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"Harmonica Ensemble" may not immediately inspire thoughts of high art or serious music-making, but Sväng, founded in 2003, have proved to the disbelievers that this tiny instrument can be very expressive and that its potential is, in fact, unlimited!
With a dynamic, energetic stage presence and a repertoire of original music composed by the group themselves, Sväng are set to dazzle and delight listeners the world over. In their music, Slavic melancholy is bolstered by a compulsive rhythmic groove which betrays the groups' love of music of all stripes.
Sväng's debut album, released in 2004, was an instant success and has already achieved fame around the world. Following successful tours around the USA, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Mexico, UK, Japan, China and Croatia, including many radio and television appearances, in March 2008 Sväng released their album Jarruta. The third album Schladtzshe! will be released fall 2010. In addition Sväng released an album of self arranged music by Fryderyk Chopin in May 2010.
Perhaps their strong appeal can be attributed to the novelty of the ensemble sound coupled with their unique program of virtuoso Balkan rhythms, swinging ragtime, passionate tango, world music from the North and wild improvisations. A spectacle that must be witnessed live!
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Updated: May, 2013
Sväng is pleased to announce that The Red Orange Art Agency in the UK will act as our agency for UK, Ireland, Portugal and Spain effective immediately. Please see their updated contact information in our contact page.
Sväng is very pleased to announce that triart
will handle European wide management of Sväng. Anne Hofstadler has
acted as our agency in the German speaking countries right from to beginning
of our career and we are happy that she will now take the next bold step
to spread sväng music European wide.
Please come and meet us in Dortmund, Passau, Wien or Saalfelden in August!
Going to Utrecht, Holland for RASA Festival before June tour in Japan.
Sväng is touring in Germany and Italy in the first part of the season. See you there. Please check out our latest videos in Youtube.
Sväng is touring in Finland Oct/Nov time frame.
Sväng was featured in the Songlines Magazine #76. Please join us in Kings Place, London on June 25.
Please check out our new Sausage video in YouTube.
After a nice album release tour in Germany and Austria, Sväng toured in Italy and two weeks in Scotland in November.
On July, we will visited our 20th country on tour to Croatia and Italy. We also played Chopin program in two festivals in Finland.
Sväng just returned from their tour in Japan and China. Next coming up Ulm in Germany.
Next in Salzburg Literaturhaus with Kari Hotakainen, Hannu Raittila and Roman Schatz.
Perhaps the largest classical music festival La Folle Journée has booked Sväng 14 concerts of Chopin. The festival took place in Nantes end of January.
World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen. Images from the concert are available here.
Sväng was touring in Sweden again and in northern Germany (folkBaltica, etc).
Sväng was touring Swedish schools starting March 23.
Sväng was touring in Austria, south of Germany and Swizerland starting March 6.
Sväng was nominated in Songlines Music Awards and we made it in top ten of the Best Group category. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!
Sväng featured in Jools Holland New Year Hootenanny. Please go to our Myspace-site to view the video.
RUN Productions has added Sväng in their artist roster in France.
Roots Around the World has added Sväng in their artist roster in the UK.
Mr. Kyhälä, Turkka and Grundström were nominated to TEOSTO 2008 award for their works on Sväng album Jarruta.
Just back from a quick four concert tour in Germany. Tour blog in myspace.
Sväng just returned from a successful nine concert tour in Japan. Tour blog in myspace.
Spanish artist management El Spríritu del Sur has added Sväng in their artist roster.
Canadian artist management Marilyn Gilbert has added Sväng in their artist roster.
I have published a quick tour diary of our recent trip to Mexico.
Sväng was nominated to Gramex 40-year award with seven other nominees.
Our latest album "Jarruta" was relased in Japan on January 27. Finland release was on March 5.
You might want to take a look at the latest batch of photo updates too.