Keep the memory of Esbjörn Svensson alive!

Keep the memory of Esbjörn Svensson alive!

April 10, 2020
Petition to
Kultur- och stadsmiljöborgarråd. Jonas Naddebo
Signatures: 1,810Next Goal: 2,500
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Why this petition matters

Started by Monica Mazzitelli

Dear Sir,
We are writing to kindly bring your attention to the Swedish jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson. You may recall that he passed away during a tragic diving accident some years ago, on June 14th, 2008.
As you are certainly aware, he is considered not only a giant in his genre, but also a revolutionary jazz musician by all his peers and by the huge crowd of fans that are still mourning him to this day.
The impact of his compositions, developed with the contribution of his trio musicians, Magnus Öström and Dan Berglund, have made him the most influential jazz composer and player of the last twenty years. This is why you will recognize so many famous names in this signature list.

Esbjörn spent most of his adult life in Stockholm, where he unfortunately died and is buried. Sadly, no public trace of this exists there. We believe that some initiatives should be taken to honor his name and to make sure his legacy remains.

Here are some of the initiatives that could be actuated:
1.     Naming a street/square/bridge/park after him. With the understanding that this would not be 100% easy, it could be in the area of Djurgården, close by the water that he loved so dearly, as that area is not densely populated despite being so central. Obviously, it would be beautiful to have a statue portraying him nearby.
2.     Making sure his photo is hanging on one of the walls of Stockholm Arlanda Airport's arrival hall (where there are photos of many legendary or famous Swedes).
3.     Creating a digital jazz discotheque in his name somewhere in Stockholm where people could sit and listen not only to the music of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio but also to all Nordic jazz that followed his path. Being digital, it could be very small, just a few square meters that could also be hosted in one of the many concert halls in town.

Thank you for reading our plea. We hope you will take our request into consideration.

Monica Mazzitelli with

Anton Eger
Arild Andersen
Asja Valcic
Bugge Wesseltoft
Christian Spering
Dan Berglund
Daniel Karlsson
Espen Eriksen
Fredrik Lundin
Helge Lien
Ida Sandlund
Iiro Rantala
Ivo Neame
Jacob Karlzon
Jeanette Lindström
Joakim Milder
Karin Hammar
Lars Danielsson
Magnus Öström
Maria Pia De Vito
Marius Neset
Martin Hederos
Mats Eilertsen
Nils Landgren
Nils Petter Molvaer
Peter Danemo
Rita Marcotulli
Sören Bebe
Ulf Wakenius
Viktoria Tolstoy

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Signatures: 1,810Next Goal: 2,500
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