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I'm a drummer and percussionist with a 50-year old interest in what is now called World Music. Originally a jazz drummer, my own music has become heavily influenced by Hindustani, Karnatic and West African musics which I studied during some years in India and Ghana. In my site you will find links to pages about some of the things I am involved in: Indian classical music: My tabla and mridangam teachers and musician friends, soundfiles of my teachers, friends and of myself, scores, press material, things going on at the moment, information about recordings, links to friends etc.

Contact: Bengt Berger, Kantarellvägen 10, 122 63 Enskede, Sweden
bengt.berger@beche.se


During all of 2015 we are celebrating our Guru Pandit Taranath's centenary with concerts all over India. In October Berger Knutsson Spering will play concerts in Mangalore, Shirali and Panjim as part of these celebrations. Here is a Pakhawaj solo by Pandit Taranath, recorded in Sweden in 1969.

 


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Here are some films from the India tours at our YouTube page, shot by Jöns Jönsson and Anna Intemann.

During our guru Pandit Taranath Rao's centenary year I visited India twice to play concerts in his honor, first with the Berger Knutsson Spering trio in October 2015 and in January 2016 with my big group Beches Brew.
We also played together with our gurubhais and other Indian musician friends and some of them will visit Sweden for more Beches Brew concerts in October 2016. This has all been possible thanks to a grant from Musikverket.

BKS in India by Rupesh

20160103_Beches Brew in Chennai

Since March 6, the cenenary year of ourGuru Pandit Taranath is over since he now would be 101!

Gurubhandu 2015

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This album is digital-only but here is a new cd:

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Some of my other releases on C&E:


After 19 years as a trio, Berger Knutsson Spering found a fourth member and its Max Schultz. Here is our first album as a quartet!Released 2015:

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Spjärnsvallet was a great group in the mid seventies, we rerealesed our old album and added some new music, 40 years later.
Released 2014:

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Beches Brew BIG was voted 3rd best Gyllene Skivan jazz release 2013

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Beches Brew BAG (digital-only)

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The Bitter Funeral Beer Band


Country & Eastern is distributed by Naxos Sweden, meaning our musical quality is matched by worldwide quality in distribution.

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Thru time travel I have been able to find an article that I will write in the year 2059 describing the evolution of the artists' working conditions and the co-operation with the bureacracy during the last since 1959. It all started with an interview with Lenny Bruce that year which later on started that explosive development in the arts.

Here is Lenny's interview

and here is my letter from the future.

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I've put up some old pics from a duo concert with Roland Keijser some years back. Click below to see them

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www.countryandeastern.se
www.facebook.com/CountryAndEastern
www.gplus.to/countryandeastern
https://twitter.com/countryeastern
www.womex.com/virtual/country_eastern
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