Ogden Music Festival 2020 Goes Virtual

Live Streaming! Ogden Music Festival 2020

Go Live Here ►►http://jebegmc.ml/live.php?artist=Ogden+Music+Festival+2020&venue=Ogden,+UT,+US

Event: Ogden Music Festival 2020
Date : Friday 29 May 2020 – Sunday 31 May 2020
Loc. : Ogden, UT, US

ATTENTION : for easy registration, please register now to keep from network busy or access full, before the performance begins…

DONT FORGET TO FOLLOW FOR MORE INFO AND UPDATE.
See Less

Nectar Virtual Concert Series – RGP’s Deadgrass

As part of the Nectar Lounge Virtual Concert Series Ricky Gene Powell’s Deadgrass performs on Thursday May 28th.

Join us for live stream #18 of Nectar Virtual Concert Series feat RGP’s DeadGrass! Please “Pay What You Will” and thanks for your support!
Ricky Gene Powell & Return of DeadGrass celebrates all eras of the Grateful Dead performed with a Bluegrass twist.

27459598_146118832740988_6707129487386190010_n

Join us for NVCS livestream #18 feat RGP’s DeadGrass. Please click the “tickets” button and “Pay What You Will”. Thanks for your support!
About this Event
PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO NECTAR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
https://www.youtube.com/nectarlounge
and tune in for the live stream THU 5/28 @ 8pm PT

5.28 Thursday (Bluegrass Dead Tribute)
Nectar & The PBJ Present:
NECTAR VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES #18
featuring the return of
RICKY GENE POWELL’S DEADGRASS
8:00pm PT

“Pay What You Will” ($10 & up suggested)
1. Click “tickets” button and contribute any amount you’d like!
2. or contribute via https://www.paypal.me/nectarlounge
3. or send via Venmo: @nectar-lounge
NVCS supports the musicians, Nectar staff & venue operations during COVID-19 lockdown. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

***Keeping performers and limited crew safe is the #1 priority and we have a series of ground rules that require strict adherence as prerequisite to proceeding with each of these performances. We limit the people in the building to the absolute minimum of essential workforce only and have measures in place to promote social distancing before, during, and after performances. Self-reporting and temperature taking is a mandatory request to ensure nobody is symptomatic. Musicians are encouraged to wear masks while not performing. We do sanitize equipment after each performance, and do not allow sharing of microphones. Hand sanitizer is available throughout and of course we encourage hand hygiene, while discouraging any/all contact between individuals, face touching, etc and prohibiting close contact between crew and performers.***
————
It was with a heavy heart that we all had to cancel our shows, and while we’ll be missing live concerts for awhile, we of course agree that it’s most important to prioritize the health and safety of our community first and foremost.
We hope that NVCS brings fans some much needed entertainment and a welcome distraction during these otherwise challenging times!
Thanks for your continued support, stay safe and healthy out there, and we look forward to seeing you at this or another stream in the Nectar Virtual Concert Series, and of course at the next live concert when we reopen!

With Love,
Team Nectar & The PBJ Present

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nectar-virtual-concert-series-presents-rgps-deadgrass-tickets-105748103424?aff=efbevent&fbclid=IwAR1o373jLgkfScbWDr7cA9OdjGzXF9otc-UjFzShgCtHBhFm9HjyM0ltMKA

2020 Northwest Folklife “From Home to Home”

2020-festival-logo

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Northwest Folklife believes that promoting our arts, culture, and heritage is paramount in nourishing our lives. Amidst these times of uncertainty, we have heard the need for a space to connect during these digitally-driven circumstances. As such, in line with our mission to continue to serve our community, we have created a virtual platform where we can collectively showcase our folklife, right from our homes. From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival, taking place online on Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25, 2020), features multiple program channels and a virtual marketplace that will bring together local culture bearers, artists, creatives, sponsors, and merchants all on one platform.
Launching with From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival, this new larger platform will host all of Northwest Folklife’s virtual programs and will continue to provide a space for our collective voice, arts, and traditions to be shared and celebrated.
This year’s poster features artwork by renowned artist Preston Singletary and was designed by Mike Strassburger.

Here is the link to the schedule https://www.nwfolklifestreaming.org/schedule/
The program channels include:

Folklife Premieres
Sponsored by Bike Works, NASH, KEXP, KNKX, and KBCS
A livestream of premiered music and dance performances from Pacific Northwest artists

The Roadhouse: Participatory Workshops & Dances
A livestream featuring interactive dances such as contra, salsa, and more

On-Demand: Music & Dance
A hub of artist-submitted videos spanning music, dance, storytelling, and more

Family Fun: Dance and Sing
Sponsored by BECU, ParentMap, and Seattle’s Child
Prerecorded music and dance performances to get your kids moving and learning

Family Fun: Create and Explore
Sponsored by BECU, ParentMap, and Seattle’s Child
Additional videos, photos, and downloadable content to promote interactive learning for the whole family

Living Legacies
Honoring our Cultural Focus through a collection of video interviews with Culture Bearers, teaching artists, and leaders and an array of community-submitted testimonies

Festival Artist Directory
Highlighting the 600+ artists initially slated to perform at the Northwest Folklife Festival

Virtual Marketplace
Featuring over 30 local jewelry, decor, apparel, food, and craft merchants with direct links to their online shops

From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival!
May 23-25, 2020 online here at nwfolklifestreaming.org
Suggested Daily Donation: $20 per person | $30 per family
Committed to Access for All | Powered by Your Donations

 

Wintergrass 2020 Peformers-The Special Consensus

The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations.

Band+wall+HR

Special Consensus’ sound is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music; the infectious band sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today.  With the foundation of Greg’s unique banjo playing style, Rick Faris (guitar), Nate Burie (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) effortlessly support each other and consistently maintain their bluegrass center whether they’re playing a jazz-tinged instrumental or a song from their award-winning John Denver tribute album. These four talented vocalists and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 IBMA nominations and was awarded Album of the Year. The tune “Squirrel Hunters” from that recording received the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award.

Rivers and Roads captures the energy of a live Special C show. Just listen to Rick’s high, emotional singing, Nate’s fluid mandolin providing the formidable counter to Greg’s driving banjo and Dan holding everything together on the bass with his bluegrass, country, and jazz experience. Their voices blend seamlessly. International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The band has also appeared on National Public Radio, The Nashville Network, the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, and in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide.

Dedicated to preserving their craft as well as keeping it fresh, in 1984 Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce bluegrass music to students in schools across the country and in several foreign lands.

Special C’s continued success is a testament to their adaptability and contemporary appeal. The band records for Compass Records and proudly celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2020.

Chicago born and bred, Greg has been playing bluegrass banjo since the early 1970s. He co-founded The Special Consensus in Chicago in 1975 and has continued to tour nationally and internationally with the band ever since. In 1984, he created the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce students of all ages to bluegrass music. He has appeared on all 19 of The Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio commercial jingles. Greg has also released three recordings: “Lone Star” (1980, with guests Jethro Burns and Byron Berline); “Blue Skies” (1992, with Chicago mandolinist Don Stiernberg); and “Night Skies” (1998, with Don Stiernberg and guests Sam Bush, Glen Duncan and Tom Boyd). He has also recorded and toured European countries with the ChowDogs (Greg and Slavek Hanzlik, Dallas Wayne and Ollie O’Shea). Greg has released four banjo instructional DVDs and three banjo tablature books and he teaches banjo at festival workshops and music camps nationally and internationally. He is a banjo instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and has been an adjunct faculty member of the music department (teaching banjo) at Columbia College in Chicago. He served on the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Board of Directors from 1998-2010 (Board Chair/President 2006-2010), became a Kentucky Colonel in 2010 and was awarded the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011. Greg was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music in 2007, elected President of the organization in 2011 and rotated off that board in 2012. The 2012 Compass Records band recording “Scratch Gravel Road” was GRAMMY-nominated for Best Bluegrass Album; the 2014 Compass Records band recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards; the 2016 Compass Records band recording “Long I Ride” received an IBMA award and the 2018 Compass Records recording “Rivers And Roads” received two IBMA awards (one for Album of the Year) and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Greg was elected to the Recording Academy Chicago Chapter Board of Directors as a Governor in 2018 and he will be inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Hall of Greats in Nashville, TN in February 2020

Rick is known in the world of bluegrass music as an award-winning guitar player. Born in Illinois, raised in Arkansas and Missouri, Rick and his family moved to Kansas in 1991, and he started playing with the Faris Family Bluegrass Band in 1998. Although guitar was his first instrument (he began playing when he was 7 years old), Rick also plays dobro, banjo and mandolin. The Faris Family band toured extensively throughout the USA and Canada and was awarded Traditional Bluegrass Group of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Entertaining Group of the Year several times by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). Rick was awarded the SPBGMA Midwest Guitar Performer of the Year in 2005 and 2008. He was one of the first teachers at the Americana Music Academy in Lawrence, Kansas (where he remained a teacher of guitar and dobro for five years). When not on the road, Rick spends his “spare time” as an excellent luthier, building guitars (there is a two-year waiting list). Rick became the Special Consensus mandolin player in 2009 and appeared on the 2010 band recording “35,” on the 2012 Grammy-nominated band recording “Scratch Gravel Road” and on the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award-winning band recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” (all released by Compass Records). In 2015, Rick moved to the guitar player position (playing the guitar he built for himself) and he made his recording debut as the Special C guitar player on the 2016 Compass Records band recording “Long I Ride,” which also received an IBMA award. The 2018 Compass Records band recording “Rivers And Roads” received two IBMA awards (one for Album of the Year) and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Rick’s first solo recording “Breaking In Lonesome” was released on the Dark Shadow Recording label in mid-2019 and continues to receive rave reviews

Dan grew up in Crystal City and St. Louis, Missouri, and his grandparents began taking him to bluegrass festivals at a very young age in the 1970s. He began playing music on drums, then banjo and guitar, and eventually electric bass at age 12. Dan played in country and rock bands throughout high school and attended college on a music scholarship. His study of jazz bass playing eventually led him to the upright bass and a very diverse musical education that included study of nearly all styles of American music and procurement of a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Webster University in St. Louis. In 2003, after many years of teaching at several St. Louis-area colleges and universities as an adjunct professor, Dan’s desire to get back to his bluegrass and country roots prompted his move to Nashville. He has been teaching, performing with various bands and working as a studio session musician since his relocation, and he has appeared on the television show “Nashville” several times as a side musician in bands that support main characters. Dan joined Special Consensus in 2013 and made his first band recording appearance on the 2014 Compass Records band recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” that received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. He also appeared on the 2016 Compass Records band recording “Long I Ride,” which also received an IBMA award, and on the 2018 Compass Records band recording “Rivers And Roads” that received two IBMA awards (one for Album of the Year) and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Dan released a solo recording titled “Look What The City’s Done” in March 2019.

Nate Burie hails from the state of Wisconsin. The
product of a multi-generational musical family, he started playing bluegrass
and gospel with his three siblings at age 9, when their band The Burie Family
began performing locally in the Milwaukee, WI area. The family garnered local
and regional awards in music, as well as national attention and nominations
with the release of their fifth and final project, “Here Today Gone Tomorrow.”
While he remained in Wisconsin, Nate was given a platform to mature his
mandolin, guitar and vocal styles by playing and recording with Illinois
traditional bluegrass band Bluegrass Express and a duet of his own organization
and producing, Anderson Burie. In the spring of 2018, Nate joined Summer Brooke
& Mountain Faith, America’s Got Talent contestant and 2016 IBMA
Emerging Artist of the Year band from North Carolina. He held multiple roles
with that band as the mandolinist, rhythm and lead guitarist and baritone and
tenor vocalist. Nate toured with Mountain Faith for a year before relocating to
Nashville, Tennessee, where he currently resides. He joined Special Consensus
in 2019, playing his custom Sorensen Pacifica mandolin and singing lead and
baritone vocals.

Friends of Wintergrass Concert 2-15-2020 -Beyond The Pale

A great concert to start off Wintergrass 2020 week is being presented on Mercer Island, WA   with Toronto’s Beyond the Pale

Happy hour begins at 7 pm with show beginning at 7:30 pm at the Stroum Jewish Community Center: 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island  on Saturday 2-15-2020

They are offering a $5.00 a ticket discount to Wintergrass fans with discount code: YIDFEST2020

Tickets: Adults: $28 Students: $23 Seniors (65+): $23 J Members: $23
Children (Under 13): $23   BUY TICKETS HERE

Beyond the Pale plays boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion inspired by klezmer and Balkan styles, jazz, classical, bluegrass, newgrass, and reggae. The acoustic ensemble celebrates 20 years of adventurous compositions that traverse vast and exotic musical landscapes. Beyond the Pale’s music traverses a vast and exotic musical landscape, bound by no particular idiom and shaped by many. Their stellar musicianship, meticulous dynamics, adventurous compositions, and inventive arrangements of traditional material make them one of Canada’s most innovative acoustic ensembles. Though individual virtuosity abounds within the group, the collective sound always takes precedence, conveying the deep and generous bonds of creativity that unite these longtime collaborators.

Here is a link to some of their performance videos Beyond the Pale’s videos

beyondthepale-livewinnipeg-edited-daguerro-noborder

Beyond the Pale features Aleksandar Gajic (violin), Bret Higgins (bass), Milos Popovic (accordion), Eric Stein (mandolin, mandocello), and Martin van de Ven (clarinets).

Wintergrass 2020 Performers- Joe Craven & The Sometimers

There is no label to accurately describe the music of Joe Craven and the Sometimers. Acid-Rockgrass? Amerijazzyicana with a Copacabana Infusion? To try to box it in would be to crush the exuberant creative spirit that happens when Craven, Jonathan Stoyanoff, Bruce MacMillan, Barry Eldridge and Hattie Craven play together. “No genre left behind” is their musical motto, and they accomplish the task with joyful abandon, playing paradigm-shattering free range music that entices and excites. Joe Craven is a creativity educator and prankster savant and, while a multi-instrumentalist proficient with strings and percussion from mando to canjoe to bongo, he is also a eulogist, wordsmith and fashion insultant.
“Everything Joe touches turns into music” says mandolinist David Grisman, with whom Craven played for almost 17 years. Craven has rubbed creative elbows with Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, Alison Brown, Jason Marsalis, Inga Swearengen, Roy Rogers, Howard Levy and many others. Joe also sings the praises of incredible, inspiring souls he has collaborated with that many folks may never know of. His creative genius sparks and ignites his fellow musicians, who travel to other worldly musical destinations not explored by many others.
Fittingly, Joe & The Sometimers’ latest album Garcia Songbook pays homage to, while re-imagining, the music of one of the better known pioneers of Experiential Jam Music. Joe recorded and performed with Jerry in the acoustic quartet Garcia Grisman.

Sometimers-banner-promo-photo-1024x360

The Members…
Joe Craven wears a lot of hats. He is an award-winning instrumentalist, vocalist, music producer, creativity educator, actor, storyteller, visual artist, carnival barker, noisemaker, fashion “insultant” and former museologist. For over 35 years, Joe has made a living playing forward folk tradition and process by mashing up ideas and sound tools from a variety of unexpected places, creating new music altogether. Joe has made music with Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, David Grisman, Alison Brown, Howard Levy, Vassar Clements, Rob Ickes and many other innovative artists. He is a featured artist/educator in the PBS television series, Music Gone Public, and Joe has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks, computer games and contributions to several Grammy-nominated projects. From Carnegie Hall to street-corner busking, around the world and back – Joe’s at home and loving every minute. As an award-winning educator, Joe has taught with jazz vocalist Inga Swearengen, bassist Victor Wooten, children’s music innovator Paul Reisler and jazz percussionist Jason Marsalis. He’s the Executive Director of Vocáli Voice Camp and RiverTunes Roots Music Camp in California, the recipient of a Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year Award and the Swannanoa Gathering’s Master Music Maker Award in North Carolina where Joe has taught for over a decade during Fiddle Week and, more recently, Contemporary Folk Week.
“Joe Craven is magical” – San Francisco Chronicle

Jonathan Stoyanoff is a first call bassist who is a fan of, trained in, and very proficient at, a wide variety of vernacular music. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on a performance scholarship and, since then, Jonathan has been involved in a variety of musical projects. He has kept musical company with Larry Coryell, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Huey Lewis, Dave Mason, Jackie Greene, Ozomatli, Spearhead, Maceo Parker and many more. Jonathan has also played at some of the nation’s most prestigious festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, High Sierra Music Festival and Delfest.

Bruce MacMillan is a wonderfully intuitive musician dedicated to the holy temple of American Roots Music. His passion for the history and variety of America’s musical heritage has resulted in a versatility across many musical genres. From Blues to Bluegrass, Country to Jazz and Rock & Roll, Bruce plays with wonderful energy and artistry. He has performed upon many stages and at many music festivals, including the Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra, and California Worldfest. With his wife Sally, they have two fine music stores in Chico and Redding, CA, known as The Music Connection where Bruce displays his chops as an educator, repairman and salesman. Bruce’s impressive skills on vocals plus all manner of guitars, Dobro and lap steel, bring a broad palette of sound to Joe Craven & The Sometimers.

Barry Eldridge The deep pocket grooves of drummer Barry Eldridge can be heard across an array of musical styles. Based in Northern California, the freelance musician’s diverse skills cover wide territory: from high-intensity jazz-rock fusion to folk, bluegrass and indie rock; from one-drop reggae to New Orleans second line, from hip hop to world beat, and to backing some of the region’s top singer-songwriters, Barry’s ability to support the music and bring inspired playing to the stage has earned him a reputation as one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers in Sacramento. Having performed at more than 100 venues with over 40 artists and bands the last several years, Barry’s passion for high-end performance and his relentless work ethic will continue to yield musical harvests in The Sometimers.

Hattie Craven has built a reputation as one of the finest young, if not youngest, performers on the stages of the Strawberry Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival, California World Fest, Hangtown Music Festival, The Redwood Ramble, Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Wintergrass, Live Oak Music Festival, Delfest, Millpond Music Festival and others – and all to standing ovations. She has two recordings to her credit, “Eleven” (recorded at age 11) and “Bright” (recorded at age 15) both produced by her father Joe Craven. Hattie brings the important presence of a woman to the Sometimers sound with her stunning vocal work and captivating stage presence.

Wintergrass 2020 Performers – Vasen

About Väsen
Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, now in its 27th year of touring together.Vasen-1487t-square
The parts: a five-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their own right, and together they form a unique supernatural being. To experience Väsen is to witness ensemble playing at its finest.
The band’s origins are deeply rooted in the forests and rich earth of the Swedish countryside, in the centuries-old tradition of the folk music of Uppland. It’s a tradition spiced with consummate playing skills. But this is more than just a traditional sound.
There’s a playfulness to their music, a joyousness, and a delight in making exciting new arrangements of centuries-old tunes, and new originals inspired by the tradition. Rock, jazz, traditional, and classical influences weave together, making a music that’s beautiful but never cloying. You always hear the inspiration and improvisation of the moment. And we can promise that you’ll never know what will happen next.
Their latest recording Brewed was released in April 2017.
History
Olov Johansson and Mikael Marin started playing together as teenagers around 1980. During the early 1980’s they would regularly visit Curt and Ivar Tallroth and Eric Sahlström, older musicians who lived nearby in the Uppland region, where they would play and learn traditional music from them. In this way they became a link in the living tradition that Swedish folk music has enjoyed through the centuries.
In 1989, at a music gathering in Røros, Norway, Olov met Roger Tallroth and asked if he would like to try to jam on nyckelharpa and guitar for a bit. Roger declined, intent at that moment on taking a shower. Fortunately, the shower was occupied, so Roger returned with his guitar, and they played for the rest of the day and far into the night. Among the witnesses to this fateful jam session was Olle Paulsson, who thought it was the best music he had ever heard, and made a promise to start a record label if they were willing to be recorded for a CD (and thus Drone Music was born).
The following summer Olov became World Champion of both the modern chromatic and older historical nyckelharpas at the first-ever Nyckelharpa World Championships at Österbybruk, Sweden. The added momentum for the first CD recording, which was entitled “Olov Johansson: Väsen.” Väsen is a Swedish word with many meanings: spirit, noise, a living being, essence among the most prominent. It was originally meant to just be an album title, but soon people were calling to book the band “Väsen” and the name stuck.
Initially some traditionalists (or something else, it wasn’t many at all) in the Swedish folkmusic community showed some resistance to Väsen. While Olov and Mikael were playing fairly straightforward folkmusic duets, Roger’s guitar definitely provided a different twist on Swedish traditional music. Yet it’s exactly the guitar chordings and rhythms that also attracted an entirely new audience, and the band’s popularity gradually grew, along with their international reputation.
In 1994, with two more studio albums under their belt (“Vilda Väsen” on Drone and “Essence” on the French Auvidis/Ethnic label), Väsen were asked to participate on a project of Swedish rock musician Mats Wester called “Nordman,” which featured rock music and lyrics but with arrangements and playing by Väsen. The first Nordman CD was a huge hit in Sweden, and the band embarked on two tours and recorded a second Nordman CD, playing in front of audiences of up to 25,000 people. On the first Nordman tour they met drummer André Ferrari and eventually experimented with a drums-and-bass version of Väsen. Ultimately, they settled on André playing hand percussion, and the band officially became a quartet in 1996.
In 1997 the quartet recorded “Varldens Väsen” (“Whirled” in North America). Tours of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, the United States and Canada followed, as did a Swedish Grammy and two appearances on the national radio program “A Prairie Home Companion” in the U.S. In 1999 the band released their sixth CD, “Gront.” 1999 was also the year of the first Nordic Roots Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., an annual event which lasted ten years, of which Väsen was the most frequent featured artist. Their 2000 performance was released on CD as “Live at the Nordic Roots Festival.”
Meanwhile the members of the band were getting older, having babies and facing the challenges of being a musician in the modern age. A widespread U.S. tour in September 2001 had to be scrapped after 9/11. Although the tour was rescheduled for 2002, André’s reluctance to tour and economics forced the band to decide to come over as the original trio. The success and pleasure of playing a new set of trio material culminated in two new recordings- “Trio” and “Keyed Up.” Ultimately, it also resulted in a sort of re-birth of the band, which to this day continues to be primarily a trio, although André joins for specific projects and gigs, especially in Sweden.
In 2004, Väsen were invited to Japan by Yoko Nozaki, their Japanese label (Music Plant) owner. This would be the first of many visits, one of which resulted in a live album (“Live in Japan”) in 2005. Japan is now a regular touring location for the band, along with the United States and much of northern Europe.
2006 brought an invitation to participate in the Carl Linnaeus tricentennial celebrations in Sweden, which became a project that included André and unearthed a surprising amount of music written specifically for the famed botanist. Väsen’s creative arrangements of these old tunes were performed at the celebrations in Uppsala, and recorded as “Linnaeus Väsen.”
Meanwhile, Väsen’s international fanbase continued to grow. The American “new acoustic musicians Mike Marshall and Darol Anger reached out for a collaboration, which resulted in a 2007 album and tour dates, and exposure to a new American audience. And a specific concentration of Väsen fans in Bloomington, Indiana, around the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, managed to get the city to rename a city street during the festival as “Väsen Street.” This inspired a tune by Olov, which became the title track of their 2009 recording.
Punch Brothers, and American acoustic and “neo-bluegrass” band, recorded a cover of Mikael Marin’s “Flippen” in 2012 for their album “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” and it has become a staple of Punch Brothers’ live set, spreading the word further, globally. As a result, in many parts of the world, “Flippen” is mistaken as a traditional American bluegrass tune!
2013 saw the creation of a new set of mostly original Väsen tunes with the “Mindset” CD. A live performance of much of these tunes, along with some old favorites, was captured on video during the band’s celebratory 25th Anniversary tour at an old movie house in Örsundsbro, Sweden on 24 July, 2014, and subsequently released as a DVD/CD set. Later that year (25 October) the band was honored with a big “25 Jubilee” event in their “home town” of Uppsala, featuring many guest musicians.
When Michael League formed the band Snarky Puppy back in 2004, one of the first tunes the band tried to play together was André Ferrari’s “Shapons Vindaloo.” League’s admiration for Väsen ultimately lead him to invite the band to participate in the second Snarky Puppy Family Dinner in Feburary 2015, along with a host of other musicians including Becca Stevens, David Crosby, and Susana Baca. The resulting performances were recorded and released on audio and video.
2016 became a year of collaborations, from a one-off with the Danish String Quartet at the Savannah Music Festival, to a short tour with the Norwegian classical ensemble Trondheimsolistene (Trondheim Solists), and a more extensive touring project with Lena Willemark and the Norrbotten Big Band in Sweden (and once again, André Ferrari). In between, the trio played gigs in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, the U.S. and Japan.