The Fairytale of PNV
PNV, i.e. the violinist Stefan Pöntinen and the double bassist Johannes Nästesjö, started meeting in 2008 to make free improvisations together. They decided to record everything they improvised, every time they improvised. In the beginning they met alone, but soon they started playing in front of an audience. Always with microphones and recording equipment switched on, ready for work.
It wasn’t long before they had gathered a good collection of recordings. The next step was to release a CD. Stefan and Johannes met regularly to listen through the material. They became their own jury, a very critical one that only let the very best shots through. They decided not to use the very first recordings that were meant for volume I. Instead they chose tunes directly for volume II. When the music was selected, they prepared the audio files. One theme was set for each issue. Among the themes they chose were for example coffee, vehicles, and fire.
Once the theme was decided, it was time for the cover. The current theme was conveyed to Maria Widén, who PNV had engaged to design the CD-label, the back and the folders. As soon as she had designed the cover, the material was sent to be printed. And finally, the parts where put together into a finished product: a new PNV-volume.