Kaja


Daring and dazzling chamber folk, full of edgy twists and turns.

Nearly a decade together has honed Kaja into a genre of their own, an irresistible flowering of musical expressions. Rooted in Eastern European music, it finds nourishment in the borderlands between tradition and innovation. Kaja has always had a soft spot for Klezmer, Rumanian and Balkan beats, only now they have forged their own musical language by layering on more dimensions, richer content. On two released full-length albums they have explored klezmer, tango, Swedish folk, French waltzes, cinematic art music and improvisation in their all original Kaja compositions.  Following on their acclaimed latest album Rust, Kaja is now poised to release their third album Tre Trappor Upp (“Three Stories Up”) which displays further influences from American folk music, acoustic club music and Indian ragas. Swaying waltzes merge into acoustic loops, improvisation, chilly soundscapes and then into uncompromising, full-throttle folk. Included in the vinyl edition of Three stories up there will be nine poems, specially made for each track, composed by the spoken word poet Olivia Bergdahl. 

The communication between the three musicians on stage is allowing, expressive, playful, intimate and tight. Kaja flirt with a chamber musical expression without ever leaving the unpredictable spontanity of Folk music and improvisation. With complete presence and interplay they create music that is daring, innovative and absolutely beautiful.The dynamic possibilities of the acousticinstruments make this  trio suitable on small intimate venues as well as big concert halls.

Kaja have been touring in Europe, Canada and South Korea and performed at jazz festivals, folk and world music festivals, culture houses, concert halls, clubs, boats, churches, schools, private parties, TV and radio. They have performed at Jarasum International Jazz Festival, Bukchoon World Music Festival, Global Jazz Festival, Europa Festival Utrecht, Sunfest (London Ontario), Umeå Folk Music Festival and Linköpings Folkmusikfestival, to name a few. 


Livet Nord – violin and viola
Camilla Åström – accordion and piano
Daniel Wejdin – double bass

Reviews

"Kaja have arranged their music in a most ingenious way... /...There is a thrill and magic that makes each track grow into a world of possebilleties which they really use in their daring composing." 
– Gunder Wåhlberg, Lira #4 09-2010 (Swedish magazine for World music and Jazz)

"Rust is exeptional and dazzling music"
– Lars Åbom, Corren, 08-09-2010 (Swedish newspaper)

"Kaja use blue notes of a kind B B King has never found and which stings better than schampoo in your eyes"
– Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenska Dagbladet 29-09-2010 (Swedish newspaper)

"Kaja has taken everything in life, destilated it on a bottle and shaken it" 
– Lovisa Eriksson, NWT 17-09-2010 (Swedish newspaper)

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Contact/Further info


International booking
Livet Nord

Phone: +46 704 414 001
Skype: Livet Nord
E-mail: info@livetnord.se

 

Scandinavian booking
Malin Kairis

MTA Production
Phone: +46(0)8 660 80 88
Mobile: +46(0)739 89 74 93
E-mail: malin@mtaprod.se
www.mtaprod.se
 

Links

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Besvärjelse
Composition by Camilla Åström.

Dans med ryska dockor

Composition by Camilla Åström.

Released albums

Tre Trappor Upp
(LP + CD Kakafon Records 2013)

Rust (Kakafon Records 2010)

Krackel (FOM/Kakafon Records 2007)

Kaja (EP 2005)