This February and March, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. presents Nordic Cool 2013, a month-long international festival that asks “What is ‘Nordic’?” and celebrates the diversity of the Nordic region.
Thanks to this festival, Scandinavia House is afforded the exciting opportunity to present some of these thrilling musical acts in New York Ci
Skaran charms audiences around the world with their fascinating instruments, contagious groove, and energetic presence. The explosive trio – including Emilia Amper, nyckelharpa; Jonas Bleckman, cello; and Anna Roussel, wooden flute – plays traditional Swedish tunes along with its own compositions bursting with attitude and joy.
Emilia Amper is one of the leading players of traditional Swedish instrument the nyckelharpa, or “keyed fiddle.” In 2010 she won the Nyckelharpa World Championship and in 2011 Spellemannsprisen (the Norwegian Grammy).
Amper was also nominated in 2010 for two (American) Grammy Awards together with The Trondheim Soloists, Gjermund Larsen and 2L. Cellist Jonas Bleckman has rapidly established himself on the Scandinavian folk scene as well as in other genres like pop/rock, jazz, and world music. Originally from Brittany, France, Anna Roussel is also a composer of Breton, Irish, and Swedish folk music.