Some of the most exciting and talented folk music performers from around the world descend upon New York this January for the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference.

Scandinavia House will host some of the best artists from the Northern regions in Victor Borge Hall as an APAP highlight, featuring performers from Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland and Quebec.


Niklas Sivelöv
2:00-2:20 pm & 7:00-7:20 pm
Niklas SivelövLeading Scandinavian pianist. An improviser and composer, he has been called the Renoir of the piano. Multiple award winner: Le Diapason D’or, the Independent Music Award, Vox populi. Exclusive Hamburg Steinway Artist and recently selected as the first Swedish pianist ever in their Hall of Fame.

the peärls before swïne experience
2:30-2:50 pm & 7:30-7:50 pm
Truly a remarkable and unforgettable Contemporary Classical ensemble. They perform pithy, 5-minute works written directly for them by some of the most important living composers from Sweden and abroad. Their relaxed and direct performances transform new music concerts into eminently enjoyable and accessible events.

Le Vent du Nord
3:00-3:20 pm & 8:00-8:20 pm
Le Vent du NordOne of Québec’s finest traditional ensembles combining bouncing, rhythmic fiddle styles, unique tunes, spirited step dancing and ancient songs of Québec’s rich musical heritage. First recording received a JUNO (Canadian Grammy) and second awarded a FELIX Award for Traditional Album. Multiple instruments including hurdy-gurdy.

Nuala Kennedy
4:00-4:20 pm & 9:00-9:20 pm
Copenhagen Chamber EnsembleA mix of traditional Scottish and Irish songs sung with clarity and passion and a highly interactive live performance. This singer-flautist performs with esteemed musical collaborators, in a naturally expressive, spontaneous and engaging way. Nuala just released her second solo album, ‘Tune In’, on Compass Records.

Mats Öberg & Jonas Knutsson
4:30-4:50 pm & 9:30-9:50 pm
Traditional Swedish music combined with Contemporary Jazz and World. Öberg is an acclaimed, exceptionally versatile, keyboard genius possessing knock-out powers of expression. Knutsson is a bright saxophone star, equally at home in Jazz, folk and improvisation. Friends since childhood, their musical connections run deep.

The Nordic Fiddler’s Bloc
5:00-5:20 pm & 10:00-10:20 pm
Three of the top young fiddlers to emerge on the respective folk music scenes of Sweden, Norway and Shetland Islands. First meeting through informal “sessions”, they developed a deep admiration for each other’s playing and traditions and were inspired to collaborate. The result surpassed expectations…



Photo Courtesy of ensemble mise-en

MON – 1-11-2010
First set – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Second set – 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM