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Världens Band

Anna Möller (Sweden) – fiddle Thea Åslund (Sweden) – fiddle Arvid Rask (Sweden) – mandola Matthew Jones (England) – guitar Erik Rask (Sweden) – guitar Navah Elbaz (Tunisia) – vocals Dave Gray (England) – melodeon Dave Foley (Scotland) – flute Cassandre Balbar (France) – Galician pipes and recorder Anna Malmström (Sweden) – clarinet Charu Hariharan (India) vocals and mridangam Mischa Grind (Sweden) – percussion Tobias Karlehag (Colombia) – percussion Adam Grauman (Sweden) – bass

Fifteen musicians, seven countries, three continents, one band. Together, Världens Band discovers the possibilities when traditions are shared, creativity freed and multiculturalism embraced. Swedish polskas meet Scottish reels, English folk guitar accompanies Indian classical song, Galician pipes play Balkan melodies and the Tunisian vocals blends with Colombian rhythms. The result is a unique and exciting blend of culture, personality and musical style. All experts in their native traditional music, the musicians first joined forces in 2012 in Stockholm to share the folk music from their separate countries and to create new sounds under the guidance of Swedish folk legend Ale Möller. They have since carried out two successful tours of Sweden, where they will play again at major festivals over summer 2014 before visiting the UK for the first time. Made up of members of Swedish folk award winners Kolonien, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners Last Orders and BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award nominees Rura, alongside winner of the All India Radio Competition Carnatic Devotional singer Charu Hariharan, and rising star of Tunisian folk music Navah Elbaz, Världens Band showcases music from all around the world performed at its best.

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds

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