Björn Johannson Lindh

Guest musician

2011 Opeth - flute  

Personal information

Also known as: J:son
Born on: 25.10.1944
Died on: 21.12.2013

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Björn "J:son" Lindh (born Björn Johansson Lindh, 25 October 1944, Arvika, Sweden - 21 December 2013) was a Swedish flautist, keyboardist and composer. Lindh scored music for films including Mannen På Taket, directed by Bo Widerberg, and Jägarna, directed by Kjell Sundvall. He was awarded the Cornelis Vreeswijk scholarship in 1993.

Lindh played on many of Ralph Lundsten's albums, especially in the 1970s and 80s, and he played with guitarist Janne Schaffer as well as classical pianist Staffan Scheja. The works he recorded with Scheja went under the name "Spirits Of Europa". His first U.S. release on Vanguard's Free Style label, A Day At The Surface, was recorded at Sonet Records in Stockholm in 1978 and included Janne Schaffer, Gambian percussionist Malando Gassama, Pete Robinson on period synthesizer, and Stefan Brolund on fender bass. In 1984 he played the flute solo on Murray Head's U.K. No. 1 single "One Night In Bangkok", taken from the Tim Rice/Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus musical Chess. In 1986, he collaborated with the progressive New Age music group, Triangulus, on their self-titled album. He performed with musicians from other countries, for example on the album Islands by Mike Oldfield.

Although Lindh was a flautist, he frequently performed on the piano (or Fender Rhodes), and also made use of various synthesizers on many of his recordings. Some of his songs are relatively experimental, using up-to-date technology and instruments of that time, such as the Synclavier which he made use of on the album Atlantis, together with Ralph Lundsten as the engineer. He performed on Opeth's 2011 album Heritage, on the seventh track called "Famine".