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Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet
Classical and Jazz Pianist: Determined to blaze his own musical path, Eric Olsen has crafted a distinguished career in both classical and jazz music, as a performer, composer, and conductor. Visit his web page for much more...
Jaerv
The award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv, present an extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Together, the five members have created a homogeneous, vivid sound which has established Jaerv on the folk music scene as well as in many other forums. Rooted in several different musical traditions, Jaerv offers a varied stage performance where vocal, five-voiced tunes blend in with energetic dances and free improvisations. Jaerv has done several tours in the U.S., played live at BBC Scotland and performed twice at the biggest folk festival in northern Europe, Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
MARCIA BOYESEN AND ROGER LATZGO
Marcia Boyesen and Roger Latzgo began collaborating on musical programs nearly two decades ago. Since that time, the duo has won national acclaim, including a prestigious International Angel Award for Excellence in Media. Their numerous recordings are popular worldwide. Marcias musical journey began with singing in church and progressed through study in master classes at Westminster Choir College. Roger learned music at his accordion-playing grandfathers knee and continued through academic work at Rutgers College and the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Together they have studied with art song masters Elly Ameling and Dalton Baldwin. Marcias lyric soprano voice combines with Rogers classical experience in piano and guitar to weave a musical tapestry that brings their Story Songs to life. In their program for Scanfest 2017, Marcia and Roger present Hans Christian Andersen StorySongs. Songs include Rogers musical settings of The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Little Match Girl and others. Among the newer StorySongs is Latzgos musical version of a lesser-known Hans Christian Andersen story sometimes translated as The Millennium. In it, Andersen imagines what travel in Europe will be like one thousand years from his own time. The master storyteller spins it with uncanny accuracy. Latzgo makes it contemporary with a tempo di rap setting. Marcia and Roger are on a musical mission: to enhance understanding and deep appreciation of quality literature through the power of music. We know that ScanFest audiences will love joining them on this journey.
Kempton PA -
Phone: (610)767-7120
Norwegian Faering boat
Boat exhibit
8 Partridge Run
Washington NJ 07882 -
Phone: (908)887-4085
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Oskar Stenmark Trio
In Gärdebyn, Dalecarlia, you will find an important and ancient music tradition. The small Swedish village has been a cultural hub for over two hundred years. Oskar Stenmark, a flugelhorn player, is the tenth generation in his family to pass on this tradition, much thanks to his (paternal) grandmother Elsie Börjes, who grew up in Gärdebyn. Elsie went on a U.S. tour with a group of fiddlers in 1956, when she was only 17 years old. Oskar brings the melodies from past to present, now 61 years later. The trio has toured in Scandinavia, and recently finished a successful tour in Minneapolis, Chicago, Rockford, Bishop Hill, Eau Claire, St. Paul, Washington D.C. and New York City. Together with Swedish bass player Lars Ekman and Ukrainian-American pianist Alex Pryrodny, the group will perform polskas, waltzes and walking tunes, mixed with a contemporary expression and sounds from New York.
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Phone: (347)387-2912
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Pillerkaar
Pillerkaar Estonian Folk Dancers have been gathering in Washington, DC for nearly half a century! Founded by Anu Oinas in 1971, Pillerkaar has been delighting crowds and carrying the mantle of the Estonian folk dance tradition throughout the mid-Atlantic region and even abroad. The name "Pillerkaar" means "a really great party," after all! Their repertoire ranges from pastoral village waltzes to riveting polkas, from the traditional and timeless to the modern and dynamic. Estonia may be a small nation of just 1.3 million people, but its vibrant spirit is expressed most notably through song and dance, and Pillerkaar is proud to share that spirit with America!
Ruth Ann Cunningham, Soprano
Presenting songs by Grieg and also Sibelius. We will also present Irish songs and a delightful sampling of operetta and musical theater selections.
55 Payson Ave., Apt. 2D
New York NY 10034 - USA
Phone: (212)942-3674
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Scandinavian Women's Chorus of Rhode Island
In 1984, several Rhode Island members of the Eastern Division Womens Chorus of the American Union of Swedish Singers (AUSS) decided to form their own chorus in RI. Under the sponsorship of the Verdandi Male Chorus, which had been in existence since 1892, they met and invited interested singers to join them and search for a director. In 1986 they were voted into membership in the American Union of Swedish Singers. They were formed mainly to perpetuate Swedish culture, language and music. The chorus performs several times a year in concerts and sings at the AUSS- sponsored conventions and singing festivals every two years, on an alternating basis. The SWC often sang in concert together with the Verdandi Male Chorus. Unfortunately the Verdandi Male Chorus disbanded in 2010. We sing Scandinavian and English music for womens' choruses. We are a self-supporting organization, with funds coming primarily through performances and fundraisers. Every year the chorus sponsors the Kristina Greiner Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a young lady interested in Swedish music and culture. The candidates must be between a junior in High School through College.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
9 London Ave.
West Warwick RI 02893 -
Phone: (401)943-0547
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Skansen Children's Club VOA
Folk Dance by VASA Children's Club
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Smorgasbandet
Smörgåsbandet, with its roots in Scandinavia, energizes everyone with their entertaining smorgasbord of music from Gammaldans to Country, Cajun to Contemporary, and everything in between. Just back from a 3-day festival in Jamestown, NY, they've appeared many times at the Norsk Høstfest in North Dakota, the world's largest accordion festival in Ransäter, Sweden, and Scandinavian festivals and events in Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC and Montana. They recently entertained 50 Ambassadors to the UN at a Swedish Midsummer Gala in NYC. The 4 members of the band are Jeanne Eriksson, Swedish-American of the Year 2005 and recipient of the Polar Star Medal from the King of Sweden; Cajun Wayne Soderlund; Chad Widman Sweden Day Man of the Year 2015, and Wally Eriksson, nyckelharpa enthusiast. Smorgasbandet can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and their website www.smorgasbandet.com. They are very excited to be back at ScanFest at Vasa Park.
Spirit of Scandinavia
Spirit of Scandinavia is a group of local Scandinavian musicians, Ed Hendela, Wally Eriksson, and Lloyd Nilsen who present a variety of Scandinavian tunes for your listening and dancing pleasure.
Telge Glima
Swedish Wrestlers: About twenty years ago the group Telge Glima was founded in Södertälje, 30 minutes south of Stockholm, Sweden. The founders came together with a mutual interest in history and an interest to practice and show old sports and games. In the year 2015 they celebrated their 25th anniversary.
The Sloshbucklers
The Sloshbucklers are back with a return invasion...I mean engagement at the ScandinavianFest! Were a Viking themed demonstration group featuring axe and knife throwing. Wander through the encampment; stop by the range and see what the Sloshbucklers are all about!
3367 Hallsport Road
Wellsville NY 14895 -
Phone: (716)524-0468
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Trolls & Legends of Iceland
Heidi Herman has published four children's books based on the folklore of Iceland. As the daughter of an Icelandic immigrant, she grew up with the stories, but after her first visit there, she was captivated by the Sagas and legends. Now, sharing the stories of the Icelandic Yule Lads, Gryla, the Monster Worm and the Hidden People has become her passion. Along with writing books, she performs children's programs and family-oriented presentations on Iceland.
Vasastjarnen
Junior Club dance group from Vasa Order of America.
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Vidar & Randy
Vidar Skrede and Randy Gosa debut their combination of the melodies of Norwegian folk music with the rhythmic approach of Irish accompaniment. The duo performs a collection of Vidar's original compositions, traditional Norwegian folk music, and a few Irish and Celtic influenced and traditional tunes. Vidar plays fiddle, hardanger fiddle and guitar. Randy (USA) plays guitar and bouzouki. A professional in the Irish music scene since 1999, his bands include the Milwaukee based celtic trio Ce, Myserk, The Lost Forty duo with Brian Miller, and is an active ceili/set dance musician in Milwaukee. In addition to performing, he teaches at the Irish Fest School of Music.
Vinland Longships
Vinland Longships is a Viking reenactment group that owns a 22 foot Viking Faering (four oared) boat. The Skogar Þrostur (SKO-gar THROW-stur) which means "Blackbird" in Old Norse, is based on the faering boat buried with the Gokstad ship in Norway in the 9th century. The reenactors who founded Vinland Longships have organized educational demonstrations on Viking ships and Viking life, crafts and culture for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Norwegian Embassy and the American Swedish Museum, among many others. They taught docents at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and have travelled to L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada, St. Petersberg, Russia and up and down the east coast educating people about Viking ship construction, navigation and history. The Adventures of the Skogar Þrostur are documented at http://vinlandlongship.livejournal.com/.
1166 Slater Rd
New Britian CT 06053 - USA
Phone: (860)223-6843
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Von Halstern Medieval Reenactors
Medieval combat - will have battle reenactments, encampment, and will be displaying Viking artifacts
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