As one of Sweden’s best known and innovative folk music bands, Nordic has continued for the past ten years to enrich their sound and inspire their audiences. On November 9th, 2016, they released their third full-length album “Collage”. A work of art drawn from their palette of new compositions in a range of everything from poetic waltzes to Brazilian samba. A few new interpretations are also featured, including a serene version of Frank Zappa’s “Blessed Relief”. Here we hear yet another example of how Nordic has refined its concept; To let their sound filter through a musical sensibility deeply rooted in groove, poetic tones and their inexhaustible playfulness which forever keeps the music vital and relevant, both for themselves and their audience.

On the album we also find “Nordic Symphonic Suite” a specially composed work which is one of the fruits of the celebrated collaboration with NorrlandsOperan’s Symphony Orchestra last fall. The original ten year repertoire of Nordic’s own characteristically innovative compositions firmly grounded in traditional Swedish folk music has been arranged for symphony orchestra by Karl-Johan Ankarblom and given new life. Now this fall, the result can be seen on Veckans föreställning on SVT, December 17. Don’t miss it!

Nordic is

  • Anders Löfberg – cello
  • Erik Rydvall – nyckelharpa
  • Magnus Zetterlund – mandolin

 

Quotes:

“The trio’s newly composed contemporary folk music and equilibristic playing is amongst the most vital and intelligent that the genre today has to offer“ –

 

“—Nordic, in some incredible way, creates small universes of rhythm and groove of all kinds in their music…”

Karl-Johan Ankarblom

 

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