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JAERV + The OK Factor

On the heels of their joint Swedish tour in the summer of 2021 (funded in part by the American Scandinavian Foundation’s Artist Fellowship and the Swedish Arts Council), local string duo The OK Factor and Swedish folk quintet JAERV return to ASI in support of their program, Traditions.

If you’re in the mood for palpable joy, this is an evening you won’t want to miss. Throughout Traditions, unique instrumentation, deep musical talent, and a comradery born from the bands’ joint Scandinavian adventure combine to offer audiences a unique night of folk music. The bands’ respect for musical tradition is clear, as is their desire to expand its boundaries. Audience are encouraged to follow the music not just back in time, but into the future.

In 2017, the bands’ musical worlds collided after The OK Factor opened for JAERV at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. There was an immediate connection between them, grounded in a mutual love and respect for one anothers’ talent, rhythmic intricacies, inspiring melodic ornamentation, and fascinating instrumentation.

After shared performances and the study of traditional Swedish and American music throughout their tour of Sweden, a natural and organic partnership has developed between The OK Factor and Jaerv that is felt, seen, and heard by their audiences.

Joel Hagen – flute, whistles, soprano saxophone, vocals
Markus Gustavsson – fiddle, lead vocals
Tobias Hedlund – percussion, vocals, pump organ
Harald Nilsson – guitars, vocals
Anders Bergsten – double bass, nyckelharpa, vocals
Olivia Diercks – cello
Karla Colahan – violin