The members of Ale Möller Band have shifting musical backgrounds and together they create world music not necessarily rooted in each individual member’s background, but rather in the strength of their musicianship.
During the last two years, Ale Möller Band have worked intensively, touring the Nordic countries, Portugal and Japan, and released the new album entitled ”Argai” (which means ”Welcome, come in!” in the West African fula language).
The album was released in the autumn of 2012.
Musically, the album contains each band member´s entire spectrum of musical influences. As with earlier album, the material weaves together new and traditional styles from all over the world together.
Ale Möller, Mats Öberg, and Olle Linder.
Sweden’s best, and most constantly present multi instrumentalist, Ale Möller meets Mats Öberg, the pianist and keyboard player who plays whatever occurs to him. Olle Linder (percussion), another great folk musician in the folk music, makes the trio complete.
The band first saw the daylight during some sporadic summer gigs 2012. A mini tour during 2013 was an astounding success.
After that the band decided to work hard and to continue to explore a musical world that they have named “Folkfusion”.
Ale explains it as “a music lab and venue for genre rock and loose musicians”!
The band has recorded new material due to be released in 2018.
Bjäran’s musical paths crossed long before the band was formed. The four members met at a young age through folk music courses, and their musical development began. This shared background has given them a mutual understanding of Northern Swedish folk music traditions, with a particular interest in the vivid harshness and melancholy of the landscape. Those early meetings paved the way for tight musical interaction and right from the frst rehearsal, their sound started taking shape.
Their unique soundscape reaches out to audiences and challenges the listener to see things from a new perspective. The dynamic combination of a broad tonal image and progressive foundation of train-like percussion creates the characteristic sound of Bjäran’s debut album “Ack ve” (2014), which was well-received by both inside and outside the folk music community.
The Daniel Karlsson Trio have since their album debut Das Taxibåt in September 2013 established themselves as one of the most interesting constellations in Swedish jazz. Not least through the magnificent hat trick brought home by their sophomore release Fusion for Fish, released in August 2014. The album ended up winning them the Swedish Radio’s jazz group of the year Award 2014, Swedish jazz magazine OJ’s Golden Disc 2015 as well as the Swedish Jazz Grammy of 2015. Ears have been opened abroad as well, their music met with press accolades and frequent airplay in Germany, but also in the UK and Ireland.
This does not mean that the trio rest on their laurels. New music has been recorded through the Fall 2014 and the Spring of 2015 on Runmarö in the Stockholm archipelago and then honed to perfection at the brus & knaster studio in Stockholm. The result is now ready to be sent off into the world.
Norwegian fiddler Erlend Viken has teamed up with guitarist Marius Graf and cellist Leo Svensson Sander, creating an original expression that really stands out. This led to a long string of glowing reviews for their albums Frie Tøyler (Free rein) in 2014 and Nykomlingen (The newcomer) in 2017.
¨Spacious and rugged stuf from Norway¨. ¨Nykomlingen is a truly collaborative, adventurous CD¨ -Songlines
¨One of Norway´s hottest bands¨ -Svenska Dagbladet
“This is music that hits home whether you’re a fan of folk, rock or blues,” -Adresseavisen
”The strength of the compositions and the power of interaction creates a music of pure genius, ” -Bladet Folkemusikk
”There are tracks here that take their place on any best of-playlist you can imagine,” -Lira
Gjermund Larsen enjoys a position as one of the most respected and active performers and composers on the contemporary Norwegian folk music scene.
In 2002 he became the youngest fiddler ever to win the Norwegian Championship in traditional folk-fiddling, and in 2011 he was nominated for the Grammy Awards in the category “small ensemble performance” together with the Trondheim Soloists. Together with double bassist Sondre Meisford and pianist/organist Andreas Utnem, Larsen formed the band Gjermund Larsen Trio The three band members represent a wide range of genres, ranging from classical and contemporary to jazz and pop, as well as traditional folk music. A diverse background that results in a highly aesthetic and rewarding sonic landscape.
In 2008 they received the Norwegian Grammy for their debut-album “Ankomst”, and their second album “Aurum” (2010), was nominated intwo categories. Gjermund Larsen Trio´s last album ”Salmeklang” released in 2016 was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy. Gjermund Larsen won the award for ”Composer of the year” (2017)
A ”big year” champion birdwatcher, his brother a housebuilding father of two sons, their neighbor a percussion explorer of four continents and their cousin Anna Möller, the star fiddler of the band who’s also the daughter of Sweden’s living folk music legend Ale Möller.
They grew up with the traditional music scene, deeply embedded in the family. As Kolonien they reinvent their roots with their rich Swedish harmonies, both instrumentally and vocally.
When he was ten, Knut Reiersrud recorded Miles Davis and Mikael Urbaniak from the radio on his sister’s cassette player. Two years later, he and his brother bought themselves guitars after seeing Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters on TV. At eighteen, Knut became an overnight sensation when the same Buddy Guy and Otis Rush, having heard him for the frst time, embraced him and immediately invited him home to Chicago.
Knut Reiersrud (1961) is known to most people as a guitarist. It’s now over thirty years since he had the honour of playing with his legendary heroes. Since then he has played at 6,000 concerts, made more than 300 records, and 14 under his own name, and in between times learned to master ten diferent string instruments. The problems arise when you try to explain what kind of guitarist he is. A man who always travels around with eight guitars because they have been tuned diferently according to where the music comes from is versatility personifed.
For decades, Lena Willemark has been a central figure on the Swedish folk music scene, constantly crossing boundaries between musical genres as a vocalist. With her, she carries unique musical treasures that have been handed on to her by her masters.
After having studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, she has, alone or in collaboration with others, constantly expanded her expression. She has become one of Scandinavia’s most diverse and multi-faceted artists, mainly due to her ability to mold different influences and expressions into one homogenous whole.
Blåferd? (The Blue Journey) is a mesmerizing album from an always adventurous Swedish singer and violin player. Lena Willemark was inspired to write music for a Euroradio Folk Festival commission, after reading Siri Hustvedt’s book ”The Shaking Woman.” Hustvedt (a Norwegian studies professor) wrote about a recurring neurological condition which, when it occurred, would leave her shaking. As she undergoes treatment, Hustvedt wonders about her condition. Is it physical? Solely ‘mental?’ Both? Or a manifestion of memory? In short, what Willemark seems to have taken away from Hustvedt’s work is the concern for the outward life, and the submerged inner life. Willemark includes a quote from Hustvedt in the liner notes:
“Around and beneath the island of that self-conscious storyteller is a vast sea of unconsciousness, of what we don’t know, will never know, or have forgotten.”
An enjoyable musical slap in the face!
Sallyswag is a colorful, visual live band and collective. Flashy solos, heavy grooves and feministic messages form the basis of the band, and together they make up a unique act unlike any other in Sweden. Its members have their roots in dancehall, R&B, hip hop, pop/jazz, balkan/ oriental, afro beat and Swedish folk music.
The melodies take shape inside Sara Ajnnak like a soft cry from the outskirts of civilization. The melodies find their way from the depths of the heart, through forests and mountains, to reach the noise of modern civilization. Deep in the forests, the source of her ancient powers can be found.
Skenet is a band consisting of four young and fearless Swedes, who grew up together in the vibrant Nordic folk music scene that provides the roots of their sound. As kids, playing the violin together, they became fast friends, while exploring the language of music. Today, the collaboration – like their friendship – continues to grow.
In Skenet, that violin still creates the melody and voice, but adding drums, electric guitar, bass, and Moog makes for a unique combination of Nordic roots music and electric rock. While some of the melodies date from the 1800s, most are original compositions by siblings Lena and Stafan Jonsson. The themes may be inspired by a rich tradition, but the end result is something entirely new: instrumental, folk rocking, and psychedelic!
The band is made up of members of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners Last Orders, BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award nominees Rura and Swedish Folk Award winners Kolonien, alongside winner of the All India Radio Competition Carnatic Devotional singer Charu Hariharan, rising star of the Senegalese Griot tradition Abdou Cissokho and members of Swedish folk quintet Abra Makabra, Since the start in 2012 Världens band has carried out four highly successful tours of Sweden, playing at all of the major folk festivals, and two UK tours, where they have created an enthusiastic following after twice playing at Sage Gateshead, headlining Musicport Festival, and appearing at venues and universities across the country, including Band on the Wall, Rich Mix and Belgrave Music Hall.