on this, his sophomore album which follows In Situ)... It is a methodical study of the sonic spectrum of these instruments with a conscious effort to present a personal language and sound,..Gärdin has an impressive control on both instruments and his playing is associative and free flowing. He moves between the intense and urgent mode as on "Nan II" to the exploratory on "Skox (for s.l.)"... to the fragile and contemplative series of the seven short "K" improvisations, with a subtle use of overtones, and the strict minimalism of "Re: call II." The two longest improvisations, "Nan III" and "Dr Trana" feature Gärdin using extended breathing techniques in order to weave a dense mosaic of sounds, changing tempos, and feelings in an arresting manner, tough the demanding spirit of the entire album."