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Groupa

Incorporating modern instrumentation and imaginative improvisation, Groupa has taken a contemporary-minded approach to the folk music of Sweden. Led by drone fiddle, viola and accordion player Mats Eden, the group has been at the forefront of the Swedish folk revival for more than two decades. While Rock'N'Reel magazine claims that Groupa "will challenge people's preconceptions of Swedish music", Roots World suggest that the band "achieves near perfection as they go further afield without leaving the ancient muse behind". In an early 1990s interview, Eden explained Groupa's objective when he said, "each of us has in his own way been searching for new means of expression within the range of traditional music." Having deep knowledge of...

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Lena Willemark

Lena Willemark was born in 1960 in the village of Evertsberg, Sweden, which is situated in the province of Dalecarlia. The heritage of folk music lies deeply enrooted in Lena's music. She plays the violin and has become the best-known interpreter of traditional folk music in Sweden. In the early Eighties while at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm she became involved with jazz singing and the combination of the two music styles has made her one of this country's most unique artists. She has worked with such groups as Frifot, Entell, Elise Einarsdotter Ensemble and the award-winning group Nordan together with Ale Möller. She has also collaborated with the composer Karin Rehnqvist. In 1998 when Stockholm was the Cultural Capital of Eu...

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