This version of Vivaldi’s 3rd movement of the Summer simply bursts with excitement and energy, and I LOVE the offset accents!
Check out more videos and audio of this album by Delirium Musicum, Vivaldi Seasons, reimagined and rearranged here.
Casey Driessen, Aili Järvelä and Esko Järvelä: Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
This fun cover of Joni Mitchell’s tune was born out of fiddler Casey Driessen being stuck in Finland at the start of Covid in March 2020 in the middle of his Otherlands travels around the world. I love that the two fiddlers clearly speak the same language despite being raised in two different cultures. Read more on Casey and his two months in Finland here.
Monique Clare at Blue Skies Festival, Ontario, Canada
[ Originally broadcast as part of the 2021 Blue Skies Festival in Ontario, Canada. ]
I am so thoroughly enjoying the intricate arrangements and cello playing of Monique Clare. To read more about her see here.
Punch Brothers: Live at House of Blues
I happened to see the Punch Brothers live at House of Blues in Boston almost 10 years ago, and it was one of the more crazy brilliant concerts I have ever been to. They have energy, originality, virtuosity like few others, and plenty of beauty. Go see them!
Folk All-in Band at Nalen, Stockholm, Sweden
I will gladly admit that I have a dream of joining this band. How fun is this! The energy is off the roof, you have to start dancing, the big band/funk/trad/folk combo is absolutely irresistible!
Danish String Quartet: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Gorgeous and serene performance of Nordic folk songs in new arrangements, with a strong flare of classical discipline.
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards – “Stockholm”
I have had the pleasure of seeing Laura Cortese live several times in the last few years, and a more energetic and rich artist is hard to find. Her live performances are just as good as the recordings, if not better, so if she is performing in your area just go! You can find her tour schedule here.