When each note tells a story
Ale Moller Band is an expression of a long time interest in ethnic music from various countries and cultures. It follows the practice of making untraditional combinations of traditional sounds and instruments from all over the world. The result is more than an enjoyable sound - it is a story told through music notes.
Ale Moller´s first music passions were jazz, swing and be-bop. Up till his early twenties he played primarily trumpet but also guitar. One day he heard Christos Mitrencis, a Greek musician living in Malmo, Sweden, play the bouzouki. Ale was so enchanted with this extraordinary instrument, that he set off to study it. He traced the roots of rembetica music in Greece in order to master it. During his training in Greece Ale realised that the verve of that music springs from the players´ sense of identity and ethnic history. This awareness brought him back to his own background in Sweden and the surviving Swedish folk music.
Ale spent 10 years in Darlarna, a region that has preserved the Swedish fiddling tradition. He studied the tunes in depth, but instead of playing them on a fiddle, he translated them into bouzouki. To reconcile the traditional Swedish music with his Greek instrument Ale had to alter the bouzouki. He had a number of instruments crafted until he obtained the appropriate scales and sound. Ale was a key figure in the overall recreation of Swedish music tradition that took place in the 80s.
Ale´s innovative approach found expression in his following projects, such as "The Fiddling People" and "Bouzoukispelman". Ale not only combined music traditions from the various regions of Sweden, but he merged them with Brazilian and African tunes.
Ale Moller Band follows the above line of musical search. It features musicians with expertise in Swedish, Greek, West African, Norwegian, Afro-Cuban, Indian and Latin traditionsm as well as jazz. This colorful group uses a variety of instruments to communicate with its audience. Reflecting their diverse background, Ale Moller Band searches for the right notes to tell the stories it has learned - and plays them.
Ale Moller (born 1955) is a recognized musician from Sweden. His specialty is the bouzouki, and he also plays mandola, accordion, flutes, shawm, cow horn, etc.
Maria Stellas is a Swedish-Greek singer and dancer. She has specialized in older Greek songs, mainly the Rembetika repertoire of the early 1900s. She dances "Raqs Sharki" (belly dance).
Mamadou Sene is a West African vocalist and an acrobatic dancer from Senegal. He has lived and worked in Gambia and now resides in Sweden.
Magnus Stinnerbom is a young master fiddle player from Varmland who specializes in polskor from Josseharad, as well as music from the Swedish-Norwegian border area. He is a member of folk music groups Harv and Hedningarna.
Sebastian Dubé is a double bass player from Quebec, Canada. Both classically trained and a virtuoso jazz musician. Currently playing also with The Swedish Chamber Orchestra, based in Orebro.
Rafael Sida Huizar is a Mexican percussionist who came to Sweden in the 1970s as a member of a Mexican rock band. A percussionist with profound knowledge of Afro-Cuban and Latin drum traditions.
An album the Ale Moller Band released in 2004. Guest performances Jonas Knutsson (saxophone), Shirpa Nandy (Indian vocals), Kurash Sultan (Uyghur vocals) and Mats Oberg (keyboards).
Manifest Prize and nomination for a Grammy for "Sluring" (2003), the latest album of Frifot - a trio including Ale Moller.
Swedish Grammy for Nordan (1994), an album by Ale Moller and vocalist Lena Willemark.
Norwegian Grammy for Bråten Berg´s "Min Kvedarlund" (1993), produced by Ale Moller, who also played most of the instruments.