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Ann-Marita Garsed
Singer/songwriter Ann-Marita's road to success has led her on a winding path from a humble upbringing in rural Norway, to Sweden via Iowa, on to Los Angeles and Australia...then back to California, this time to stay. Her previous two solo albums; Ann-Marita (2004) and Intuition (2007) have garnered glowing reviews, award nominations and airplay in all four of her home countries. Being praised for her outstanding voice and stage presence as well as her exceptional songwriting, Ann-Marita has traveled far and wide, playing world-renowned festivals, fairs, clubs, coffeehouses and makeshift stages on flatbed trucks. Ann-Marita's new 5-song EP "The Purple Ribbon Sessions" was released in March 2014, and continues to show her broad range of influences from contemporary country, Americana, rock and traditional folk  both the American and the Scandinavian kind.
PO Box 221004
Newhall CA 91322 - USA
Phone: (323)229-9556
Elsa Nillson
Weissman/McKenna and Trevor James Alto artist Elsa Nilsson's music is profoundly playful and widely influenced. She believes the beauty of music is how it transcends cultural boundaries, and she accentuates this in her compositions by mixing cultural elements to create a sound that is distinctly her own. Nilsson has built a solid career and reputation upon her belief that all folk music (including jazz) has a common thread, and that by weaving those threads together, a deeper, more complete understanding among cultures can be reached. The Elsa Nilsson Quintet plays jazz like the Vikings who ventured out of the cold and fled to Brazil. Their shows are a tour de force featuring arrangements of Swedish folk music as well as originals influenced by childhood experiences and world travel. In her playing Nilsson takes the flute to its fullest potential, employing everything from folk styles to extended classical techniques to create a sound that is both lyrical and warm while retaining a modern edge. The Quintet has performed at Blue Note Jazz Club (New York City), Rockwood Music Hall (New York City), as part of the Nublu Jazz festival (New York City), as part of the Discover Jazz festival (Burlington, VT) among others.
Phone: (206)661-7462
Magnus Martensson
Entertaining mix of classical music and humor in the tradition of Victor Borge.
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. Marcias 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 grandfathers 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. Marcias lyric soprano voice combines with Rogers classical experience in piano and guitar to weave a musical tapestry that brings their Story Songs to life. In their program for Scanfest 2015, Marcia and Roger present Hans Christian Andersen Songs and Stories. Songs include Rogers 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 -
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.
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]
Skansen Children's Club VOA
Folk Dance by VASA Children's Club
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.
The Swedish Meatballs
Toe-tapping, foot stomping, Scandinavian/American music, featuring the 2013 Sweden Day Woman of the Year!
Phone: (917)968-2926
Tomas Janzon: From Bach to Swedish Folksongs
This program includes pieces by J.S. Bach and F. Tarrega, also Swedish folksongs and something from the American Songbook. Mr. Janzon's virtuoso playing will show how the classical guitar can be used for improvisations and new arrangements. Please visit for more information, reviews and more.
Changes Music
47 W. 130th St. #9
New York NY 10037 - USA
Phone: (323)309-6555
Vinland Longships
Vinland Longships is a Viking reenactment group that owns a 22 foot Viking Faering (four oared) boat. The Skogar √ěrostur (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 √ěrostur are documented at
1166 Slater Rd
New Britian CT 06053 - USA
Phone: (860)223-6843
Von Halstern Medieval Reenactors
Battle re-enactments, encampments, Viking artifacts.