CLEEMANN

CLEEMANN

 Copenhagen, Capital Region, DNK
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

>>I know we had the best show in town last night.
Dave Rutledge, SXSW Stage Manager - Velveeta Room, Austin. March, 2011

Biography

Investigations in the tricky art of writing music

CLEEMANN is a Copenhagen / Chicago based one-man-project centered around singer, multi-instrumentalist and musical director Gunnar Cleemann – a Danish folk experimentalist prodigy of immense and uncontested talent.

With a great emphasis on harmonies, lush orchestration, and arrangements, Cleemanns songcraft reflect a low-voiced side of the D.I.Y. spirit. Revealing vulnerability and spirit, his voice is entirely his own – clear, deep and vast as an ocean – a most remarkable instrument exuding its own ambient brilliance.

Live Cleemann performs solo-acoustic or in a band set up according to the nature of the venue. In live shows, he adapts musicians and delivery depending on the situation in order to be true to the moment. The audience picks up on the excitement that this is a one-of-a-kind performance that can’t be recreated. Rich in emotion from all ends of the spectrum, his live shows and music look to be vital, appealing and never the same twice.

In February 2011 Cleemann was approved by the USCIS receiving his 3-year 0-1 Artist Visa.

US Agent:
Michael Teach, CAU

Personal Management:
Jeanne Betak
betak@cleemann.nu

NEW RELEASE autumn 2013
In a planned triology the 2nd solo-album of Cleemann is a cross-ocean project between Chicago and Copenhagen. Album 'Different' contain 11 songs - vinyl with digital download.

The Chicago based sessions are supported by team Chicago Acoustic Underground, host and founder Michael Teach.

REVIEWS
>>Cleemann's music is about as unique and interesting as pop music comes. However you wish to classify the mystery that is Cleemann, it's hard to deny that there's something genius about his work.<<
pReview 2008, Senior Ed. Andrew Fenstermaker, Fensepost.com

>>There are two qualities I look for when judging pop music - catharsis and satisfaction - and Cleemann delivers both.<<
Senior Editor Jesseca Bagherpour, DayBowBow, January 2010

>>It is a triumphant display of one man conquering all aspects of the art of musicianship.<<
Ron Trembath, FensePost, February 2010

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS
Himmelstorm Festival, Torup DK, 2011
Widow's Peak Music Festival, Earlville IL, 2011
SxSW, Austin TX, official program, 2011
35Conferette, Denton TX, 2011
Nebraska Pop Festival, Omaha NE, 2009, 2010
Copenhagen Songwriters Festival, Copenhagen DK, 2010
Songwriter Power Ranger, Lincoln NE, 2010
SPOT Festival (DUP) Aarhus DK, 2009
MEI - Independent music Festival, Faenza IT, 2007
Vesterbro Festival, Copenhagen DK, 2007

DARE TO CARE tour 2009-2013
USA
Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, and Indiana.
EUROPE
Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris

USA RADIO LIVE APPEARANCES
Fearless Radio, Chicago, May 2013
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, 2012
Radio Noir Vault: Cleemann /April 2010
UNO MAV Radio, Omaha, NE (2009, 2010)
KRFC RADIO, Fort Collins CO (2010)
WHPK Radio, Chicago IL (2009).
CAU, Chicago Acoustic Underground, PodCast session no. 274

Lyrics

Romantic

Written By: © Gunnar CLEEMANN 2009

It’s bridges and

A house and it’s

The foundation we make

It’s the path that we choose

It’s the freedom we loose

It’s the love

The love we live

It’s the things that we do

It’s between me and you

It’s the love

The love we live

It’s hoping and

It’s longing and

It’s groving in dreams

It’s the path that we choose

It’s the freedom we loose

It’s the love

The love we live

It’s the things that we do

It’s between me and you

It’s the love

The love we live

Love

Love

Love

Love

Righteous

Written By: © Gunnar CLEEMANN 2009

I never start an argument that I can’t win
I know the outcome of every debate there ever was
Nothing that you’ll say will make me change my mind
about it

Do you know how it feels
to be right all the time
how it tiers and dulls your mind
to be right all the time

I see no reason for disagreeing with me
but if you try I want you to know that
everything you say can and will be used
against you

Do you know how it feels
to be right all the time
how it tiers and dulls your mind
to be right all the time

Righteousness
it is such a heavy load to bear
infallibility
feel how it rips and tears

But do you know how it feels
to be right all the time
how it tiers and dulls your mind
to be right all the time

Do you know how it feels
to be right all the time
how it tiers and dulls your mind
to be right all the time

To be right all the time

To be right all the time

All the time

Repairman

Written By: © Gunnar CLEEMANN 2009

You’ll ride down the highway
With the wind in your hair
You’ll pass all those byways
Without a care

But look out
There are stones spread
Out on your way
And you
You just might crash
and fall some day

There we’ll be after all
We are the repairmen
And we’ll stay and repair
We are the repairmen

There is no trick to it all
We’re just trying to be helpful

I guess that is all

All of the people
That we meet
They sure seem great
All dressed in gold
blue and red

I can tell by their looks that
They’re filled with hopes
and desires
But one day
One day
They just might blow a tire

There we’ll be after all
We are the repairmen
And we’ll stay and repair
We are the repairmen

There is no trick to it all
We’re just trying to be helpful
And we will stay
We will repair
We are the repairmen

I guess that is all

I guess that is all

Emphatic

Written By: © Gunnar CLEEMANN 2009

Unintented lack of wisdom
Is often found
Yet hard to blame

Not enough of anything
Is far too much for anyone

To be rich it truly is
To be content
with what you’ve got

And I know life can be hard

And I know things keep
changing all the time
Soon we’ll find
Life is for us

Don’t let the fear
control our life

Let’s spred our concrete
wings and fly

Don’t let the blind
lead the blind
Life is for us

Unintented lack of humour
Is often found
Yet hard to blame

Far too much of anything
Is far too much for anyone

Sadness seems so overrated Just because it’s hard to bear

And I know life can be hard

And I know things keep
changing all the time
Soon we’ll find
Life is for us

Let’s not throw all our bags
out the window
We might need some of them When we’re walking
Out the door again

And I know life can be hard

And I know things keep
changing

Don’t let the fear
control our life
Or our minds

Soon we’ll find
Life is for us

Collide

Written By: © Gunnar CLEEMANN 2009

I bet that we can

I bet that we will

Keep making ends meet
And keep keeping still

All tight-lipped and straight

Keep thinking it’s great

Yet all of the time we know
Sooner or later it’ll show

Feels like we fade a little
When truth and dreams collide

Feels like the road is too narrow
Once we start to slide

I bet that we will

I’m sure of myself

We’ll hide it away
On some far away shelf

Keep it out of the light
Keep chanting it’s right

Yet all of the time it grows
Sooner or later it shows

Feels like we fade a little
When truth and dreams collide
Feels like the road is too narrow
Once we start to slide

When truth and dreams collide There’s nowhere we can hide

But deep in our hearts
It grows
Sooner or later it’ll show

Feels like we fade a little
When truth and dreams collide
Feels like the road is too narrow
Once we start to slide

When truth and dreams collide There’s nowhere we can hide

Truth and dreams collide

Ambitious

Written By: © Gunnar CLEEMANN 2009

Madness staggers
Down the street at night

What a sorry sight

In search of just one
decent mind
in a generation

But he can find none
Where have they all gone?

Now I hear him say

A tiny house to call my own
A smiling wife
with a cordless phone
That’s all
I really want

A shiny car and a nice TV
A neighbor who looks
just like me
That’s all I want

Who can blame him
After all
It doesn’t sound like much

Just the basic needs
And I know exactly
how he feels

He’s afraid of
ridicule and scorn

As I hear him say

A tiny house to call my own
A smiling wife
with a cordless phone
That’s all
I really want

A shiny car and a nice TV
A neighbor who looks
just like me
That’s all I want

That’s all I want

I want a million euros
And a noble cause
A 1000 nails and a tiny cross
That’s all

I want a giant castle
to call my own
And a clean white wife
Made of stone
That’s all

That’s all I want

I want a giant car
And a huge TV
And a neighborhood
just like me

That’s all I want

That’s all
I need to be

All I want

All I need to be

All I want
That’s all

Discography

NEW RELEASE autumn 2013
>>Different<<, 2nd solo-album, vinyl with digital download

COMPILATION PARTICIPATION 2011
>>Independent<<, Children Of Mercy: Tales From The World Of Independent Music, compiled by Ron Trembath, February 2011

COMPILATION PARTICIPATION 2010
>>Ambitious – Spejderrobot Remix<<, Nebraska Pop Festival Mixtape, September 2010
>>2005<<, ball of wax, Audio Quaterly, volume 20, edited by Levi Fuller, Spring 2010
>>Princes of Denmark<<, Fast Forward: The World Cup Goes Indie, Indiecater Records, May 2010
>>Romantic<<, Series Two, retrospective compilation, USA, May 2010
>>Ambitious<<, HOME Volume 1, UK, primo 2010
>>Optimistic<<, O Bosque / Woodland, UK, primo 2010
>>Romantic<<, Tweefort: Music and Art, New Haven, USA, primo 2010

COMPILATION PARTICIPATION 2009
>>Santa Claus lives (in Nebraska)<<, Series II Christmas ed., december 2009, USA.
>>Absent Part 1<<, Nebraska Pop Festival Mixtape, August 2009, USA.
>>Righteous<<, Series II No. 18, January 2009, USA.

TV
DR2 (Danish National Television)
Faeroe Islands National Television

AIRPLAY
DR (Danish National Radio) >>Emphatic<<, on rotation
DR (Danish National Radio), airplay
SR, P3 Lab (Swedish National Radio) host Pelle Moeld, >>Ambitious<<, airplay
WLSO.FM /earpicked indie-PODcast editions, on rotation since August 2008. Satellite broadcastings to 80.000 listeners.
MavRadio, University Of Nebraska, Omaha, on rotation

DISCOGRAPHY
Autumn 2013
"Different", genre: Indie & alternative pop
2nd solo-release

1995-2009
"45 Minutes Mostly About Caring", genre: Indie & alternative pop
solo-project, 2009.
Composer / lyrics / vocal / chorus / guitar / bass / keys / glockenspiel.

Official ed. released September 21st 2009 by Artiscope Music, Copenhagen. Digitally available and Amazon.

Special ed. released June 30th 2009 by Series Two Records, Nebraska.

"45 Minutes", genre: Indie & alternative pop
promo release, Popkomm, Berlin, 2007

"Slowdogs", duo, 2008, genre: Indie & alternative pop
in co-operation with danish artist Iben Salto.
composer / additional lyrics / guitar / bass // keys / chorus / glockenspiel / backing vocal.
Plain records 001, may 2008, distributed by Gateway.
myspace.com/SLOWDOGS

"Betonhjertet", 2003, genre: musical
Arrangement / guitarist / kazoo.
A danish musical instructed by conceptual installation artist Frans Jacobi.
Video and CD published by Space Poetry.

"Music for Fish", 2002, genre: film soundtrack
by Sugar Beet.
Session guitarist.
excess records.

"Cracks", 1997, genre: grunge
by Jeep
composer / lyrics / vocal / guitarist.
co-produced with Kim Hyttel, Cannibal Records.

"Lobotomized" 1997, genre: thrash metal
by Missing Link
chorus.
produced by Flemming Rasmussen.

"super001", 1995, genre: grunge
by Crazy call Buddha
composer / lyrics / vocal / guitarist.
co-producer.

Set List

1 Ambitious
2 Righteous
3 Collide
4 Romantic
+ new songs from comming 2012 album:
5 Stupid
6 Lost
7 New
8 Aviator
9 5 Billion Years
10 Generous
11 Indifferent

+ xtra
Violent Femmes/ Blister in the sun/ acoustic version