Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music.
Today it’s December 1st and the first window of my Christmas Calendar.
An Christmas Calendar orAdvent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Today, most advent calendars are made for children. In Europe you can find the cardboard ones in stores and usually see a them as a television show for children, starting on the first of December, and ending on Christmas Eve.
Sofia Talvik’s Advent Calendar however, is not made for children but for music lovers. Through December you’ll be able to watch 24 episodes where I celebrate Christmas in different ways up till Christmas eve.
I also have the tradition of giving away a free Christmas single each year and this year I’m releasing the single “Snowy White River” in collaboration with Music Teachers Without Borders and Gehrmans Publishing. Gehrmans Publishing is issuing a sheet music for “Snowy White River” and all proceeds will go to Music Teachers Without Borders, who works through and with music to give a meaningful life for children living in an otherwise tough environment.
So not only will you be able to learn how to play a Sofia Talvik song, but you’ll also do something good for children who need it. Gehrman’s publishing will also have a Christmas Calendar, to check it out on www.gehrmans.se where you also can download the sheet music for “Snowy White River”.
You can download the single here: www.sofiatalvik.com/snowy and check out me and my cello player perform it live in my livingroom.
In the end of October 2009 I’m releasing my third album “Jonestown” in the USA and later on in Japan. To give you a preview of the songs from the album I have gathered 12 of my favorite Swedish artists who will each perform one song from the album live with me on tape. Every week a new video is released, with a new song and a new guest artist.
I was just about to go to the US to tour with my new album “Jonestown” when I recorded this video with Christian Kjellvander, one of Sweden’s most prominent country singer/songwriters.
When Christian told me about the tour he’s about to make this fall I did get a bit jealous because it sounded so awsome. Christian is also going to the US, but he’ll be doing a livingroom tour, which means he’ll be playing in people’s homes. How awsome is that! I hope that all you guys will check out his schedule on his website and make sure to catch one of his performances because you won’t get disapointed, I promise.
After releasing several Loosegoats albums and the great Songs of Soil album Christian released hit breakthrough debut “Songs From A Two-Room Chapel” in 2002. In 2005 “Faya” was released and then Christian has been touring ever since with the occasional break. Now “I Saw Her From Here/I Saw Here From Her” is done. This fall Christian is heading to the US to do a “livingroom tour” playing in people’s homes.
for having us! We loved to play at Trästock, and you were everything but indifferent on my gig! I loved the laidback feeling with all of you sitting around like I was playing in your livingroom.
The door seemed kind of crowded so I hope everyone that wanted to catch the gig got in alright. So thank you, everyone sitting in the audience and everyone working with the festival for making me feel so welcome at Trästock.