Swedish quintet, playing an extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Rooted in several different musical traditions, Jaerv offers a varied stage performance where vocal, five-voiced tunes blend in with energetic dances and free improvisations.
Jaerv is a Swedish quintet, playing an extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music.Together, the five members have created a homogeneous, vivid sound which has established Jaerv on the folk music scene as well as in many other forums. Rooted in several different musical traditions, Jaerv offers a varied stage performance where vocal, five-voiced tunes blend in with energetic dances and free improvisations. Jaerv has done several tours in the U.S., played live at BBC Scotland and performed three times at the biggest folk festival in northern Europe, Celtic Connections in Glasgow. In February 2009 they released their first studio album, Inrikes, and now, in 2014, they will release their second album, Vol 2.
"The Swedish folk group Jaerv takes the elements of traditional Scandinavian music and reflects them through a modern prism, with an all-acoustic sound that nonetheless takes a bevy of tricky turns in rhythm and harmony that makes the pleasant rural melodies ring with a contemporary complexity."
Rick Massimo, Journal Pop Music Writer April 10 2010
"A cross draft of musical inspiration" "Unbelievably tight" "Mostly I remember yet the interaction and the powerful vocals" Sdermanlands nyheter 19/4 2014
"The success is heard in the very first applause" (...) "Together with Norbotten chamber orchestra and folk group Jaerv from Gothenburg, Sofia Karlsson gave pure luxurious models of her repertoire (...)" as the Vikings' old hit "Lilies" along with beautifully singing gentlemen in Jaerv ".
Pite-Tidningen 18/6 2012
"The same glorious vitality and the feeling that the audience is constantly being surprised-there are five amazing musicians who handle the instruments in a completely brilliant way-in all kinds of music - from polkas to free improvisations, with both simple and more-intricate rhythms. The joy of playing/skill completely knocks me out, and the audience!!"
Music/cultural responsibility in Stensjns Township and artistic and administrative leader of the Culture Hall in Kvarnbyn
"Last summer, Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra worked with Jaerv and folk vocalist Sofia Karlsson. The concert was a great success and touched many in our audience very deeply. Much of the success was due to Jaervs brilliant musicianship, quick adaptability and fine feeling for the music." Hkan Ekman - Producer Norbotten Chamber Orchestra
"Jaerv convinced us at Hilmarfestivalen and delivered a great concert with great ensemble playing. We particularly enjoyed the singing combined with storytelling. The breaks in between the tunes testify about good timing and musicality." Johan Einar Bjerkem - Producer Hilmarfestivalen
Concert Highlights: Pite Festspel, House of Sweden Washington D.C., Whitaker Center Harrisburg PA, Blackstone River Theatre Cumberland RI, Scandinavian House New York NY, Celtic Connections, Live @ BBC Radio Scotland, Berklee College Of Music Boston MA, Korrfestivalen, Nordlek, Brahefestivalen. Academy of Music and Drama, Folkmusikcafet, Museum of Art, Universeum, Hagabion and Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg
- Vol 2, 2014
- Inrikes, 2009