Seeking new musical territories is important for Mikael Augustsson. With his bandoneon and accordion he explores the intrinsic force of music, and creates a field of tension where the instruments’ timbre and nature constantly offer new dimensions.
The foundation lies in Argentinian tango. It is there as a part of him after the time he spent in Buenos Aires. But the music he creates is still unique, for the influences come from many directions, through both the journeys he has made and the different constellations of which he has been a part.
Over the years, it has been natural to invite Mikael Augustsson onto many of the major Swedish and international scenes. He has worked together with artists like Lena Willemark, Anna Järvinen, Ale Möller, Susana Rinaldi and Julia Zenko. The list can be made very long indeed!
With his phenomenal virtuosity, his wide-open musical sense and the bandoneon’s special sound, he has supplied an extra dimension in many contexts: Stockholm City Theatre’s arrangement of the Master and Margarita, Blue Tango at the Norrland Opera, the Park Theatre’s presentation of BREL, the Tales of Hofffman at the Folk Opera, to name just a few.
And the combination of composer and musician is a strength of Mikael Augustsson. With the bandoneon’s intense and sensual nature and the tango’s suffering heat, in association with impulses from composers like Stravinsky, Bartók, Debussy and Morricone, he creates music that is highly personal and unique. In the latest of a series of projects, he mixes impressions from Miles Davis’s recording Bitches Brew with elements from Astor Piazzolla’s Octeto Electronico. As well as Mikael Augustsson himself, on the bandoneon and accordina, his group consists of a string of prominent musicians: Andreas Unge, bass, Johan Lindström, guitar and pedal steel, Jesper Nordenström, keyboard, and Jon Fält and Christopher Cantillo, drums.