Groupa at WOMEX from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

Groupa is a veteran band, and is currently comprised of Jonas Simonson, flutes, Mats Edén, violin, and Terje Isungset on percussion and assorted sound objects. The various members who have long been active in the Nordic music scene have always been not only great players, but experimenters. This is just from the tail end of their showcase at WOMEX….I came in late due to another obligation, and kicked myself for it when I heard what good stuff was going down. But I think you’ll get the idea of how they blend a firm foundation of folkloric music with a modern deconstruction. And of course, I am a sucker for those wonderful fiddle tunes, like the ones they segue into after the first overtone flute piece and atmospheric sound collage half way through.

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