A Celebration of Danish Poets in Song


Danish born contralto, Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase, has performed throughout North America promoting Scandinavian vocal culture. In the New York area she has enjoyed an ongoing relationship with Gotham Chamber Opera in such productions as Cavallis Eliogabalo, Catans La Hija di Rappacini and Beechers I Have No Stories to Tell You, as well as with a number of other opera companies. A company member of Light Opera of New Jersey, she has been in their productions of The Magic Flute (Third Lady), The Gondoliers (Duchess of Plaza-Toro), The True Story of Cinderella (Stepmother), Pattermania (several characters) and most recently in The Daughter of the Regiment (Marquise of Berkenfield). She has performed with numerous orchestras in the greater New York area as well as the Pacific Northwest and is the co-founder of Beowulf Consort, a chamber ensemble that tells stories through music. Hannes German Lieder CD Northern Passion can be purchased at or

Children's Skansen Club


Folk Dance by VASA Children's Club

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.

Hans Christian Andersen Story-Songs


Hans Christian Andersen StorySongs Composer/performer Roger Latzgo will bring his musical settings of stories by Hans Christian Andersen. Latzgo, who first learned music at his accordion-playing grandfather's knee, continued his formal studies at Rutgers College and the Mason Gross School of the Arts. For Scanfest 2022, Roger presents Hans Christian Andersen StorySongs. Songs include his musical settings of "The Ugly Duckling", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Little Match Girl" and others. Among the newer StorySongs is Latzgo's musical version of a lesser-known Hans Christian Andersen story sometimes translated as "The Millennium". In it, Andersen imagines what travel in Europe will be like one thousand years from his own time. The master storyteller spins it with uncanny accuracy. Latzgo makes it contemporary with a tempo di rap setting. Roger is on a musical mission: to enhance understanding and deep appreciation of Hans Christian Andersen through the power of music. We know that Scanfest audiences will love joining him on this journey.



Swedish-American vocalist IVA is a true crossover artist, having successfully bridged the gap between singer-songwriter and classical musician. Her music has carried her across two continents and gained her accolades in both genres. She's been tapped as Whos Next by M Musicians Magazine, touted as supremely talented by Guitar Worlds Acoustic Nation, called a remarkable talent & the real thing by TriStateIndie, and featured in Billboard Magazine as an artist to watch. Originally trained in New York conservatories, she moved to Stockholm, Sweden on a Fulbright scholarship to sing opera. But thanks to a chance meeting the year before, she found herself singing on Conan O'Brien and started recording her own popular music. She signed with New York label Vurse, and later with Universal Sweden, launching onto national Swedish radio and TV while making her debut at the Royal Opera of Stockholm. She returned to the U.S. to form her own band, releasing her first U.S. album Leap to NPR and tastemaker stations across the country. In 2015 the Vasa Order of America named IVA Swedish American of the Year for her contributions to cultural exchange between Sweden and to the United States. Past honorees include actress Ann Margaret, lunar astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Nils Löfgren of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. She is the youngest honoree to date.

Jonathan Kruk, Master Storyteller


Jonathan Kruk is a master storyteller, best known for solo shows of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". and "A Christmas Carol." The Scandinavian fairy tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" inspired him to become a professional storyteller. Now, he engages all at schools, libraries, historic sites, and festivals with his interactive theatrical shows. He's been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, The TODAY Show, The Travel Channel, and the BBC. Listen today for lively performances of Norse lore, and Hans Christian Andersen tales.

Leif Ericson Viking Ship, Inc.


Viking history

Magnus Martensson


Expect a laugh-out-loud comedy and exquisite piano performance! Comedian-pianist Magnus Martensson is back and this hilarious family-friendly show will be featuring music by Sibelius, Gade, special greetings from the Nobel Foundation, and much, much more. Magnus has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, United Nations, and Carolines on Broadway, while his ongoing tour "Excuse me, does my piano count as one carry-on?" is bound this fall to visit Chicago, Pittsburgh and Helsingborg. "Making people laugh out loud while astonishing them with musical virtuosity was the order of the evening for Magnus Martensson's appearance." CABARET SCENES, NYC

Oskar Stenmark Duo - Scandinavian Masterpieces


Oskar Stenmark is born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden. His family has a long legacy in music that has been traced back to 1762. Oskar developed a musical interest at an early age and eventually picked up the trumpet. After a Bachelors degree in improvisation at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg Oskar moved to New York to pursue his musical dreams. He has performed with stars such as David Byrne, Chris Potter and multiple GRAMMY award winner Maria Schneider Orchestra. Oskar is a Yamaha artist and his playing has been heard at the Super Bowl and in the Matrix Resurrection. Oskar, tenth generation musician, has a Masters degree in Jazz Arts from the Manhattan School of Music and continues to develop his playing and artistic vision while living in New York. Together with Alex Pryrodny on piano, Oskar plays jazz, folk and classical music from Scandinavia with the goal to communicate music that connects the past to the present.



SmörgåsBandet is a Smörgåsbord of music, with deep Scandinavian roots that celebrates their instruments and a lifetime of experiences. Together as a band for over 20 years, their music results in a broad spectrum of genres including folk music, gammaldans, pop, standards, country and rock n roll. Jeanne Eriksson, MC, is the daughter of the late maestro Walter Eriksson and plays accordion, keyboard and teaches dance. Her son is the percussionist, and Wayne Söderlund is their modern day maestro making sounds with his electronic Roland accordion that sets them far apart from your farfars gammaldans orchestra. Waynes son Johnny Söderlund plays guitar, banjo & drums on special occasions. Theyre all members of Vasa Lindbergh Lodge #505, DL4NY. Theyve performed overseas in Sweden and Åland, and have appeared at countless celebrations. They have a residency at The Village Lanterne on Long Island and their enthusiasm is contagious. See you on the dancefloor at ScanFest at Vasa Park, NJ, USA!

Spirit of Scandinavia


Spirit of Scandinavia is a group of local Scandinavian musicians who present a variety of Scandinavian tunes for your listening and dancing pleasure with drums, accordion and saxophone.

Telge Glima


Swedish Wrestlers: About thirty years ago the group Telge Glima was founded in Södertälje, 30 minutes 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 2015 they celebrated their 25th anniversary.

The Sloshbucklers


The Sloshbucklers are back with a return invasion...I mean "engagement" at the ScandinavianFest! We're a Viking themed demonstration group featuring axe and knife throwing. Wander through the encampment; stop by the range and see what the Sloshbucklers are all about!

The Swedish Meatballs


Toe-tapping, foot-stomping, heart-touching Scandinavian MUSIC! "The Swedish Meatballs" are all blended together with different talented spices to create delicious music! Ellen Lindstrom and "The Swedish Meatballs" are rolling all over ... performing at just about every North East tri-state IKEA special event ... to the streets of Brooklyn: Summer Stroll, Brooklyn Brewery, The Salty Dog, Viking Fest ... and at the Danish, GJOA & Swedish Cultural Clubs. Ellen & "The Swedish Meatballs" sqweeze & please wherever Scandinavian/accordion music is longed for... Philadelphia's Swedish Museum, Pennsylvania's Mount Jewitt Swedish Festival, Jamestown's Scandinavian Folk Festival, Land of the Vikings, and the Danish, Norwegian & Eger Nursing Homes, plus Sons of Norway & VASA special events. Ellen & "The Swedish Meatballs" ... we go the extra SMILE!

Viking Jerk (pronounced Yeh-rick) and Vladimir from Rigr Crafts


Viking Jerk (it's pronounced Yeh-rick) and Vladimir from Rigr Crafts and Vlad's Tovary will be talking about Viking age weapons and armor and demonstrating how they were used. Come learn about axes, swords, knives, and spears and see which one rules the arena!

Westminster Conservatory of Music


Performers include pianist Michael Jacobsen, violinist Urska Haule Fegus, and soprano Danielle Sinclair, featuring instrumental and vocal music by Scandinavian composers, and Americans of Scandinavian descent. Hear the music of Svendsen, Stenhammar, Victor Borge, and Leroy Anderson along with some familiar favorites.