Ajabu!

Ingela just signed up with publishing company Ajabu! and will be releasing the physical and digital album of Image of you in March this year.

The physical album will be released in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Austria and Germany…for now.

 

Continuing what I started

2012 started off in confusion and struggle. I had finished my studies and had become a mother. Well, not exactly in that order. And it was time to let my boyfriend have his father’s-leave. I was unemployed and on an open road that actually felt like a highway. I had the opportunity to shape my life as I want it to be, yet at the same time I needed an income fast. I tried hard to have the patience in believing that it will all work out. That the right work will come to me. Off course I was searching work advertisements everyday with hopes of finding one that wouldn’t take so much time from what I really wanted to do and still bring enough income for a small family. I come from a family of workers. No one has had their own business. So my automatic way of thinking is that I should get a job to earn money. But my dream is to write music and play full-time. In the start of 2012 my dream and my learned truth of life clashed. I knew what my heart wanted but I didn’t know how to get it and the stress from not having an income increased every day. Still I had decided to release my second album on my own label in March and make some concerts around that time. At the same time work was actually coming to me. A small employment as a singing teacher lead to another one and yet another one. New songs come out of me in spite of the lack of time. But money-wise that was not enough. Suddenly I found myself working more than full-time, but most of that time was in a position that I did not want. I had to constantly remind myself to appreciate those small things that actually went my way. I had to believe I can change slowly.

Now that I look back on the year passed I realize that I have started to create the life I want. I found work teaching singing and music half-time and I have started new music projects. My album “Image of you” is being released again through the label ajabu! in BeNeLux countries as well as Germany, Switzerland and Austria. I’m also learning how to meditate and I feel it is helping me focus on the things I need to do to feel at peace.   So 2013 is really about continuing what I’ve started.

Wishing the best to come for you

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Image of you recenserad i Uppsala Nya Tidning

“…Emellanåt kan man tycka att den norska utgivningen är mer spännande och gränsöverskridande än den svenska. Så det är roligt när man hittar exempel där svenska musiker tar ut svängarna lite extra. Här blir det flera sådan exempel. Ingela Jansson använder bara förnamnet som artistnamn. Hennes andra soloalbum Image of you är en riktigt positiv överraskning. På debuten handlade det mer om renodlad jazz medan hon denna gång blandat influenser från folk, pop och americana. Det passar hennes vackra och smidiga röst perfekt. Den räcker långt i sig men här har hon också med sig de musiker som behövs för att göra ljudbilden spännande och dynamisk. Marika Willstedt på cello, Kristofer Sundström på bas och Sven Johansson på gitarr lämnar sina tydliga avtryck. Tillsammans med Ingelas utsökta låtar blir resultatet riktigt bra. ” (UNT 8 februari 2012)

Radio interview

If you understand the swedish language you are welcome to tune in to P4 Radio Uppland at 10.30 am on Monday the 13th of August. I will be talking about my latest album “Image of you” with Jocke Jonsson in his morning show.

So I better go to sleep now so I don’t say anything strange out of tiredness…

Review of Image of you

RYMDPOPPIG JAZZ. Från första lyssningen blev jag helt tagen av Ingela Janssons album Image of you. Det som gör mig så förtjust är de ständiga överraskningarna. Melodier som tar oväntade vägar och spännande, intensiva utsvävningar i arrangemangen och upplägg. Samtidigt är balansen noga avvägd och de olika delarna av musik, ackompanjemang och text lyfter varandra istället för att tävla om uppmärksamheten. Det är lite jazz, lite pop, lite experimentellt, lite improvisation och mycket, mycket personlighet. Image of you är den svenska sångerskan och låtskrivaren Ingelas andra soloalbum. Det första var en en jazzbaerad skivan som släpptes i Europa 2009 och blev upplockad av det japanska skivbolaget P-vine. Image of you är egenutgiven och inspelad analogt på rullband i Fashionpolice studios i Stockholm. Men oavsett hur hon har nått resultatet är jag helt betagen. Det finns något i musiken som drar mig med. Som får mig att vilja gråta och skratta på en och samma gång. Eller bara sitta helt stilla och lyssna om och om igen.”

Maria Lagergreen, LIRA musikmagasin April 2012

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

“SPACEPOP JAZZ. From the first listening I was totally taken by Ingela Janssons album Image of you. What makes me so delighted are the constant surprises. Melodies that take unexpected turns and exciting, intensive arrangements. At the same time the balance is finely considered and the different parts of music, accompaniment and lyrics lift each other instead of compeating for the attention. It’s a little jazz, a little pop, a little experimental, a little improvisation and a whole lot of personality. Image of you is the swedish singer and songwriter Ingelas second soloalbum. The first one was an album based on jazz that was released in Europe 2009 and picked up by the Japanease recordlabel P-vine. Image of you is released on her own label and recorded analogous on tape in Fashionpolice studios in Stockholm. But regardless how she got this result I am totally filled with admiration. There is something in the music that draws me into it. That maks me want to cry and laugh at the same time. Or to just sit still and listen over and over again.”

 

Image of you is released today!

As from today you can download Ingelas new album “Image of you” at iTunes, amazon, HMV and many many more. Just check your favourite webbstore.

The physical album can be purchased by sending your physical adress to

clappingsounds@gmail.com

The album costs 120 skr + delivery fee 24 skr

Moments of contentment

I have just returned home from the doctor with an infected throat and vocal chords. Not allowed to sing until I feel well. I am finally starting to get some job offers teaching, but then I got this infection. I feel disappointed in my body for not letting me earn the money I’m offered. My son is taking his afternoon nap and I am half sitting/half resting in our red couch. The first thought that enters my aching head is that I could continue looking for work on the internet, but instead I pic up Patti Smiths biography “just kids” and start reading. After only a couple of pages her memories evoke mine. Memories of moments of complete contentment. Long before I had decided what I wanted to do with my life. I also remembered why I had felt so content.

It was just after high school and I had eloped to the south of England to…well, you know “find myself”. But the thing was that I really did. I simply let myself be who I really was without the charades I had put on in high school. My social life during high school was actually someone elses social life that I was trying hard to fit into. To the small town of Lewes I came as ME. And this sweet moment that I remember is simply me sitting by myself with some cheap coffee in my favourite cup and my crappy old guitar in my lap. In a room where I didn’t own much but the clothes in my suitcase and the photos on the walls that I had taken with my new analog camera. It was a moment of daydreaming and inspiration and I probably wrote down an idea for a song and then pondered about a life in England and the next photo session I wanted to do. My creativity at this time was still so clean and independent of other people’s opinions. I had no expectations and no belongings more than my clothes, my camera, my guitar and my favourite coffee cup. During that time of not knowing what to do with my life and with only a few belongings I was totally free.

Maybe I value those moments highly because I have a small child now and don’t get much time for reflection, but I feel I need to remember those moments so I don’t fall into the money-making-trap or start bothering about what kind of music I should make to please others. And a full-time job is not contenting. It’s just about making money to buy things I don’t need and then not having any energy left for pure creativity. I should simply make more time for those moments of reflection and let the art, lyrics or music simply enter my peaceful available mind. I believe it will pay me back one day. Only now I have five favourite coffee cups…

Anyway. Life is now.