©Photo: Mikael Ringlander
"Lena Måndotter's Cohen-cd shows the art of balance with intuition
and feeling and mirrors the musical development of Leonard Cohen; from the
individual to the universal themes. Even though Lena is faithful to the
original versions she has created her own special musical arrangements and
singing-style for the songs which really catches the undertones of the lyrics.
Lena Måndotter has found the narrow path between her own artistic
expression and Leonard Cohen's. So it doesn't matter if you like Leonard
Cohen or not; Lena Måndotter's versions are well worth listening to.
" LIRA MUSIC- MAGAZINE, Jan Carlsson
©Photo Petra Elmqvist
"Many of Lena Måndotter's musical and literary projects have, since 1993, been supported by the Department of Cultural Grants/city of Malmö, The Savings Bank Foundation Skåne, The Swedish Writers Organisation, The Swedish Musicians Organisation,TrolliMoll Folkmusic, Undret Music, The International Writers Centre: Waves of Three Seas - Greece and The Cultural Organisation of Agios Stefanos - Crete Greece, The Swedish Institute, Centre Culturel Suedois in Paris, The Cultural Dep. for Grants of The Swedish Church, Studieförbundet Sensus, Studieförbundet ABF-Skåne, Folkuniversitetet Malmö, Studiefrämjandet Malmö, The National Council For Cultural Affairs, Culture dep. at Region Skåne and many others".
”I really like the Swedish singer Lena Måndotter’s deep
interpretations of Leonard Cohen’s songs. The sparse and tasteful
musical arrangements also leave the necessary space for her strong
though sensitive vocals. Acoustic guitar, bouzouki and cello mirror
very well the atmosphere of each song. It is difficult to choose only
one favourite-song but if I could only choose one it would have to be
’By The Rivers Dark’. It suits Lena’s voice perfectly!”
JARKKO ARJATSALO The LeonardCohen -files
Lena Måndotter interprets and performs Leonard Cohen's songs with
great warmth and deep intimacy. All concerts have been sold out since she
started the tour 2006"
"Splendid! The most intimate and heart-warming concert I've heard in a long time. Lena Måndotter's voice and singing is perfect for Leonard Cohen's songs." SKÅNSKA DAGBLADET (SWEDISH NEWSPAPER)
"sensual and dark dreaming vocals" BERLINGSKE TIDENDE (DANISH
"the music creates connection and sense... it's tightly held in a laidback way but there are also some heavier and darker parts...Lena Måndotter's strong vocals give the music it's natural centre. The acoustic accompaniment is intuitive and there are some powerful solos .Hearing them live on stage breath even more energy into these songs"
MAGNUS ERIKSSON, SVENSKA DAGBLADET (SWEDISH NATIONAL NEWSPAPER)
”Lena Måndotter has a long experience of Leonard Cohen’s
songs and on this cd she is faithful to the originals. It is a very difficult
musical task but Lena manages well thanks to her chamber music arrangements:
cello, mandola, acoustic guitars, spiced with some greek bouzouki. Her voice
is really taylor-made for Cohens
DALADEMOKRATEN (Swedish Newspaper)
"an evocative collection of songs...well put together, tightly connected
around the themes of hope and loss, love and despair...the musical form
is in the singer songwriter tradition...dramatic and
fateful...very impressive in many ways" ANDERS JADERUP, SYDSVENSKA
DAGBLADET (SWEDISH NEWSPAPER)
"excellent songs, in the same musical spirit as Walkabouts and Cowboy
Junkies. Lena Måndotters dark and lightly veiled voice also reminds me of the singer Margo Timmis...the musical way of mixing harmonica with lots of cello and violin gets me finally on my knees."
PETER SJÖBLOM, MUSIC-MAGAZINE GROOVE (SWE)
"Lena Måndotters vocals and stage performance is excellent and she holds her audience's attention like very few artist can. And the concert also contains a lot of humour and deep intimacy"
SVENSKA DAGBLADET, SWEDISH NATIONAL NEWSPAPER
"Lena Måndotter singing style is very poetic and it is in the world of song and poetry she deeply belongs" KVÄLLSPOSTEN/EXPRESSEN,
SWEDISH EVENING NEWSPAPER
"To release a cd with interpretations of Leonard Cohens songs is a
difficult and tuff task. But Lena Måndotter shows a deep respect for
the original songs and has performed them with great success. She now
forms this album with her vocals and beautiful and very well suited
musical arrangements" MUSIKINDUSTRIN (The Swedish Music-bransch Magazine)
”Lena Måndotter sings Leonard Cohen’s songs with real
authentic dignity. The musical arrangements also give a new dimension to the original songs. All one can do is just listen and fully enjoy these charming interpretations of Cohen-hits.”
"Last year Lena Måndotter released a very appreciated cd with
interpretations of Songs of Leonard Cohen. This follow up cd Songs From
The RIver" is a collection of her own songs and also interpretations
of classic folksongs. Lena's dark, both mellow and intensive vocals binds
it all together and creates a sense of
wholeness. Her own compositions are very impressive and the musical instrumentation is intuitive and in perfect understanding with her singing. This cd Songs From The River is one of my favourites, just like her Cohen-cd. Now I am looking forward to a cd with only compositions of Lena Måndotter. Her musical talent and capability is so obvious".
LIRA MUSIC-MAGAZINE, Jan Carlsson
"tremendously exciting" TV2/SWEDISH NATIONAL TELEVISION
"an exciting band with big potential. The music is a tasteful and alternative mix of folkmusic, pop, rock and classical avantgarde-music; a seductive musical blend. Seeing them live at the Hultsfred- festival, they're doing an excellent gig...Through their talented musicianship one realises this is profound art!
" JOHAN SÖDERLUND,
ROCKPARTY MAGAZINE, reviews on the web (SWE)
"great songs about the state of the world...the performance does not
resemble anything else on the Swedish music-stages right now...the concert goes against the mainstream and challenges the predictable and wellknown, in a unique mix of serious spirituality with political undertones - not overtones...and the music really swings...anoutstanding and exciting music-performance. And those of you who can't see the concert - buy the cd!
" INGELA BROVIK, SKÅNSKA
Excerpts PRESS-CLIPS cd Songs of Leonard Cohen:
"subtle and skillful music" FELICIA, SWEDISH NATIONAL RADIO P2
"intimate and skillful music and Lena Måndotter's singing is both
vulnerable and strong" SKÅNSKA DAGBLADET (Swedish Newspaper)
"beautiful musical arrangements and Lena Måndotter's warm voice and
skillful singing shows that she knows Leonard Cohen's songs, for sure!" SUNDSVALLS TIDNING (Swedish Newspaper)
"Lena Måndotter's interpretations of Leonard Cohen's songs are
intuitive and exciting. A beautiful combination of the warmth of the
solitary voice and tasteful musical arrangements."
SWEDISH NATIONAL RADIO P2, Marie Vesterholm
©Photo: Ronnie Hall
©Photo: Ronnie Hall
LETTERS TO A YOUNG SINGER
Premier Lilla Filmfestivalen i Båstad 2 aug at 15.30
(more info at FILM-Page)
Foto: Thomas Frantzen
”Letters to a Young Singer is a brave film about the
worlds of song and myth. I have deep respect for her creativity and professionality
as a filmer, and as a producer, because the production is also very beautiful.
I really hope she continues filming!”
HENRIK VON SYDOW, SVT Swedish National Television/Broadcasting.
"The film LETTERS TO A YOUNG SINGER clearly shows Lena Måndotter’s deep understanding of the connection between song and psyche and the body-soul work. Lena is a singer, song-therapist, writer and film-maker and the depth of the movie is shown in the original and convincing way she uses the images! People who watch this movie will be moved at a deep level and even if they don’t understand everything with their heads; their bodies will definitely understand”
MARION WOODMAN, Jungian analyst based in London/Ontario, Canada, and internationally known writer, lecturer and seminar-leader.