Groupa - Kind of Folk

Via Jan Johansson’s ingenious interpretations of folk music Groupa gained nourishment for new impulses in on-going conversation as musicians. Groupa searched backwards, to the old transcriptions, to the written music, and listened to recordings of long since departed role models within singing and playing. With thin watercolour notes they paint their own version of Swedish tunes and songs. They listen in-wards, sometimes subtly and sometimes with irrepressible energy. More often than not they do not know exactly what will happen, but they find the way forward together.

»It's not a fusion so much as music that sounds to be coming from two traditions - Swedish folk and European jazz - simultaneously. This gives a feeling of complete spontaneity, with flautist Jonas Simonson and fiddler Mats Eden seeming to conjure literally weird and wonderful melodies out of thin air as Terje Isungset adds his inimitable percussive colours with bells, granite blocks, eerie vocalising and improbably virtuosic jew's harp. Isungset's brilliantly impressionistic feature summed up the performance in two words: sheer artistry - and it's not often you'll hear that said about drum solos.«

Rob Adams, The Herald, April 4, 2005


Mon 13 Feb - 12:59
Folk Roots Magazine: GROUPA Kind Of Folk – Vol 1 Sweden All Ice 1613 Today’s Groupa is a different beast from the ‘80s and ‘90s versions. For the last few years it’s been the trio of original member fiddler Mats Edén with flautist Jonas Simonsson and Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset (who in his parallel life is the ‘ice-man’, making and playing instruments of ice and founder of Geilo Ice Festival). Its music is a minimalist thing, just Edén’s sympathetic-string fiddles – deep-pitched viola d’amore and higher hardanger fiddle – and Simonson’s keyed, open-hole and har- monic flutes and whistles, hovering chord- free, airily or whispering, over Isungset’s very personal kit of deep bass drum and clicking, rattling, fluttering, chiming or grinding wood or metal, or buzzing jew’s-harp, in traditional polskas, wedding marches, polskas, herding tunes and calls, interwoven with slow, spa- cious improvising textures. All three are deeply able and long- experienced, intuitive musicians, and what they’re making here summons perhaps some- thing of the old sensibilities of Swedish and Norwegian musics, while treading a fine line between meaningful substance and a feeling of waiting, as in an extended mood-setting intro. Which side of that line it falls can depend on the time of day or one’s own mood. At brisker times it can irritate with impatience; just now, on a very dark grey gloomy New Year’s Day, it mostly suits. Andrew Cronshaw
Wed 11 Jan - 18:33
"Svensk folkemusikk ligger til grunn for ekskursjonene herrene tar oss med på og det er tre musikanter som hele tida både vil og kan sette sitt helt personlige stempel på et musikalsk uttrykk som både har folkemusikk og impro med i bagasjen". Et eget univers
Wed 21 Dec - 13:09
Nice presentation on our new CD on the Australian radio show Daily planet together with Jan Johansson, Unni Løvlid and Tina Quartey Groupa - 'Kind of Folk: Vol. 1: Sweden''kind-of-folk:-vol.-1:-sweden'/8130912
Thu 15 Dec - 09:40
Groupa har blivit nominerade till Årets folkmusik/singer - songwriter i gott sällskap med flera framstående musiker. Vi är mycket glada för detta: 2017 - Grammisgalan
Tue 29 Nov - 21:04 Groupa: Kind of folk - vol. 1 Sweden / a RootsWorld review