Episode #2465

New from the North

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

This New Sounds program explores new works coming out of Scandinavia, with some music based in folk traditions, and played by bands who share several different members. We’ll hear from the Swedish supergroup Väsen, four musicians who have done projects ranging from nyckelharpa orchestras and Swedish traditional bands to collaborating with the Kronos Quartet. Plus, there’s music by Garmarna, who formed in 1990, inspired by Väsen’s nyckelharpist Olav Johansson’s musical score for a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Not to be outdone, there’s also music by the group Hurdy Gurdy, featuring the combined forces of Hedningarna’s Hållbus Totte Mattson (Hedningarna) and Garmarna’s Stefan Brisland-Ferner (Garmarna), put the Swedish Hurdy Gurdy through its paces. Listen also for music from Frigg, the Finnish/Forwegian string band with family ties to the great Finnish fiddle ensemble JPP, and perhaps some music from the quartet Swåp, who fuse Celtic traditions with those of Swedish folk. And a whole lot more…

PROGRAM # 2465 New Music From Scandinavia (First aired on Thurs. 10/20/05)







Seelinnikoi [3:30]

Green Linnet #4006***

Various artists:Sanna Kurki-Suonio

Northern Nights

Minne (Where) [5:00]

Six Degrees #3002 ***


In The Moonlight

The Bells of St. Michaels [5:30]

NorthSide #6027 ***


Karelia Visa

Heila / True Love [5:00]

NorthSide #6025*



Vengeance [5:00]

NorthSide #6028 ***

Hurdy Gurdy


Galgen [4:00]

NorthSide #6084***

Johan Hedin

Angel Archipelago

Kusten [4:00]

Atrium 3984-22107**
May be out of print, but try


Live In Japan

Pedalpolska [3:30]

NorthSide #6087 ***



Hasse [4:00]

NorthSide #6086 ***



Adventpsalm [3:30]

NorthSide #6061***

Various Artists: Ulla Pirttijarvi

Northern Nights

Hildda Luohti, excerpt [1:00]

See above.

*, ** - Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page

Comments [4]

John Schaefer from NY NY

Thanks Anna and Mel. Not sure what happened there - I've seen both instruments played live in our studio and should've known better. Sometimes at the end of a long day (I also host "Soundcheck" here at 2pm each day) Mister Brain goes to sleep while Mister Mouth continues working...


Oct. 03 2007 01:20 PM
Anna Karlsson from London

oh oh oh oh!!!!
Please go and research the nyckelharpa properly before saying that it involves turning a wheel! They might be contemporaneous and have the same method of stopping the strings, but the nyckelharpa is bowed and they really they do sound very very different! (I know I'm repeating Mel here, but I couldn't not say something!!!!)

Great show though! Thanks for making it available online so I could hear it.

Oct. 03 2007 10:28 AM
Mel from Bayside, NY

John should be informed that the nyckelharpa is played with a bow--NOT a wheel like the hurdy-gurdy. See a nice picture at The two instruments have little in common when it comes to playing and application. The nyckelharpa is much more like a violin.

Oct. 02 2007 10:59 PM
Ingemar Johansson from Honor, MI

Very good show. Thanks for broadcasting. Good music indeed. There is so much good music coming out of Scandinavia in recent years.

Oct. 02 2007 10:26 PM

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