Channa Riedel is a writer, poet and musician. She recently graduated from the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg and the debut album of her band Beloveds was released in 2019. This year she will begin a master’s in Literary Composition at HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design, and is currently working on her first collection of poems.
Beloveds is an ensemble that started in 2016 In Gothenburg, Sweden. Composer and singer Channa Riedel uses poetry in order to create music that is intimate, rugged and beautiful. They find inspiration from music such as Liberation Music Orchestra, Victor Jara, Hanns Eisler as well as Swedish and Jewish folk songs. Lyrics are by Palestinian, Swedish, American and Russian poets such as Vladimir Mayakovsky, Juliana Spahr, Stig Dagerman and Channa Riedel.
In October 2019 debut album Så tar natten dig åter was released on Swedish indie label Abrovinsch Records. The music is a bittersweet mixture of jazz, folksongs, cabaret and progg (Swedish left-wing and anti- commercial musical movement from the 60s and 70s).
Så tar natten dig åter deals with themes such as flight, political struggle, exile and love.
Channa Riedel, voc., comp. Anton Jonsson, drums Björn Petersson, bass Joel Haag, guitar Gustav Davidsson, trombone Pelle Westlin, tenor saxophone & clarinet Karl Magnús Andersson, piano
Wild melodic excursions, quick scene changes in tone, and harmonies that spring up like the mighty beating of
wings as birds rise in flight make this one of the more eccentric, and fun, recordings of 2019.
Dave Sumner, Bird Is the Worm, https://www.birdistheworm.com/best-of-2019-34-beloveds-sa-tar-natten-dig-ater/