Frost (Footprint Records, 2008)
Groupa is a legendary group in Swedish folk music, which describes its music as Nordic folk fusion. The veteran group keeps surprising with its mix of Swedish (especially from Värmland, near the Norwegian border) and Norwegian roots music and sound explorations. The musicians use traditional instruments such as the willow flute, which has beautiful high pitch; as well as mouth harp, fiddle, percussion and other instruments to create some of the most innovative folk sounds to come out of the Nordic countries in recent times.
The current line-up of Groupa is a trio formed by musicians who have backgrounds in folk, classical and jazz music: Jonas Simonson on flutes and bass clarinet, Terje Isungset on drums, percussion and mouth harp; and Mats Edén on fiddle, viola d’amore ad melodeon. The majority of the mesmerizing evocative material is composed of original pieces by Mats Edén and Jonas Somonson.
Available from: http://www.footprintrecords.com
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.