Christian Munthe

Born June 12, 1962, Dalaro, Sweden; guitar.

Started playing guitar in 1971. 1978-1986 active as part-time musician, composer and/or bandleader in different pop-, rock, fusion- and modern jazz-settings around Stockholm.

'In free improvised music my greatest influence has, I think, been a combination of my earlier activities as a composer and the collaborations with Mats Gustafsson and Raymond Strid. Listening to Sten Sandell has also been very important for learning about the compositional aspect of improvisation. Apart from that, a milestone for me is the Derek Bailey - Evan Parker duo, especially a record called The London Concert, and other musicians who I rate highly are Günter Christmann, Phil Wachsmann, Roger Turner, Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton and Phil Minton. Also ethnic music of different kinds (Korean is a favourite) has been very important for my approach to the instrument.'

Played free improvised music since 1986. In the same year formed 'Two Slices of Electric Car', a continuing duo-collaboration with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, though since around 1992, corresponding to a change from electric to acoustic guitar (with some amplification and electronics), the group name has become 'Two Slices of Acoustic Car'. Active in different settings on the Swedish scene for free improvised music, including collaborations with poets and dancers.

Has collaborated in concerts and recordings with, amongst others, Eugene Chadbourne, Gunter Christmann, Alexander Frangenheim, Wolfgang Fuchs, Mats Gustafsson, Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton, Phil Minton, Pinguin Moschner, Gino Robair, Sten Sandell, Raymond Strid, Roger Turner, Phil Wachsmann. He has played at the following tours and festivals: SOUNDS, Stockholm 1989; Swedish Tour with Gustafsson & Moschner 1993; Vario 34, Hannover 1993; Swedish Tour with Fuchs, Gustafsson & Lytton 1994; Improvisationen I (w. Gustafsson & Strid), Oberhausen 1994; Scandinavian Festival of Improvised Music, Copenhagen 1995; German tour with Gustafsson & Moschner 1995; Swedish tour with Gustafsson, Strid and Roger Turner, 1996.

Further information

1983-90 regular contributor to Orkester Journalen (a swedish magazine for jazz and contemporary improvised music). Has also published essays on Swedish free improvised music and the concept of free improvisation.
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Recordings

1989, Sounds: Contemporary Swedish improvised music, Blue Tower records BTLP 01/02. Includes two tracks from 'Two slices of electric car'.
1991/1993, munt munt, Blue tower records BTCD 04. Solos and duos with Per-Ake Holmlander (tuba), Phil Minton, Raymond Strid, and Phil Wachsmann.
1993, Vario-34, Edition Explico exp 05/Blue Tower Records BTCD 06.
Of if, Blue Tower Records, forthcoming.
1997, Lennart, Blue Tower Records BTCDS 51. Two slices of acoustic car.
1998, * water writes always in * plural, Concepts of doing 004. Vario 34-2.
1999, Sounds 99, Blue Tower Records BTCD 09/10/11.


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