A Swedish trad music band combining virtuoso playing with powerful vocal harmonies, Ljus & lykta (yoos uh liktah, meaning Light and lantern) performs all kinds of traditional Swedish songs - medieval ballads, love songs, hymns, and more. At the core of the Ljus & lykta sound, we find the crisp, edgy voices of Klara Ekman von Huth and Annika Hammer. Vega Nordkvist’s forceful fiddle playing and Anton Larsson’s sparkly groove provide a steady backbone for the intertwining voices.
Singing has always been part of Klara’s life. As a child, she used to sneak away to her room to listen to Billie Holiday, troubadour Cornelis Vreeswijk, and Sweden’s number one jazz vocalist, the multi-talented Monica Zetterlund. After school, she would go to the library and stuff her school bag full of music from all over the planet. All of this ignited a fascination for the human voice as a messenger, singing as a getaway and making music as one big adventure.
Albums recommended by Klara:
Garmarna - 6
Ale Möller Band - Argai
José González - Local Valley
Only in her late teens did Annika realise that such a thing as Swedish traditional music exists. After contemplating this fact for a couple of years, she began literally devouring songs and dance tunes. Annika has spent countless hours digging in archives, worn out several dance shoes and she is constantly mad at the fact that being a piano player at a spelmansstämma is just SO impractical. Maybe her new portable harmonium will solve the problem for her. Annika loves new wave, science fiction and escapism in general.
Musical milestones according to Annika:
Tori Amos - Boys for Pele
Rosenbergs sjua - R7
Indigo Girls - 1200 Curfews
Vega’s fiddle playing is characterised by distinct rhythms and a powerful, yet sparkly timbre. She specialises in fiddle music from the province of Dalarna, traditionally performed solo, but also enjoys improvising, playing harmonies and accompanying others. Apart from playing with an awesome groove, Vega is really good at knitting mittens, coding web pages and baking cookies.
Three albums Vega wants you to listen to:
Sudan Dudan - Heimen der ute
Nickel Creek - Nickel Creek
Víkingur Ólafsson - Philip Glass: Piano Works
Anton is a multi-instrumentalist of considerable range, effortlessly making his way through the Scandinavian, Irish and American roots music soundscapes. Though his guitar is his constant companion, Anton also enjoys playing the fiddle on the dance floor, or the banjo for his unappreciative neighbours. Anton is passionate about traditional music from the provinces of Värmland and western Dalarna. It can also be noted that he is quite a bad loser, enjoys combat sports and is a rather talented bartender.
Olle Lindvall - Olle Lindvall
Kalle Almlöf & Anders Rosén - Troskarilekar
System of a Down (all records)