Groupa - Kind of Folk

Via Jan Johansson’s ingenious interpretations of folk music Groupa gained nourishment for new impulses in on-going conversation as musicians. Groupa searched backwards, to the old transcriptions, to the written music, and listened to recordings of long since departed role models within singing and playing. With thin watercolour notes they paint their own version of Swedish tunes and songs. They listen in-wards, sometimes subtly and sometimes with irrepressible energy. More often than not they do not know exactly what will happen, but they find the way forward together.

»It's not a fusion so much as music that sounds to be coming from two traditions - Swedish folk and European jazz - simultaneously. This gives a feeling of complete spontaneity, with flautist Jonas Simonson and fiddler Mats Eden seeming to conjure literally weird and wonderful melodies out of thin air as Terje Isungset adds his inimitable percussive colours with bells, granite blocks, eerie vocalising and improbably virtuosic jew's harp. Isungset's brilliantly impressionistic feature summed up the performance in two words: sheer artistry - and it's not often you'll hear that said about drum solos.«

Rob Adams, The Herald, April 4, 2005


Tue 29 Nov - 21:04 Groupa: Kind of folk - vol. 1 Sweden / a RootsWorld review
Thu 24 Nov - 10:05
Review from Global Music: ".. Eindruck von “Kind of Folk, Vol. 1” der eines musikalischen Meisterwerks ist". Groupa: Kind of Folk, Vol.1 – Sweden – Global Music | Weltmusik-Magazin
Wed 16 Nov - 17:30
Swedish magazine Lira arrived today with a review: "Groupa is and remains a unique phenomenon, and Kind of Folk meet my very high expectations for this brilliant band. One of the year's best and most wayward albums!" "Groupa är och förblir ett unikum, och Kind of Folk uppfyller mina synnerligen höga förväntningar på detta briljanta band. En av årets bästa och mest egensinniga skivor!" Rasmus Klockljung - Lira Timeline Photos
Tue 15 Nov - 10:00
Hello Germany, we will do some concerts in 2017: 3.3. Mölln (Stadthauptmannshof) 4.3. Bremen (Radio Bremen Sendesaal) 5.3. Northeim (Alte Brauerei) 16.00 !! 7.3. Oldenburg /Oldb. (Wilhelm 13) 8.3. Hamburg (Heidbarghof) 9.3. Körle (Grüne Harfe) 10.3. Schlüchtern (KuKi) 11.3. Kappeln (Kirche Ellenberg, Folkclub Ostangeln)
Thu 10 Nov - 17:20
MDR Kultur: "Groupa" - das sind Urgestein der Szene, aus dem starken Revival der alten Musik in Schweden ist dort längst neue Tradition geworden. "Groupa" als Trio ragt heraus, es klingt so minimalistisch, introspektiv wie nie zuvor und und geht innovativ mit dem alten Rohmaterial um. Nicht ohne Selbstironie nannten die Musiker aus Schweden mit einem Gast aus Norwegen ihr neues Album: "Kind of folk" - eine Art Volksmusik. Man sieht vereiste Fjorde und frisch gefallenen Schnee beim Hören.
Mon 07 Nov - 14:32 En lunch med Groupa och Lena Willemark | Lira Musikmagasin
Sun 06 Nov - 10:14
"t's simple. When people bring their music from the heart, personally polished with artistic and stylistic preferences, sounding as if speaking with their natural born voice...magic happens. Instantly. Thank you, Lena Willemark and Jonas Simonson for tonights music."