Rousing folk music from the Swedish group Jaerv at the House of Sweden in Washington

Markus Gustavsson, Anders Bergsten, Tobias Hedlund, Harald Nilsson and Joel Hagen of Jaerv, and singer Matilda Jacobsson

Markus Gustavsson, Anders Bergsten, Tobias Hedlund, Harald Nilsson and Joel Hagen of Jaerv, and singer Matilda Jacobsson.

MUSIC FANS and enthusiasts enjoyed the music of the young Swedish quintet Jaerv (www.jaerv.se) at the House of Sweden on Wednesday evening, April 14. Jaerv is known for an extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Rooted in several different musical traditions, Jaerv showcased a varied stage performance where vocal, five-voiced tunes blended in with energetic dances and free improvisations.

THE GOTHENBURG-BASED group members are Anders Bergsten, nyckelharpa, double bass & vocals; Markus Gustavsson, fiddle & vocals; Harald Nilsson, guitar & vocals; Joel Hagen, flute, soprano saxophone & vocals; and Tobias Hedlund, percussion & vocals. Additionally Swedish singer Matilda Jacobsson joined the group for a few of the vocal presentations. Jaerv is on 10-day tour in the United States. They have previously performed in New York, and will continue to Morristown, N.J., Harrisburg, Penn., and Jamestown, N.Y.

Jaerv members Harald Nilsson and Matilda Jacobsson; and Sophia Angelini

Gerry Scheuman, Katrina A. Krzysztofiak and Anders Lundeg?d

Gerry Schueman, Katrina A. Krzysztofiak and Anders Lundeg?d

Jaerv performers Markus Gustavsson, Anders Bergsten, Tobias Hedlund, Harald Nilsson, Joel Hagen and Matilda Jacobsson, along with Bo Borje Jonsson, second from left.

Jaerv performers Markus Gustavsson, Anders Bergsten, Tobias Hedlund, Harald Nilsson, Joel Hagen and Matilda Jacobsson, along with Bo Borje Jonsson, second from left.

Jaerv concert

The Jaerv concert

Jaerv concert

The Jaerv concert

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