|It was in
1960 on a Spanish guitar, borrowed from a neighbour, that the then
13-year old Bert “East”
Östlund's interest in music was aroused.
From this time on the guitar has
been an inseparable friend and played an increasingly important part in
|Four years later,
in 1964, he received a telephone call inviting him to play with a
wellknown pop group on a six-month
tour of Finland.
This he accepted, though there was a
problem. He had neither an electric guitar nor amplifier.
The bands manager, who had been
given the task of solving the problem, awakened him in his hotel room,
hung a Fender Stratocaster around
his neck and put an amplifier at his bedside.
The musical journey had begun.
In the seventies he began writing and arranging music for many artists.
He was much in demand and his music
was played and in the charts worldwide.
In the eighties he formed the group “7:e
himlen” (7th Heaven), which toured and released
several records. He also released two solo LP's under the name Ensamma
Vargen (Lone Wolf) on which he had written
both text and music.
1990 saw Bert widening the scope of his
activities by the building of his own recording studio
in which he could function as musician, producer and sound-engineer.
|Bert, under the
name of East, released in 2003 the CD “Let the Guitar Flow” (RRCD110
Riverside Records). An instrumental CD of his own guitar based
compositions, which was well
received particularly by the English guitar press.
Bert is currently very much in demand as
a guitarist, pianist and as in this production composer