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If you are looking for professional, high quality Big Band charts that are different from the regular stuff – both in sound and form – you have come to the right place. In the Web Shop you find information about the various charts, view extracts and listen to recordings of many of them. If you want to buy any chart, payment is easily made through PayPal or Stripe and you download your purchase directly. Please note that all prices in the Shop include VAT.

My writing is deeply rooted in the jazz traditions, combined with my personal touch and voice.

If you have any questions, a contact form can be found under the header or in this link: “contact”.

Happy Valborg!

I wish all of you visiting here A Happy Valborg (I just the other day learned that the English name is Walpurgis…)! I hope you all will have a nice and peaceful Saturday night, and that the lovely month of May brings spring to fulfilment before summer sets in. Maybe you feel like going to a public Valborg bonfire – like the one pictured to the right – event tonight?

After a hiatus due to some arranging and editing assignments, work is again under way on new compositions that subsequently will be published here. Until then, check out the web shop for the great sounding, exciting-to-play, and audience-friendly Big Band charts that already are out and for sale.

How can the unthinkable happen?

It continues to amaze and horrify me, that in social contexts too many people let those individuals with the worst behaviour determine and set the over all function and orientation of the group. It’s as if there is some kind of instinctive behaviour in us humans to excuse, shelter, explain and endure those persons that totally act without any social conduct and contexts – not to mention all those who seek to take personal advantage of the opportunities to act out of conventions, those dominating people create.

These thoughts have occured more frequently with me since the war in Ukraine broke out a little more than a month ago. How is it that the surrounding world over and over again, excuse, shelter, explain and endure – and thus accept – those persons who control their countries by murder, violence, oppression and repression and to that openly threat other people and countries? The simple answer would be: Because they have – or do – something we want to take advantage of; but I’m not sure this is the whole answer.

Maybe the answer to why the worst acting persons can set the overall orientation for a group, is because the Human as a species is by evolution and survivalism friendly, open minded to the overseeable group and automatically lazy – seeking the easiest way of sustenance. Maybe the normbreakers, the violent, the manipulative liars offer easily taken shortcuts to benefits and presumed development?

The unprovoked Russian attack on Ukraine is a crime, and to me a consequence of letting the worst acting person set the orientation for almost a whole world, for far too long. War only brings atrocities and suffering, and is the foremost breeding ground for the next generations of norm-breakers, violent liars and oppressors. Therefore it has to be stopped.

The best we others can do, we whom are not directly involved in world-wide politics and economics, to prevent the next war or the next oppressor, is to no longer quietly accept the worst acting, normbreaking, manipulating and threatening person in a social group we find ourselves in. Don’t let them set the agenda, nor the interactions, and shut them out if possible. From countless historical examples, those people never change from being accepted and taken in; they only change from setbacks, more often painful than not. It is our responsibility not to let forward the next Trump, Putin, Xi, Bolsonaro, Hitler and so on, already in the phase of their lives where they are private and inconsequential to the world.

Let’s help each other with that, and I believe we have come a long way in preventing the next criminal war against a free country.

New composition in the Shop

Less than a year ago, I worked for one of the worst bosses I’ve ever encountered in my life; an ignorant, prejudiced, complacent and conceited person that by all standards should have been working with simple, repetitive tasks instead of leading a workplace full of competent, ambitious people. This abomination of a leader sometimes felt like a curse to me, and my working place, and almost like a supernatural affliction that could be expelled by magical invocations and spells. To say that I was happy to get away from that place, is an understatement.

The frustration, irritation and fear provoked in me as an employee, made me associate this abomination of a boss to the Japanese supernatural haunting Nukekubi. A human-like creature that in fact is a kind of vampire, whose head detaches – mostly nightly – from the body to fly around attacking people; drinking blood and eating flesh.

Now; all these emotions and associations are condensed and canalized into the new composition “Floating Head” – that from today is available in the web shop. This new piece contains some Japanese modes and scales, as well as driving groove, easily recognizable funk flavour from the seventies, and some humour – despite its serious origins.

A Day of Contemplation

For a long time now, maybe closer to thirty years, I have carried the Holocaust with me as an almost daily thought and awareness; ever since the day when my then piano teacher held a lecture for me and my schoolmates about how she just the other day had recovered many of the repressed memories of how she was sent to Auschwitz with her mother and sister, got led into the gas chamber, and actually got out again due to some miraculous malfunction in the normally industrial process of murdering people that the Nazis had constructed and administrated.

My piano teacher was a short woman, with a neat and rather small voice, but when she for the first time since it happened told us, about the arrest of her, her sister and her mother, how they were sent by train to southern Poland, the disapperance of her mother, the brief but scarringly terrifying moments in the gas chamber with her little sister, the emptying of the camp when the Red Army closed in on it, the death march they were led out, and abandoned on, the rescue by accidentally being found by a British patrol, her and her sister’s sickness from all their catastrophic privations, she filled the room with something larger than life and her voice riveted all of us – students and teachers alike – until she ended her story and we realised we had been sitting perfectly still several hours in complete silence, and shock. I will never forget that lecture.

It is absolutely imperative that we preserve the memory of what the Holocaust was, how it came to be, who constructed and pursued it, and lastly: what it is today, because we still live with its consequences and the vile heritage of the mindset that made it possible. This is why this date, the 27th of January, to me is a day of contemplation and sorrow. Other days may be dedicated to memories of all sorts of sad or happy events, but no other remembrance date is for remembering a crime in the scale of the Holocaust.

Few days left of the December Sale

There are a few days left of this year’s December Sale; ending on the 31:st. Take the opportunity to buy great sounding, stimulating and fun to play charts at the discount of 30% on all compositions, and 25% on all arrangements!

I wish all you visiting here a Happy New Year! May 2022 be the year when we finally can break free from the clutches of the pandemic.

December Sale coming up

Between December 1:st and 31:st there will, as usual, be a sale. The discount is 30% on all compositions, and 25% on all arrangments.

Take the opportunity to buy great sounding, stimulating and exciting charts at lowered prices. Maybe as a Christmas gift, or to reinvigorate your band’s repertoire for the spring season.

Stay safe everybody! Lets hope that the pandemic is declining, despite these new mutated variants coming up.

New Composition In the Shop

Inspired by the writings and haikus of the seventeenth century Japanese poet Matsu Basho, I wrote a piece of lyrics for a female vocalist picking up on his themes and images, that now has been given musical fittings into a composition for Big Band. A text about the disapperance of life on Earth from environmental devastation and depletion from human activities, is in this piece given some touches of Japanese modes and scales in the accompanying music.

This new composition, titled “The Frog and the Banana Tree” , is now available in the shop.

I wish all of you visiting here a Corona-safe and an otherwise really nice autumn (or spring on the southern hemisphere)!

Working In September

The Summer Sale ended with August but – at least here in Sweden – the summer did not. Though we’re soon into October, the weather is still warm and sunny and today I even saw bees buzzing around the still flowering plants in the garden. Weather-wise it feels more like late August, than late September.

As well as the bees, I have been busy too. Just the other day, I finished work on a new composition based on Japanese scales and modes, titled “The Frog and the Banana Tree”. It’s a vocal composition, for a female vocalist, and the lyrics is inspired by Matsu Basho‘s writings and haikus. Right now I’m editing the hand written draft score – seen here to the right – in Finale and when the score and the parts are finished this new chart will be published in the web shop.

Other than that, I hope that lifting of the restrictions in many countries will not lead to an increase in infection spreading again, so that societies all around the world slowly can go back to more normal conditions for everybody.

Still: Stay safe everybody, and be careful! This Corona virus seems to be able to spring nasty surprises on us, but I hope the pandemic really, really is subsiding now.

Summer comes to a close

The summer of 2021 is, with this August, slowly coming to a closure; flowers wither, leaves on the trees start changing colours, birds migrate and animals and insects alike prepare for autumn and winter. We humans go back to work from vacations, and schools start – anew for some, premiering for others. For me, the atmosphere of August is an eager, busy and anticipating time, where expectations remain untried and hopes have the energy to be pursued.

August can also be a time of melancholy, when a sense of time lost and of a scheduled, regulated life limiting one’s ambitions, slowly seeps into consciousness. On the northern hemisphere we are undoubtedly heading for darker, colder and rainier times.

But there still is much summer-ish sunlight, many warm days, many green lawns and flowering plants left, and the water in the lakes and the sea can still for long be batheable in temperature. Like with the Vervain from our garden in the picture, the summer is still on, and with that the Summer Sale still has a few more weeks to remain open.

Until August 31:st there is the opportunity to buy great sounding, stimulating and unique Big Band charts at the discount of 30% on all compositions, and 25% on all arrangements. All to give your band a stimulating injection to the repertoire for the autumn rehearsals. If you want to know anything about a chart, or would like to see some passages not shown with the product, feel welcome to make contact at: contact(“at”)danieleng(“dot”)com

I wish all you visiting here, a really nice summer ending and to stay safe from the recent upsurge in the pandemic.

Check out the Summer Sale

While this summer’s sowings grow and mature, like these sweet (and cute) tomatoes on my balcony in the picture, the Summer Sale of 2021 has one more month to go. Until August 31:st prices in the shop are reduced by 30% on all compositions and 25% on all arrangements.

Take the opportunity to buy stimulating and great sounding charts for your band at reduced prices, to get an energy injection to the repertoire and the musicians after the vacations.

I wish all of you visiting here a great summer, and to stay safe through what can come from this wretched pandemic – that still tries to hang on to us.