Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
As a soloist, Olov Johansson has been making a name for himself as one of Sweden's great musicians. As a member of Vásen, he has also become one of the vanguard of the new folk movement. He plays the nyckelharpa, a uniquel... more »
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As a soloist, Olov Johansson has been making a name for himself as one of Sweden's great musicians. As a member of Vásen, he has also become one of the vanguard of the new folk movement. He plays the nyckelharpa, a uniquely Swedish keyed fiddle that utilizes mid- to high-toned strings for melody and a steady drone of high, crystalline sympathetic strings for richness. On this "solo" recording he has gathered a diverse group of accompanists and chosen a varied set of material, from medieval ballads to some unusual original tunes. The set is pretty evenly split between solos and duets, with one quartet. Johansson works with some of his fellow Vásen members--Michael Marin and Roger Tallroth on a few tracks, and pipe organist Anders Bomander on one ecclesiastical piece. The closing quartet feature recorder, cello, and viola in a baroque original that is both regal and darkly menacing. Johansson is one of Sweden's most interesting composers and musicians, in or out of the tradition. --Louis Gibson
If John Coltrane played nickelharpa...
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many probably already know Olov Johansson from his work with the well-known Swedish group Vasen. The primary difference here is that the majority of the cd is solo nyckelharpa and the majority of the tunes are traditional. This cd is among my favorite Swedish folk cds (right up there with Frifot's "Summersong" and Anders Norrude's "Himself"). Though most of the cd is solo nyckelharpa, some of the songs are duets featuring guitar, bouzouki, viola, or organ. Fans of the early Vasen recording "Essence" should really love this album as it lacks the precussion of the later Vasen albums and does feature fellow Vasen members Roger Tallroth (12-string guitar and bouzouki) and Mikael Marin (viola) on a few tracks. Organist/Pianist Anders Bromander also accompanies Olov on 2 tracks. In my humble and honest opinion, this cd is a quintessential recording of contemporary Swedish folk music and well worth the money. Fans of celtic and eastern european music may also really like it (if you like celtic/eastern european or even medieval music and haven't yet immersed yourself in Scandanavian folk music, well you're in for a real treat!!!) What are you waiting for?? BUY THIS!!!"