VÄSEN - photo by Eva Karlsson

VÄSEN (SWEDEN)

AN ORIGINAL AND MAGIS SWEDISH DUO WITH NYCKELHARP

WORLD FAMOUS BAND, WHICH DOES NOT PERFORM FOR THE CROWD, BUT PEOPLE OF GOOD MUSICAL TASTE.

Three excellent instrumentalists have been performing for thirty-two years the music, which sounds like folk, looks like folk, but is not folk at all. It’s too complicated, original and different to be folk. But it would never come into being without inspiration from the traditions of the Swedish region Uppland. They named it Väsen music. A Swedish word with several meanings – being, entity, essence, fuss – which didn’t make it easier for the listeners. However, everything became clear when someone realised that it means “magical creatures“ in German. A nyckelharpa player Olov Johansson, a guitarist Roger Tallroth and Mikael Marin with viola – the three of them, but playing like if there were a lot more on the stage.
However, nothing is endless. Two years ago Roger Tallroth decided to leave the band. The two remaining musicians didn’t want to finish at all, so they changed their name to Väsen-Duo and keep performing. With her unique style, that if you close your eyes, you still hear many more than the two of them.

Photo: Eva Karlsson