Ellen Arkbro & Johan Graden

The new collaborative project of composer Ellen Arkbro and pianist Johan Graden is a beautiful meeting of two friends and inventive musical minds, resulting in the most affecting and surprising of pop music.


Arkbro's work has been presented around the globe at prestigious institutions such as the Barbican in London, GRM in Paris and the Kölner Philharmonie in Köln. Graden is one of Sweden’s most sought-after pianists, moving freely between classical music and the European contemporary jazz scene. Following their collaboration on Ellen's acclaimed 'for organ and brass' released on Subtext, new album 'I get along without you very well' expands on the duo’s intoxicating exploration of meditative, spiritual sonics in unexpected ways.

From its opening notes, 'I get along without you very well' delights in subtle tensions and contradictions. While no song lasts more than a few minutes, the album feels distinctly unhurried, its atmospheric textures and sparse rhythms seemingly distorting the flow of time. The duo’s arrangements conceal an incredible amount of compositional detail paired with a distinctive sonic pallet, of brass, woodwinds, upright bass and synthesizer. Arkbro’s ephemeral vocals, meanwhile, entirely absent from her solo works, provide a perfect counterpoint to the album’s rumbling low-end, magnifying the intimacy and vulnerability of the music.


John Stevens