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Brent Buswell - Accordionist
His "dancing fingers" are sure to impress and inspire listeners of all ages with music for all occasions.
Daughters of Scandinavia
Annelie Fahlstedt of Upper Montclair, NJ and Susan Olsen Maren (photo) of Staten Island, NY, both play violin as well as Hardanger Fiddle. They are both classical violinists and play throughout the New York, New Jersey area. They have been performing together since 1991.
Upper Montclair NJ - USA
IVA is a true crossover artist, singer-songwriter and bandleader, art song interpreter and opera singer whose ethereal vocals and heartfelt songwriting have carried her across two continents and successfully bridged musical genres. Originally trained in New York City conservatories, she moved to Stockholm, Sweden on a Fulbright scholarship. After her first year abroad, she gained rave reviews for her concerts and was poised for a full time career as a classical singer. But thanks to a chance meeting, she decided to move in a different direction. At at New York gym she got to chatting with the casting director of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, who asked her to sing on the show. Max Weinberg took notice and IVA returned many times as a singer and actress. Then she was introduced to producer Manech Ibar by violinist Joshua Bell. With Ibar she made her first album of her own material, the self-titled "IVA," on French/New York label Vurse. A few years later she wrote her second album, "Ivolution," with songwriting and production team Martin and Andreas Karlegård. The album was picked up by Universal Sweden and IVA was featured in Billboard magazine, heard on national radio and TV, all while making her debut at the Royal Opera of Stockholm creating the role of Tamar in Sven-David Sandström's Batseba. Then events took a surprising turn for IVA. Ready to return to the Opera in 2010, they were struck by a financial crisis and IVA decided to travel back to the United States. She took the opportunity to reflect on her sound. Convinced that it was time for her to put together her own band, she started working with Philadelphia and Delaware musicians and released the EP "Leap" in 2015 with Grammy winning producer Tim Sonnefeld. The well-received album has been featured on NPR stations around the country, and here at home at WXPN Philadelphia. IVA has performed across the United States with her band and classical repertoire in eclectic venues like the Barnes Foundation, World Cafe Live, Lincoln Center, the New York Public Theatre and the Aspen Music Festival. She toured Europe last summer with Julie Nishimura at the piano performing Chopin, Copeland, and Strauss. Last year the Vasa Order of America named IVA Swedish American of the Year for her contributions to cultural exchange between Sweden and to the United States. She is the youngest honoree to date, and received the award in Värmeland, Sweden in July 2015.
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.
Magnus Martensson
Entertaining mix of classical music and humor in the tradition of Victor Borge.
Marcia Boyesen and Roger Latzgo began collaborating on musical programs nearly two decades ago. Since that time, the duo has won national acclaim, including the prestigious International Angel Awards for Excellence in Media. Their numerous recordings are popular worldwide. Marcia's 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 grandfather's 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. Marcia's lyric soprano voice combines with Roger's classical experience in piano and guitar to weave a musical tapestry that brings their Story Songs to life. In their program for Scanfest 2016, Marcia and Roger present Hans Christian Andersen Songs and Stories. Songs include Roger's musical settings of "The Ugly Duckling," "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "The Little Match Girl" and others. Among new repertoire this year will be Latzgo's musical version of a 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
Pillerkaar, Estonian Folk Dancers of the Washington DC Metro Area, is a non-profit folk dancing group which performs original and choreographed Estonian folk dances at various events in colorful national dress. They are the sons and daughters of first generation Estonians, their wives, husbands, children, and friends who are proud to display Estonian culture and heritage through the art of folk dancing. Pillerkaar has been performing worldwide since 1971 under the instruction and leadership of Anu Oinas, a first generation Estonian. Depicting the lifestyles of ancient Estonian people, Pillerkaar performs traditional folk dances which are derived from early occupations like fishing and pipe making along with animal mimicry depicting bears, frogs, and reindeer, etc. The polkas are riveting, such as the "Wedding Dance," "Grandfather's Polka," and "Grandmother's Brother's Polka!" Choreographed newer folk dances often mimic courtships and wooing while others demonstrate complicated sets of contra-like dances.
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
Skansen Children's Club VOA
Folk Dance by VASA Children's Club
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 2010 they celebrated their 20th anniversary.
The Swedish Meatballs
Toe-tapping, foot-stomping Scandinavian-American MUSIC! The Swedish Meatballs are all blended together with different talented spices to create a delicious and eclectic musical experience! Accordion music is in demand and The Swedish Meatballs get around town spreading Scandinavian music! It's all about adding fun and flavor to an event whether performing at a back-yard social, or at Brooklyn's Third Avenue Summer STROLL! Ellen Lindstrom and The Swedish Meatballs can be seen at just about every North East Tri-State IKEA special event! They also perform at venues such as Brooklyn's very own Brooklyn Brewery, The Salty Dog, Yellow Hook, and Buckley's. The Swedish Meatballs can be seen squeezing music out at Viking Fest, Scandinavian Folk Festival in Jamestown, up in the Adirondack Mountains, or on the Circle Line. You'll see them at special events at the Danish, GJOA & Swedish Football Clubs, the Norwegian Christian Home, Eger Home, and Danish Homes of NY & NJ. The Swedish Meatballs happily provide musical entertainment for the Vasa Order of America and Sons of Norway lodges and events. Ellen Lindstrom is an award recipient of Sweden Day's 2013 Woman of the Year. The Swedish Meatballs go the extra SMILE!
Phone: (917)968-2926
Junior Club dance group from Vasa Order of America.
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
1166 Slater Rd
New Britian CT 06053 - USA
Phone: (860)223-6843
Von Halstern Medieval Reenactors
Battle re-enactments, encampments, Viking artifacts.