Upcoming Events - Future Programs

"The Second Coming"
Listening to Autumn

The first concert was a fantastic success and although the brave heros that crossed the "tundra" where indeed numerous (some even coming from "Lapplands Väsby" and Lund") there has been many phonecalls and e-mails from people that missed the concert requesting another chance! Since so many people got snowed in, kept sliding in other directions due to the "blitz-ice", or in other ways where obstructed in their attempts to enjoy the Cricket Concerts at Etnografiska, there will, by public demand, be one more concert with the same concept. Most of the musicians will be the same, but at the moment these details are being defined. Watch this space for more information soon.

Wednesday 29 November 2006 at the

Ethnographic Museum in Stockholm. from 7.00 PM
how to get there and back

Country & Eastern's 2nd Release party for the CD

Ting Qiu - Listening to Autumn

by Lars Fredriksson & The Chinese Crickets Rosary Ensemble

Two weeks in October will be devoted to tracking down mastermusicians in Shanghai and Beijing regions. I will meet with cricket breeders, catchmen and traders to form the basis for following events during the winter 2006-2007. They will all arrive in Stockholm just in time for the release of my second CD with Chinese Crickets called:

Ting Qiu - Listen to Autumn, with improvising musicians playing alongside the installation of three times one hundred and eight chinese crickets (i.e. three rosaries of crickets) that will just have been brought back by me from China with the kind permission of the Swedish Board of Agriculture division of Plant Protection (Jordbruksverkets avdelning för växtskydd). There will also be slideshows illustrating Chinese Cricket Culture and Environmental questions pertaining to crickets and their natural habitats.

• Release of the CD Ting Qiu - Listening to Autumn, with some information about the recording process and a short introduction of traditional Chinese Cricketculture.

Audiosamples from the "leitmotif" and highlights from the CD Ting Qiu - Listening to Autumn

• First set with all assembled musicians improvising with the crickets in the Auditorium.

• Concerts with soon to be decided musicians in independent sets.
Individual sets from the stage in the restaurant Babajan in the Ethnographic museum.

The Musicians:

Berger Knutsson Spering + guest, Roland Keijser, sax & flutes

Christian Spering, bass, Jonas Knutsson, reeds, Bengt Berger, dr

Additional free and specially invited roaming souls

Various musicians yet to be decided, various instruments.

The Cricket Rosary Ensemble consists of :

Bamboo Bells, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Purple Bamboo Bells, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Purple Bamboo Bells, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Silver Whistles, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Green Lutes, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Golden Bells, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Horse Bells, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Small Yellow Bells, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Large Yellow Bells, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Chinese Ink Bells, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Redlegged Ant Bells, wings, tympanic membranes & air
Stone Bells, wings, tympanic membranes & air

one Rosary consists of 108 crickets, also known as Bells. (learn more about cricket names)

• Listen to samples of the Rosary Ensemble from the record Ting Qiu at www.countryandeastern.se

• Installation of 3 x 108 crickets of ten different species i six stations. Six Bamboo poles in pendulum from the ceiling.

• Continuous slideshow of cricketrelated images that runs in the auditorium where the crickets are playing the whole evening, a perfect retreat for meditation with the cricket rosary ensembles....

• DJ. MultiKulti with a remix of the just released CD Ting Qiu - Listening to Autumn

• Food and Beverages will be available to order the whole evening in the Restaurant Babajan that is fully licensed.

One copy of the CD "Ting Qiu - Listening to Autumn" is included in the admission fee to the concerts that will be set to 200 Swedish Crowns.

If you do not want to wait until then, you can buy the record on the net here

or download it as mp3 files here

If you should happen to have missed the first concert and find yourself unable to attend even this second tome, do not despair! There will be ample opportunity to enjoy the Chinese Cricket Rosary Ensemble at the newly opened Gallery Tegen 2. Where the crickets will spend the last three weeks of November.

Three Weeks in November 2006.
Opening ceremonies at 3 - 8 PM Thursday November 9th.

Installation together with the artist Gunilla Sköld-Feiler of one rosary of one hundred and eight chinese crickets at the recently opened new Gallery Tegen 2, at Bjurholmsgatan in Stockholm. There will also be slideshows on Chinese Cricket Culture and Environmental questions pertaining to crickets and their natural habitats, as well as concerts and poetry readings. The first performance of a newly written composition by Dror Feiler on his rare collection of select historical sounding moulten bells, tinkling chiselled chimes and other resonating cast metal.performing together with Mr. Fung's Chinese Cricket Rosary Ensemble of Purple Bamboo Bells, Ink Bells, Yellow Bells & Heavenly Bells.

The installation will be open daily during the last three weeks in November 2006.

Opening hours 12.00 - 17.00

Read more about the historic Tegen 2 (in Swedish only...)

Several Concerts in different locations to be announced here.

If you like to arrange your own musical soiree with crickets or live cricket installations please contact me at: "c r i c k e t "at" b o l i n g o "dor" o r g

Reference material for my CD's and books

These pages are created to serve as additional bonus information on the culture and tradition of keeping singing crickets in China, as well as a record of my own experimenting with, and development of this pastime as a means of artistic expression and environmental survival.

Concordance to Chinese, Japanese & Latin cricket names
with English and Swedish Translations.

Read more about Crickets

What press and media has covered so far

Created at Bolingo Productions in Sweden, copyright Lars Fredriksson | Latest revision Thursday, Oct 5, 2006.