I’m planning the Stick concerts of 2024 now by making this 40-minute video with excerpts from 2023’s repertoire. I have been booked a lot to play in churches and I think the natural acoustics of these grande halls work exceptionally well for this moody music.
I decided to release a second album following my Video Music concept. This means that every track on the album originally was conceptualized as a music video. With these videos I want to show how all the instruments, heard in the music, actually are played.
Myself, I enjoy it so much more to watch music being performed on the actual instruments, compared to just hearing an audio recording, and I also want others to experience this wonderful aspect of life.
Here’s one such video:
Below are the dates and venues of my October 2014 US west coast tour. This project would not be possible without the great help from Rick Walker, Gene Perry, the Free Hands Academy, Peterson Entertainment and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Thank you!
Oct 10, Seattle, WA: North West Loop Fest
The Royal Room,
5000 Rainier Ave.
6pm – 10pm.
Oct 11, Portland, OR: North West Loop Fest
The Analog Cafe & Theatre,
720 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Oct 12, Ashland, OR: North West Loop Fest
1951 Ashland St.
For more information on the above mentioned festivals, please go to
Oct 15, San Jose, CA
BEST of Y2K14 International Live Looping Festival
ANNO DOMINI GALLERY, SAN JOSE
366 South1^st Street
Oct 15-20, Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Francisco:
YK2 International Live Looping Festival.
Now in it’s 14th year, the Y2K14 International Live Looping Festivals have expanded to 21 cities in 11 countries worldwide. It is a very creative and eclectic festival that celebrates the musicians who love to create and manipulate loops, live, in front of an audience. There is no style or genre associated with the movement, just the love augmenting musical performance with digital and analogue looping techniques.The main festival is in Santa Cruz, California for 3 days in the 3rd weekend of October every year. This years’ festival will be from October 15th – 20th in San Jose, San Francisco and Santa Cruz/Watsonville
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Oct 22, Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA: SoCal Loop Fest
5202 E Pacific Coast Hwy.
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Oct 24, Los Angeles: Per Fest
7503 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
7pm – 11pm
A bunch of Stick players will play solo pieces in a round-robin manner.Do not expect one single dull moment!!! :-) A Stick Night initiated by Gene Perry of the Free Hands Academy.
Emmett Chapman, Kevin Keith, Don Schiff, Gary Jiblian, Michael Johnstone, String Planet (featuring Larry Tuttle and Novi Novog), Mike Kollowitz, Gene Perry, Per Boysen.
Instrumental music by Per Boysen for electric string instruments in orchestration. Big thanks to Emmett Chapman and Tim Donahue for inventing and building my magical instruments! On this solo album I’m playing the 12-stringed Chapman Stick Guitar on most pieces, quite a lot NS 5-stringed Cello, some Steel Guitar and Fretless Harp Guitar. For the sparse strings orchestra sweetening I want to thank the guys behind Spitfireaudio.com and LA Scoring Strings for providing the best tools of the trade.
CDs available at Stick Enterprises, BandCamp, CD Baby and some other places.
This album is a solo project and I’d like to give credits to all the wonderful electric string instruments I am lucky to be working with:
1) The Twelve Stringed Stick Guitar, SG-12.
The 36″ scaled Stick has been around since the early seventies and often used for bass parts on records (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson…). But this little 26,5″ scaled two-handed fretboard tapping instrument offers a rather different tone. My gratitude reaches out to Emmett Chapman for inventing the Stick in the sixties and for putting down the hard labor to develop and manufacture it all since 1974. Check out Stick Enterprises at www.stick.com
2) Electric Cello, NS – Ned Steinberger.
This low price cello model was designed by Ned Steinberger, that used to make guitars before. It doesn’t use electro magnetic pickups, like the Stick and electric guitars do, but some other construction that offers the player to flip a switch to optimise the tone pickup for bowing vs finger plucking. I use both ways of playing in these recordings. My NS cello is the five-stringed model.
3) Fretless Harp Guitar.
This is a wonderful music tool! A fretless ebony board neck with six strings and also six freely twanging harp strings. Both 6-strings groups have EMG electro magnetic pickups and may drive two different amplification rigs, if you like it that way. The harp side does in fact have one “fret”; if moving away your left hand from the fretless neck you can push down any harp strings towards the fret to raise the pitch by a half note. What makes this harp guitar different from traditional harp guitars is that the harp- and neck string groups are tuned in the same octave (traditionally harp guitar’s harp strings are bass strings). Doubling notes for a unison sound or plucking close clusters are techniques I love also on the Stick Guitar.
The man that brought this lovely instrument to the planet is Tim Donahue. He built his first prototypes in the early eighties and still plays the TDHG better than anyone! Tim lives in Japan where he leads manufacturing of these guitars. www.timdonahue.com
4) Steel Guitar.
Mine is the Dusenberg Fairytale lap steel model that has two levers that will let you soar into those classical country licks without having to deal with the monstrous pedal steel guitar machinery. I use a heavy steel on the strings which initially felt a bit awkward compared to the feather light glass-slide-on-finger treatment I’m used to give my vintage style Stratocaster.
5) Electric Guitar.
Not much to say about this one, I guess. My oldest premier instrument now used on only one track out of this album. I still love guitar but use it quite rarely these days. You know, sometimes it just sounds so… guitar-ish.
6) Fractal Audio AxeFx II.
This is the very catalyst that unleashes the magic! If you have ever loved the sound of driven tube amps and dusty speaker cabinets this digital modelling device is loaded with the classic models and some new. It also offers great classic effects and best of all: it will let you patch up different components into a combined amp-cab-effects rig system and develop your own custom patches for instant control of live electronics. Took me about a year of intensive use to get into all of its virtues. Can’t hail this box enough, it is almost too good to be true. What a sound! What a great vibe to play through it! It not just makes all my electric instruments sound good, this amp also maximises the dynamic feel in physically playing string instruments. I’d say that the experience of playing through the AxeFx is that you suddenly gain access to a much wider spectrum for expression! Small moves on the strings makes a bigger difference sonically. http://www.fractalaudio.com/
Make Musik Sthlm
The streets of Stockholm Södermalm (the southern city island, “SoFo”) will be cooking by outdoors live music on June 6. First time I performed at Fête de la Musique in Stockholm was 2002 and in recent years it has become a healthy habit for me to take part in MMS every June 6th.
The physical “Stick Street” CDs just arrived from the pressing plant. I’m mostly selling them hand to hand at concerts, but you can also order a CD from:
http://perboysen.bandcamp.com/album/stick-street (packages posted from Stockholm, Sweden)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/perboysen5 (packages posted from Portland, OR, USA).
Digital Download sales are also available from those two web shops, but also at most other DDL Music web shops on the web.
Someone filmed at this concert and a few video clips are posted at http://www.youtube.com/perboysen