Invigorating, enchanting and ethereal Nordic folk-singing
Jazz singers at heart, the four members of vocal quartet Åkervinda share a deep love of folk music and give new life to the Scandinavian folk tunes in their original and modern interpretations. The group released their second album ‘Förgänglighet’ in Spring 2018. It was nominated for a Swedish Grammis in the category “Folk music of the year”. Förgänglighet – the passing of life – is a tribute to all the things that withers away and a celebration of life in summer as well as autumn. Like so many storytellers and artists before them, Åkervinda carries tales of women throughout the ages, embodied in a visual musical live performance.
Ever since their break through at the Aarhus Vocal Festival in Denmark in 2015 the group have performed at an array of European vocal festivals and folk venues and at venues in Canada and the USA. The group had their TV debut at the famous Swedish TV show Allsång på Skansen in July 2019 and in May 2021 they did a concert with Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
Said about Åkervinda:
“I am spellbound by these four gorgeous voices breathing as one, telling stories that transcend language barriers. Their arrangements are invigorating, inspiring and grounded in a deep understanding of folk traditions.” – Edward Randell, The Swingles
“Åkervinda simply blew the canvas off of the tent at the Nest’s Stage at Shambala Festival. It was wonderful to see 500 hedonism seeking festival goers stop in their tracks sit and listen to these ancient songs sung with such power and energy. A memorable experience for all!” – Sam Lee, The Nest Collective, London
“Åkervinda… Ethereal, magical, folky in a spot on ‘serious musicians here’ kind of way. There were no rough edges to this warm up act; only tight harmonies and an
upfront execution of some stunningly difficult folk tune arrangements. This quartet
of women had the audience literally begging for more.” – Vocal Australia, London A
“It is wonderful to hear pure voice—so ancient, so eternal, so moving. Their voices and songs resonated with everyone.”- Norwegian American Weekly, Brooklyn