KFAI is pleased to welcome Nordic folk trio Väsen back to the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday, September 20, at 7:00 pm.
Väsen is made up of Olov Johansson (nyckelharpa), Mikael Marin (viola), and Roger Tallroth (12-string guitar). In January this year, Väsen released their latest masterwork, Mindset. Mindset very much reflects where the trio is musically at the moment – more tuned in to each other, more inventive, and more skilled than ever before.
Initially, some traditionalists in the Swedish folk music community showed some resistance to Väsen. While Olov and Mikael were playing fairly straightforward folk music 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.
"Väsen is one of the best bands in the world, and once again, they've delivered." Megan Romer, about.com (Väsen - 2013 World Music Torchbearer Award Winner)
More information is available at The Cedar Cultural Center.