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Brent Buswell - Accordionist
His "dancing fingers" are sure to impress and inspire listeners of all ages with music for all occasions.
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
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 -
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
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.
Phone: (718)339-4424
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.
Swedish Folk Dancers of New York
A Swedish group, performing traditional Swedish and Danish dances.
Budd Lake NJ -
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
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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The Swedish Meatballs
Toe-tapping, foot stomping, Scandinavian/American music, featuring the 2013 Sweden Day Woman of the Year!
Phone: (917)968-2926
Junior Club dance group from Vasa Order of America.
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
1166 Slater Rd
New Britian CT 06053 - USA
Phone: (860)223-6843
Von Halstern Medieval Reenactors
Medieval combat - will have battle reenactments, encampment, and will be displaying Viking artifacts