- Ellis & Andrés bröllopssvit
- Mellow D
- Framtidens Marsch
- Jungfrun av Norge
- Stråkmakarns polska
- Sonias promenad
Recorded live in Sweden on 24 July, 2014, this 2-disc set (video DVD and audio CD) captures the trio during their 25th Anniversary tour. The concert includes material from their "Mindset" collection plus some old favorites.
Both discs contain the full, two-set performance. The DVD also features interview footage. (DVD is Swedish with English subtitles optional, format is NTSC playable worldwide, 16:9 aspect ratio, running time is just over 90 minutes).
Väsen has been many times to Gamla Bion in Örsundsbro (the old cinema) during the 25 years we have played together. It's the amazing acoustics, nice audience and the warm atmosphere that always brings us back. We have also felt very welcomed by the enthusiastic association running the cinema. The idea for this recording came a few years ago, during Väsen's bicycle tour, when we were resting our legs outside the cinema, chatting with Eva Eldh, one of the organizers.
- You should make a live recording here at the cinema, Eva said.
- Yes, and you should make a film documentary about the place, Väsen said.
The ideas were planted and after some intense calling and organizing at the beginning of the summer, a film team and a sound engineer stood ready for Väsen's concert at the cinema 14th of July 2014. Thanks to many supportive and generous people we could make this happen! The audience showed up and we captured a concert we'd like to share with people who couldn't come. Hope you like it!
“I'm not speaking in superlatives when I say that Väsen is one of the best bands in the world, and once again, they've delivered.” about.com
”Väsen has never been better”
”Gustavsson sees the sea in the drop of water when he listen to the Uppland trio Väsen’s new album Mindset.” UNT (translated from Swedish)
Sweden's leading acoustic trio mark their 20th year together with a studio recording of new tunes. The band and its mostly original repertoire are already legendary among string players all over the world, and Väsen Street will only further their status with its brilliant ensemble interplay and brain-sticking melodies.
Two architects of new acoustic music in America, Darol Anger and Mike Marshall, join forces with Sweden's most influential instrumental ensemble, Väsen. Together, these five musicians create a new landscape of traditional sounds that forges the gap between the fiddle and dance tunes of Appalachia and the nickelharpa and polskas of Sweden. You will discover just how small our Atlantic Ocean really is when you hear The Duo and Väsen weave together centuries old traditional forms from separate continents into such a natural fabric.
Väsen and the Duo have actually been fans of each other for many years before meeting at the Lotus World Music Festival in Bloomington, Indiana in September, 2004 (thank you, Lee Williams). Mike and Darol had already learned a few Väsen tunes from their earlier cds and were just dreaming of one day playing with these guys. So when they were thrown together on stage (at their own request of course) it was obvious to all from the first few notes that something very special was being born here; a connection based on their love for traditional music and this quest for the answer to where it might be heading.
This collaboration reinforces the idea that many musicians are beginning to feel throughout the world today; that there is a global movement towards a new kind of "folk" music potential. This, of course, has been a desire and a dream of all musicians throughout history. In fact, most of the "traditional/folk" forms that we think of today, and love, were in fact a blending of separate musical tradtions. However you define bluegrass or jazz or Cuban or Brazilian music, you are speaking of a moment in time when two or three (or more) musical forms were thrown together and ended up creating something "greater than the sum of" for all to dig: something new that we now reflect on as iconic - "traditional."
With the Duo and Väsen, you have a similar mind set about the potential for creative musicians from separate worlds to work together with joy, understanding and open hearts. The creative and respectful birth of something with roots that reach way back in time to the fathers of their music, while at the same time, pushing ahead towards something new. Something honest and true for musicians of today that reflects what folks "right here, right now" are up to, inspired by, listening to and creating together.
May, 2007 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Swede Carl Linnaeus (also known after his enoblement as Carl von Linné). Known as the "father of modern taxonomy," this botanist, physician and zoologist laid the foundations for the modern scheme of plant and animal nomenclature. He is also considered one of the fathers of modern ecology.
Väsen was commissioned to arrange music to mark this occassion, so the core trio asked their longtime collaborator and percussionist André Ferrari to help them once again. Virtually all of the source material they used is traditional music from the period and region of Linnaeus's life, including pieces writted by his brother-in-law and by a cousin, and pieces newly rediscovererd on Linneaus's own restored "barrel organ." But the music is arranged and performed in the uniquely Väsen way, maintaining true roots to the tradition, while at the same time being emphatically modern.
The result is the Väsen quartet's first new studio album since 1999's "Gront." "Linnaeus Väsen" is a tribute to one of Sweden's most beloved historical figures by its most prominent folk music ensembles.
In January, 2005 the Väsen trio returned to Japan for their second tour, and their 3-night stand in Tokyo was recorded for posterity by their Japanese record company. Those performances, it turns out, were among the strongest in the band's history, which says quite a bit for a 16-year old ensemble known for its great live show.
Väsen compiled and helped mix this selection of 17 tracks which draw heavily from their recent two recordings "Trio" and "Keyed Up."
A bonus "home movie" DVD is included, which contains interviews covering the history of the band, band-shot video clips from over the years, and exclusive live performance clips.
This set of all-original, new Väsen trio tunes further elevates the band's status as one of the world's most exciting acoustic ensembles. The band has recently been working more in the original three member format, without percussionist, which resulted in 2003's Trio CD release.
Keyed Up just takes things a bit further, both with energy and musical complexity. Their recording style maintains a loose and fresh approach, capturing the band's unique balance of structure and improvisation by keeping things "live" in the studio. These guys have been playing together now for 15 years, which is how their essentially "on the fly" arrangements can sound so well prepared and rehearsed.
For the fans and serious listeners, the result is nothing short of exhilarating. For everyone else, there's the simple, irresistible power of the tunes and their playing.
Contains the original "Flippen," made famous by a cover version by Punch Brothers.
In the fall of 2002, Väsen made a brief tour of the U.S. without percussionist André Ferrari, just as the original trio that they were from when the band was started in 1989 up until 1996 when André joined. Initially the idea of the tour was to play some older, pre-quartet material that they had not played for some time.
But as they got together to rehearse, they realized that they all had new material which lent itself quite well to trio arrangements. The result was an entire set of new material, and the audiences loved it. The tour was such a success that the band decided to do more regular trio tours in the future, as well as continuing with their quartet work.
Regular trio performances called for a new trio CD which represented what the band was currently playing. And that's how this new Trio CD was born. The music reveals the same uncanny ensemble playing that the band is famous for, inventive arrangements, and the kind of tunes that claim squatters' rights in your brain.
Väsen were regular favorites of the Nordic Roots Festival, which ran in Minneapolis at the Cedar Cultural Center for 10 years, from 1999 through 2008. This set is from the 2001 festival, and features the quartet playing selections from both their "Whirled" and "Gront" studio recordings. Guest artists Harv and Annbjørg Lien join on a couple of tracks as well. The sound is great and the audience is with them at every step!