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.
My favorite food on the Christmas dinner table is the Swedish Christmas ham, but I know that a lot of people out there prefer to not eat meat for Christmas. One talanted artist that was a guest on my Xmas Calendar in 2009 showed me some great ways to celebrate Christmas without meat, and I decided to share that episode with you guys as a re-run.
Stiko Per Larsson is a great Swedish artist who is not only a vegetarian, but also have a habit of doing long walking tours. He’s walked all over Scandinavia playing his music. Check out his music and upcoming gigs here!
Swedish American newspaper Nordstjernan just published an interview about my tour. Nordstjernan was founded in 1872 and is the oldest Scandinavian publication in the US. They visited me for my shows in NYC, of which the last one is today Thursday June 7th at Ella Lounge 7pm.
Listening to her music, an otherworldly edge, surprising twists and powerful, haunting vocals make her much more than just another pretty folk-pop-acoustic performer. In other words, in Scandinavian music terms that Americans can understand, she’s no ABBA retread and not quite the enigmatic eccentric of Bjork, but carving her own unique and welcome niche in the music world.
My new album ‘Florida’ is now up on Spotify in Scandinavia. It will soon be available in the rest of the territories but you guys who live outside Scandinavia have to wait just a little while longer for the bureaucracy to take it’s time. The blog Spotinews also listed a few new Swedish releases the other day and my album was one of them.
So that basically means that you can listen for free, but if you like it I’m very happy if you support me by buying an album in my shop.
When I released my album Jonestown I released 12 live videos where I play the songs from the album live with different Swedish guest artists. One of them was Christian Kjellvander and I am proud to tell you that he will once again play with me, this time on my Xmas concert “Sofia Talviks Julmys” at Mosebacke this Sunday!
If you’re in Sweden you should also turn up the volume on your radio today for Musikplats Stockholm in P4 where I’ll be a guest!
Known for both his career in the band Loosegoats as well as his many praised solo albums, Christian Kjellvander is probably the most American country-esque singer/songwriter in the whole of Scandinavia. Or as “The Sun” describes his music; “You’d bet your bottom dollat that the man behind it lived in a small American town.”
Check out the last live video with Christian Kjellvander here: