2022 – 2023
Five reed organ pieces composed and preformed on one of Alfred Cedergrens reed organs. An instrument with two manuals and pedals. The instrument was built by Alfred Cedergren who was a reed organ builder 1870–1925 in Vänge on the island Gotland. During this period of time Hulda Veström lived in the same village. When Hulda was 14 years old she left her mother and sisters to travel to her father in Los Angeles. In spring 1912 she boarded the Titanic together with her aunt, who was also named Hulda. There is a picture of the two Huldas in the wooden chapel in Vänge where the Cedergren instruments today are gathered. In 2019 Felicia Sjögren moved to the village Vänge and the chapel with reed organs became her closest neighbour. Over time she got to know the instruments and stories of the village. When she decided to write music on one of the organs she knew she was going to dedicate it to Hulda, a teenage girl 100 years into space and time of this very place. Hulda is also the name of one of the few women prophets in the Bible, appearing in the Old Testament with warnings of the doomsday. The album is written and recorded in the chapel by Felicia Sjögren.
Vinyl release May 12 2023
You can find the vinyl in recordstores:
PetSounds and Record Mania in Stockholm
Open Mind in Uppsala
Bengans in Göteborg
Composed and mixed by Felicia Sjögren
Recorded by Felicia Sjögren & Richard Hellgren
Mastered by Linus Larsson
Cover artwork by Knut Stahle
Work-in-progress July 27 2021, Cedergrens Organ Museum, Gotland
Premiere July 28 2022, Cedergrens Organ Museum, Gotland.
November 6 2022, Vårdklockans kyrka, Gotland