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Initially some traditionalists in the Swedish folk music community showed some resistance to Väsen. While nyckelharpist Olov Johannson and violist Mikael Marin were playing fairly straightforward folk duets, Roger's Tallroth's 12-string 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. They’ve appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion," won the Swedish equivalent of a Grammy, worked with Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, as well as with the Kronos Quartet, and recorded 15 albums. And you might want to come just for the unique experience of hearing the nyckelharpa, a unique Swedish fusion of fiddle and hurdy-gurdy. Väsen is a Swedish word with many meanings: spirit, noise, a living being, essence are 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.
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  • General Admission: $20, Reserved: $27

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Off Campus Location - The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

September 2013


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