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On a sunny, early summer’s day in 2020 – the first summer season of the pandemic – author Roy Freirich drove from his home in Malibu, California, to his local post office to mail a book to his Faroese musician friend Teitur. But when he arrived and a postal worker informed him of the astronomical cost of shipping the book halfway around the world, he decided against it and drove home again – book-in-hand.

A different, more budget-friendly form of correspondence would continue between the two creative minds, involving the author sharing his life experiences during the pandemic. Passages from the emails were mined and refined by Teitur, who crafted them into lyrics and used them as inspiration for the music he wrote for the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra on their new collaborative album, SONGS FROM A SOCIAL DISTANCE. The writing process began in the tumultuous year of 2020, reflecting the then-current state of things – the first summer of the corona pandemic raging along with all of its frustrations, fears, insecurities, rules, and insistence to keep a social distance.

On SONGS FROM A SOCIAL DISTANCE, the music for voice and big band revolves around the frustrations and bumps in the road that arose in what should have been just another trip to the post office.

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