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Featured in prior years:
Brent Buswell - Accordionist
His "dancing fingers" are sure to impress and inspire listeners of all ages with music for all occasions.
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With us in "2014"
Daughters of Scandinavia
Annelie Fahlstedt of Upper Montclair, NJ and Susan Olsen Maren (photo) of Staten Island, NY, both play violin as well as Hardanger Fiddle. They are both classical violinists and play throughout the New York, New Jersey area. They have been performing together since 1991.
Upper Montclair NJ - USA
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MARCIA BOYESEN AND ROGER LATZGO
Marcia Boyesen and Roger Latzgo began collaborating on musical programs nearly two decades ago. Since that time, the duo has won national acclaim, including the prestigious International Angel Awards for Excellence in Media. Their numerous recordings are popular worldwide. Marcia's musical journey began with singing in church and progressed through study in master classes at Westminster Choir College. Roger learned music at his accordion-playing grandfather's knee and continued through academic work at Rutgers College and the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Together they have studied with art song masters Elly Ameling and Dalton Baldwin. Marcia's lyric soprano voice combines with Roger's classical experience in piano and guitar to weave a musical tapestry that brings their Story Songs to life. In their program for Scanfest 2012, Marcia and Roger present Hans Christian Andersen Songs and Stories. Songs include Roger's musical settings of The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Little Match Girl and others. Marcia and Roger are on a musical mission: to enhance understanding and deep appreciation of quality literature through the power of music. We know that Scanfest audiences will love joining them on this journey.
Kempton PA -
With us in "2014"
Marja Kaisla
Born in Helsinki, Finland, Marja Kaisla began piano studies at age three and made her public debut at five. As a chamber musician, recitalist, and concerto soloist, she has performed in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the United States. Miss Kaisla received her musical education in piano performance at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, in Switzerland with György Sebök, and Philadelphia with Susan Starr. Since moving to the United States in 1987 she has enjoyed an active concert career on stage, radio, television and major motion pictures while being an advocate for the importance of music education and general education reforms in the US school system. She was the owner and director of the Delaware Valley Conservatory of Music for over ten years, and she is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Foundation for World Music and Arts, a non-profit organization, which advocates education, culture, and tolerance between people through music and arts. For several years she was also the owner of Delaware Valley Music, a sheet music retail store with two locations in Philadelphia. She is currently the Development and Fundraising Director for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 as the pianist of Trio Excelsior, with whom she has toured extensively around the United States. She was also a member of a unique quartet of four pianos, Piano4, with whom she performed over a hundred concerts during two seasons. In 2013 Miss Kaisla spearheaded and implemented numerous cultural, educational and business events in the tri-state area for the celebration of the 375th Anniversary of the Finns' and Swedes' settlement of the Delaware Valley in 1638. She was recently awarded the Commemorative Medal of the Centennial of the Parliament of Finland for her work promoting Finnish and Nordic culture. She was awarded the Performer of the Year 2013 title by the Finlandia Foundation National, the largest advocacy organization in the US promoting Finnish culture and Finnish American artists' work. Due to high demand for her performances, her title was extended to 2014 as well. The Ambassador of Finland to the US recently appointed Marja Kaisla to a task force to work with her in mapping out sectors in the US, in which Finland can influence educational reforms and export Finnish educational know-how into the US. Miss Kaisla is a recording artist, and she appears as a pianist in the M. Night Shyamalan film, The Village.
232 Pelham Road
Philadelphia PA 19119 - USA
Phone: (215)859-9431
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Musical Rainbows
Roman Lankios is a Ukrainian-American virtuoso xylophonist who performs worldwide known classical, pop, country, and folk music on the unique four-row xylophone. Roman was born and raised in the Ukraine. At the age of 17 he attended and successfully completed a musical college. Then he studied at and graduated from the Kharkov Conservatory. Possessing remarkable technical virtuosity, he soon became one of the most popular xylophonists in the Ukraine. In 1994 he moved to the United States to share his passion for the xylophone with the whole world. Roman Lankios has since performed in many major venues in New York City and the Tri-State area. He has established himself as a credible musician whose up-beat tempo and charisma can liven up any event.
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Phone: (718)339-4424
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Pillerkaar
Pillerkaar, Estonian Folk Dancers of the Washington DC Metro Area, is a non-profit folk dancing group which performs original and choreographed Estonian folk dances at various events in colorful national dress. They are the sons and daughters of first generation Estonians, their wives, husbands, children, and friends who are proud to display Estonian culture and heritage through the art of folk dancing. Pillerkaar has been performing worldwide since 1971 under the instruction and leadership of Anu Oinas, a first generation Estonian. Depicting the lifestyles of ancient Estonian people, Pillerkaar performs traditional folk dances which are derived from early occupations like fishing and pipe making along with animal mimicry depicting bears, frogs, and reindeer, etc. The polkas are riveting, such as the Wedding Dance, Grandfather's Polka, and Grandmother's Brother's Polka! Choreographed newer folk dances often mimic courtships and wooing while others demonstrate complicated sets of contra-like dances.
With us in "2014"
Ruth Ann Cunningham, Soprano
Presenting songs by Grieg and also Sibelius. We will also present Irish songs and a delightful sampling of operetta and musical theater selections.
55 Payson Ave., Apt. 2D
New York NY 10034 - USA
Phone: [212-942-3674]
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Skansen Children's Club VOA
Folk Dance by VASA Children's Club
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With us in "2014"
Spirit of Scandinavia
The band, Spirit of Scandinavia includes Ed Hendela and Bill Nostrand, and has a repertoire that includes standards from the 1940's thru 1990's, plus ethnic favorites, including Scandinavian, German, and other European tunes. Internationally recognized accordionist Ed Hendela has entertained audiences throughout the New York Metropolitan area, along the Eastern Seaboard from Florida to New England, and in the Canadian cities of Edmonton and Toronto. His one-man orchestra, which includes an Iorio MIDI accordion to replicate many instruments including piano, guitar, and string bass, provides a surprisingly full sound. He often strolls acoustically, in restaurant and festival settings, as well. Ed has backed Finnish singing star, Berit, and has played several years with the Swedish Cult Band. Visit his website. Bill Nostrand's professional career has spanned many years, playing Scandinavian and American dances, mostly in New Jersey and New York. Bill and the late Art Nilsen also played many dances together in the 80's and the 90's and might be remembered as The Swede and The Norwegian. In addition to playing, Bill also composes Scandinavian dance music, and has produced a CD. He is a member of both Vasa (Vagen Lodge) and Sons of Norway (Nor-Bu Lodge), and lives in South Jersey.
With us in "2014"
Swedish Folk Dancers of New York
A Swedish group, performing traditional Swedish and Danish dances.
Budd Lake NJ -
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Swedish Jazz
The Swedish Jazz consists of saxophonist Anders Lundegård, native Swede and guitarist and singer Al Baumann, married to a Swede. Both reside in the Washington DC area and both have careers in the finance and banking sector. Together they form a unique blend of jazz standards, popular songs and folk music.
2653 Park tower Drive, unit #302
Vienna VA 22180 - usa
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With us in "2014"
Telge Glima
Swedish Wrestlers: About twenty years ago the group Telge Glima was founded in Södertälje, 30 min south of Stockholm, Sweden. The founders came together with a mutual interest in history and an interest to practice and show old sports and games. In the year 2010 they celebrated their 20th anniversary.
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With us in "2014"
The Swedish Meatballs
Toe-tapping, foot stomping, Scandinavian/American music, featuring the 2013 Sweden Day Woman of the Year!
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Phone: (917)968-2926
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Vasastjarnen
Junior Club dance group from Vasa Order of America.
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With us in "2014"
Vinland Longships
Vinland Longships is a Viking reenactment group that owns a 22 foot Viking Faering (four oared) boat. The Skogar Þrostur (SKO-gar THROW-stur) which means "Blackbird" in Old Norse, is based on the faering boat buried with the Gokstad ship in Norway in the 9th century. The reenactors who founded Vinland Longships have organized educational demonstrations on Viking ships and Viking life, crafts and culture for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Norwegian Embassy and the American Swedish Museum, among many others. They taught docents at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and have travelled to L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada, St. Petersberg, Russia and up and down the east coast educating people about Viking ship construction, navigation and history. The Adventures of the Skogar Þrostur are documented at http://vinlandlongship.livejournal.com/.
1166 Slater Rd
New Britian CT 06053 - USA
Phone: (860)223-6843
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With us in "2014"
Von Halstern Medieval Reenactors
Medieval combat - will have battle reenactments, encampment, and will be displaying Viking artifacts
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With us in "2014"
Abba Girlz
The ABBA Girlz tribute band, is one of the best ABBA Tributes since ABBA itself. This New York City based, ABBA Tribute Band features beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography guaranteed to captivate all audiences making every show a night to remember. Always very well organized from start to finish, they have been entertaining crowds all over North America since 2009.The ABBA Girlz tribute band, is one of the best ABBA Tributes since ABBA itself. This New York City based, ABBA Tribute Band features beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography guaranteed to captivate all audiences making every show a night to remember. Always very well organized from start to finish, they have been entertaining crowds all over North America since 2009.
With us in "2013"
Eric Olsen
Classical and Jazz Pianist:
Determined to blaze his own musical path, Eric Olsen has crafted a distinguished career in both classical and jazz music, as a performer, composer, and conductor. Visit his web page for much more...
With us in "2013"
Kardemimmit
Kardemimmit is a Finnish folk music group formed by four young women: Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius. They are singers and players of the kantele (the national instrument of Finland) in its 15 and 38 stringed forms. The group's repertory consists of modern folk music mostly composed by the members themselves. The music of Kardemimmit is fresh but it's strongly foundationed in Finnish tradition from both Eastern and Western regions featuring e.g. reki-style of singing, Perhonjoki valley kantele style, Karelian small kantele and runo-song traditions as well as archaic improvisation.
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With us in "2013"
Laura Marek
Lauramari is an artist with a rich background and affinity for languages that make her a very dynamic performer. Although she was born and raised in a small town in PA, her Finnish heritage, good command of the Finnish language and experience of living in Finland for several years, have made her about as Finnish as one can get. Being raised by musical parents left her no choice other than to pick up an instrument or two and start singing since before she could even talk. Her love of Finnish music, particularly Värttinä, started with a little trip to a Scandinavian specialty store, Viking Village, about 10 years ago, where she bought her first Värttinä album. Once she heard their music, she was hooked. It was during this time she knew that she wanted to perform songs like these at Scanfest.
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With us in "2013"
Magnus Martensson
Entertaining mix of classical music and humor in the tradition of Victor Borge.
With us in "2013"
Norsewind
Norsewind performs original and some traditional folk music. Hailing from Berks County Pennsylvania, Norsewind's sound is a unique mix of Scandinavian and American style of energetic folk music with a few Irish traditional pub songs in the set! This group will always get the crowd clapping, dancing, and stomping their feet! If you'd like to have that old jolly pub sing along feel, you gotta check out Norsewind!!
With us in "2013"
Sara Pajunen
Growing up on the Iron Range of Minnesota, Sara Pajunen left the piano for the violin at the age of six due to restless legs/mind. After over 20 years of classical study in Minneapolis, Taipei, and Helsinki, she again became restless  this time to find musical connection/voice/path. These explorations, as of late, have manifested work connected to her Finnish heritage. An extremely versatile violinist with a propensity for adventure in culture and sound, Sara performs in many genres of music, including Nordic fiddle, Argentine tango, classical and jazz. Curious and serious about music as an expression of the self, she is constantly experimenting with new techniques of sound creation. She conducts workshops around the country and teaches privately in her Minneapolis home.
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With us in "2013"
Smorgasbandet
A smorgasbord of music, a little bit o' this and a little bit of that! Made up of 4 or more performing artists from New York with Scandinavian roots.
With us in "2013"
The Blue & The Blond
I have a new duo! And it's called The Blue & The Blond. The other person in this duo is Jutta Rahmel (from Kardemimmit, New Better Spring Band, Erkki & Tytöt) that sings and plays kantele. I'll be handling my harding fiddle, guitar and some backing vocals. Check out our fresh demo at www.theblueandtheblond.com - enjoy!
With us in "2013"
Von Halstern Medieval Reenactors
Battle re-enactments, encampments, Viking artifacts.
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With us in "2013"
Harald Haugaard & Helene Blum
Harald Haugaard Fiddler, composer, producer
Harald Haugaard began playing the violin at the age of 7 years old. His teacher was the local organ player in the village of Harndrup in the northwest region of the island Funen where Harald grew up.
From the very beginning folk music was his biggest inspiration. One of his earliest and greatest influences was his grandfather Johannes who was a local wood carver and traditional accordion player.
Helene Blum:
"It's been many years since Denmark has had a young woman singer with such a great voice - National Danish Radio P4
Helene Blum has thrilled audiences throughout Europe, and from Canada to Japan, with her intensely expressive, crystal clear voice. Her artistic focus embraces both traditional roots and innovation. Using ancient songs and ballads as a base, she reinvents them with contemporary expressions and mixes them elegantly with newly written songs, including her own. She is deeply rooted in Danish music traditions, but at the same time not afraid to challenge them.
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With us in "2011"
KAIVAMA
Finnish-American folk duo
Minneapolis MN - USA
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With us in "2011"
Ole Olesen - Norwegian Immigrant
Ole Olesen,aka Roger Hellesvig, has been sharing his story about 19th Century Norwegian Immigration for the past 15 years. Join the adventure as Ole leaves his Norwegian homeland and travels to America. The audience will help Ole decide what to pack in his trunk as he shares about his Norwegian traditions. To find out more about Ole go to www.19thcenturyprogams.com.
With us in "2011"
FESTBAND
MUSIC FOR DANCING AT THE PAVILLION
With us in "2010"
kärringkånk
Wife carrying (Finnish eukonkanto or sometimes akankanto, Estonian naisekandmine, Swedish kärringkånk), is a sport in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. The sport was first introduced at Sonkajärvi, Finland.
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With us in "2010"
Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre
Two shows for Children, and a puppet making class to Hans Christian Anderson's Nightengale (adults and children)
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With us in "2010"
Rebecca Kelly - Storyteller
Tale of Scandinavia for children and adults.
63 John Ringo Rd
Ringoes NJ 08551 -
Phone: [908-806-3126]
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With us in "2010"
David Kaminsky, Riksspelman
David Kaminsky is an ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist, and the first American ever to have been granted the title of Riksspelman, or National Folk Musician of Sweden. He will be playing traditional dance tunes from Sweden and Norway on various flutes and whistles.
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Phone: (612)940-1918
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With us in "2009"
Julane Lund - Norwegian traditional music
Julane Lund performs Norwegian and Norwegian-American music on both the regular fiddle as well as the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. She has toured throughout many countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the United States, Canada, and in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan. She has been featured on several television and radio programs in these countries.
P.O. Box 944
Mooresville IN 46158 - USA
Phone: (317)831-1147
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With us in "2009"
Scandinavian Delight
Erik-Hans Vågen , on a bell accordion and Dale Stroever on Guitar, make for a delightful European sound. Erik-Hans is of Norwegian background and had been playing the accordion since the age of eight. Eric and Dale offer the European sound we all love to listen and dance to.
Atlantic Highlands NJ - USA
Toll Free: (888)404-5132
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With us in "2009"
Swedish Troubadours
Swedish ballads ("Svenska Visor") have played an important function to swedish culture and identity during the past centuries. More on line at their web site
With us in "2009"
Annie Galle Dance Company
The Annie Galle Dance Company was created in 1989 under the direction of Annie Galle, a Danish born and trained artistic director The Dancers will perform a special program of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling".
Poughkeepsie NY - USA
Phone: (845)462-1510
With us in "2008"
Barnklubben Elsa Rix #1
First Children's Club established in the Vasa Order of America
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Phone: (718)767-2093
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With us in "2008"
Elly Erickson, Soprano
Elly Erickson, an American soprano of Scandinavian descent, has performed in every thinkable setting. Having performed over twenty leading roles in operas and musicals, Ms. Erickson has also won nearly twenty-five awards, among them the prestigious Jenny Lind Competition Award which led to a concert tour in Sweden, ...Much more at her web site
With us in "2008"
Kaiku  finnish band
Rhythmic. Harmonious. Organic. Those words can best describe the sound of Kaiku, a New York-based collective of talented and experienced Finnish and American musicians. It is a fascinating mix of spirited Finnish singing and world music instrumentation. The hauntingly ethereal harmonies are supported by touches of accordion, percussion, cello and bass. The rhythms are an uncategorizable fusion of Finnish folk, tango, pop, waltz, Brazilian beats and what even sounds like a polka-esque marching song... more at their web site
With us in "2008"
SISU
"THE VIKING BAND WITH A BITE!"
Sisu is a Scandinavian roots band specialising in traditional Finnish & Swedish music. They play the familiar songs from famous roots folk bands like Varttina, Garmarna & Hedningarna.
Maryland -
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With us in "2008"
Nyt Naura
The Finnish comedy and musical troupe 'Nyt Naura' ('Now Laugh') performs comic reminiscing, hilarious folk songs and lyrics (flavored entirely in English...accented with a dose of Finnish spice) that will tickle your funny bone.
With us in "2007"
Ringling 5
There's a nostalgic movement to romanticize the West and ranching life - rugged men, strong women, family values. Well, the Ringling 5 has just one thing to say, "Bull." They sing of today's West - tennis shoe clad men, women who had potential before they got married, and financial credit limits.
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Phone: [406-686-4466]
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With us in "2007"
Scandinavian Accordion Club
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With us in "2007"
Elge Johannes
Soprano
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With us in "2006"
Karen Solgard - Norse Fiddle
Karen brings an entertaining program of Hardanger Fiddle music. Traditional Hardanger Fiddle tunes are mixed with Karen's own compositions and arrangements.
2509 34th Ave South
Minneapolis MN 55406 - US
Phone: [612-724-5540]
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With us in "2006"
Touchstone Theatre presents
A new play about the fairy-tale life of Hans Christian Andersen performed by 3 actors, puppets,visual spectacle,and original music - a delight for all ages.
Touchstone Theatre
321 East 4th St.
Bethlehem PA 18015 - US
Phone: [610-867-1689]
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With us in "2006"
DIRECT FROM FINLAND
The University Student choirs Florakören and Brahe Djäknar, the choirs of the Åbo Akademi-university, a Swedish speaking university, in Turku, Finland. Florakören is a female choir and Brahe Djäknar is a male choir.
With us in "2005"
DIRECT FROM SWEDEN - ÖRONTRÖST
Acappella singing group from Uppsala., singing traditional folk songs with the aim to pass on the oral tradition of the traditional songs.
With us in "2005"
Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase
Mezzo- contralto, Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase, is a native of Randers, Denmark. She has performed extensively through North America promoting Scandinavian music. She has performed with such groups as Ars Musica Chorale, The National Chorale as well as performing roles of Orlovsky in "Die Fledermaus" and Hansel in "Hansel & Gretel". She has also performed solos in Beethoven's " Mass in C" and "The Requiems" of Mozart. Hanne will perform a special program - "Hans Christian Andersen in Song and Story"
New York NY - USA
With us in "2005"
KAREN LARSEN
Norwegian Storytelling
Bridgewater NJ -
With us in "2005"
Sigrid Jaegersen Erickson
Norwegian-American soprano. Graduate of Julliard School of Music, NYC. Eldonna Filardi as pianist.
Dumont NJ - USA
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With us in "2005"