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2 upcoming concerts!

2 upcoming concerts!

Diipak Dramatenbaren affisch

On May 22nd, Diipak and band will celebrate 10 years of music at the historic venue, Dramatenbaren! The show starts at 8 PM. Tickets cost 50 kronor and you can pre-order one by writing to diipak@diipak.org

On July 9th, Diipak will play an acoustic concert at Izzy Young‘s legendary Folklore Centrum, formerly known as the Folklore Center. The FC opened up in Greenwich Village in the 1950’s and is where a plethora of artists played their first NYC shows, including Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell to name just 2. Izzy packed up and moved to Sweden in the 70’s where he re-opened the FC where he continues to run it at 90 years old!(!) Show will start at 4 PM and costs 100 kronor.

So get yer calendars out and don’t miss these 2 unique shows!

Diipak 10 years!

Diipak 10 years!

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Today marks 10 years since my debut as Diipak when I released the self-titled EP with a concert at the historic venue Stampen in the old town of Stockholm, Sweden.

It was a fun evening followed by many more concerts and releases – 5 singles and a full length album, and a few videos.

Sometimes I wish things would progress a little faster, but I am happy with the progress!

Right now I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has helped me along the way – all my co-musicians, concert arrangers, sound-technicians, designers, artists, family and friends, and to anyone who has taken the time to listen to my music at home or live!

The name Diipak was given to me by a very wise and loving yogi, Dada Shambushivananda. He had heard me play a couple of my songs one evening and the next day I asked if he had a spiritual name for me (this was on a retreat and I noticed everyone else had received a name). He meditated for a minute, then wrote down Diipak on a small piece of paper and gave it to me. Then I asked him what it meant: “The flame which enlightens others.” Wow, ok…I’ll try! 

Now I’m going to try to think of everyone I can who has collaborated directly with my projects – really hope I don’t leave anyone out! If I do, please write to me and I’ll add you. 

THANK YOU:

Ananda Marga & Dada Shambu, Aino-Maria Kumpulainen, Alexander Baginski Ekroth, Alexander Hofer, Andil Dahl, Annelie Syster BackemoArlo Knox, August Sandström, Mikael “Berkan” Mikael Bergström, Brian Burns, Carina HedlundChris MockrishChuck AnthonyDada VedaDan ArvefjordDavid Jones, David Lombardi, Derek January, Eduardo Moretti, Emilio Bobadilla, Jaken Jaken aka Elin Jakobsson, Elin Lindell, Eva CentergrenFélix Kjellberg-Hill, Fredde Granberg, Fredrik Hellberg, Fredrik DambergFredrik Schützler, Frida AppelgrenGreger LindebergHanna Francis, Hawta Magid, Henrik NorbeckHerman Caroan, Hjalmar Bergom Larsson, Isabella Johansson, Isabelle Andö, Jair-Rohm Parker WellsJason GlasserJames Bradley Jr, Joaquim Joakim CederJonas Fogelström, Jonathan Glasser, Jonathan SegelJosé FigueroaKatja SkogKlara Kazmi, Krydda Sundström, Kyra Matustikk, Larry Lyons (RIP), Leah Harris, Leon KuhnLou Marshall Gould, “Loughy” Kieran O LoughlinMagnus Malmross, Marcos Colmenero LopezMaria Carlman, Marque Gilmore, Mats Burman, Mats FriskMattia DisistoMia TörngrenMiguel Pavez Acevedoo, Mikael WieheNiklas AlexanderssonPancho Chin A LoiPelle Vallgren, Per Johansson, Peter Moring, Robin Siwe, Sandra Rosa Bergman, Santiago Jimenez Borges, Sebastian Paco Dahlstrand, Stefan Kayat, Steve Wadidiz Morris, Stian Grimstad, Tabla Suranjana Ghosh, Tore Jarlo, Troy James, Ulf Bejerstrand, Ulrika Björnsdotter, Urban Danielsson, Victor AhlinVille Danielsson, William Prado

I wouldn’t be here – literally or figuratively – without the love and support of my parents, so thanks! Also, thanks to my first music teachers Barbara Vaughn, Benita Rose, Stan Renard and Nigel Coxe.

And to the Greenest Grass I know, thank you for all the love, support, feedback, patience, and help! Mitt livs kärlek 

Concert celebrating 10 years coming soon – heads up!

Here comes the original release 10 years later:

New song and video out!

New song and video out!

Excited to share a new song and video!

Apple Of My Eye – written and performed by Diipak
Filmed by Hjalmar Bergom Larsson & Anna Stenholm
Edited by Hjalmar Bergom Larrson
Music recorded by Nicklas Kempe
Music mixed by Kieran “Loughy” O Loughlin
Filmed at ScenKaskad

Three Weeks

Three Weeks

 

It’s been three weeks since the horror
Three weeks since five people lost their lives
For most of us life’s gone back to normal
For most of us, but not all

So here’s to us, the lucky ones still living
May we all grow old and grey and blessed with joy
May our days be filled with loving and with laughter
May our dreams come true and may we always thrive

And to the ones who perished, may you rest in peace
To your families and friends, strength and healing
May time do its work and help to comfort
May your hearts be made whole once again

And to the one who carried out this act
To the ones who thought it was ok
I pray the Devil will not find you, may God have mercy on your souls
And I hope there is no such place as Hell

And to all the other people out there suffering
May you find a way to shelter and to safety
May your lives be saved from misery and pain
May your situation miraculously change

It’s been three weeks since the horror
Three weeks since five people lost their lives
For most of us life’s gone back to normal
For most of us, but not all
For most of us

Diipak live on Swedish radio!

Diipak live on Swedish radio!

On September 21, Diipak & co. will play LIVE on Morgon i P4 Stockholm, the morning show of one of the major public stations in Sweden with ca 400,000 listeners!

With Diipak will be:

Alexander Baginski Ekroth, keyboard
Hanna Francis, voice
James Bradley Jr, drums
Niklas Alexandersson, guitar
Urban Danielsson, bass

Tune into 103,3 FM or listen via SR’s website streamed or afterwards as a podcast: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt?programid=739

The morning show starts at 6 AM and we will be on the air LIVE at 8:40. We’ll play 2 songs and in between songs there will be a short interview. Yeah!

The Rosenhill saga continues!

The Rosenhill saga continues!

by Eva Centergren

Rosenhill is a very special place located on the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden, on an island called Ekerö. Rosenhills Trädgård is an organic farm and a cider mill where you can either bring your own apples or pick them there. They produce honey; there’s a café which serves farm-fresh food cooked on location; a bar with organic beer & wine; pigs, chickens and other livestock; hammocks for swaying in, and an incredible vibe and natural surroundings. Cabins for rental…WWOOFers who volunteer for room & board, and then of course the amazing family Sillén who run Rosenhill. Lars and his beautiful yet regretfully late wife Emilia started off selling veggies in Hötorget, in central Sthlm, but eventually decided they would create something where people would come to them instead. The dream came true and many years later, Rosenhill is really paradise-like and very vibrant during the summers. Sundays is a drive-in flea market for anyone who wants to sell or buy…and there’s even a “free shop” where you can give/take things instead of dealing with money. : )

We will play at 5 pm, it’s family-friendly, single-friendly, whatever. DJ after the other acts. With Hanna Francis!

Here’s a video which gives a taste of the feeling of the Harvest Fest and the place by Félix Kjellberg-Hill (who happens to be the brain behind this very website):

Click on the poster to get to the FaceBook event!

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