A nyckelharpa steeped in the traditions of folkmusic. A viola of sophisticated symphonic taste.And a mad guitar. Together they're are a supernatural being called Väsen and a supremely musical one. The individual parts of the Being are: Olov Johansson, Mikael Marin and Roger Tallroth. A folkmusic group whose fame has spread far beyond the borders of their native Sweden. And we can promise you one thing you never know quite what's going to happen.
Väsen's origins are, of course, deeply rooted in the forests and rich earth of the Swedish countryside, in the centuries-old tradition of the folk music of Uppland. And it's a tradition spiced with consummate playing skills. But Väsen is more than just folk sounds. There's a playfulness to their music, joyousness, and a delight in clothing new ideas in a wonderfully original musical garb. And there's more than a dash of disrespect, too. If ever a group was determined to go its own way, Väsen is it. Rock, jazz, ballads, folk, classical - the influence is there, in a subtly interwowen tapestry of sound. And what you hear is always the inspiration and improvisation of the moment. Like fine champange Väsen's music bubbles with "vitality". "Playing's got to be fun," says Väsen. And the audience have got to have fun, too". On stage, the group give free rein to their imagination. Between tunes, you might think you were at a great stand-up comedy show. Or you might find yourself regaled by strange tales of mystery and music. No two concerts are alike. Väsen, as someone once said, is a gut-feeling.