Traditional Roma/Gypsy songs from Russia and Eastern Europe, melancholic melodies and fiery intensity.

Krilja is a trio based in Gothenburg, Sweden, who plays traditional Roma/Gypsy songs from Russia and Eastern Europe. The music is of uncertain date but in many cases from the 19th century and onwards and shifts between lyrical melancholy and fiery intensity. The lyrics of the songs are in Romanes and Russian, and tells of sorrow, pain, poverty and suffering, but also love and passion.
The arrangements have been improvised by the musicians, often influenced by styles such as flamenco, but they remain true to the traditional idiom.

The name ”Krilja” means ”wings” in some dialects of Romanes as well as in Russian.

The Members
Marita Johansson (vocals) has been very interested in Roma music and culture since childhood. Many years ago, she started collecting traditional Roma songs from Russia and Eastern Europe which she has incorporated into her sizeable repertory. She has studied music and song privately and has also learned several dialects of Romanes as well as Russian.
Jonas Liljeström (fiddle) started playing the fiddle on a semi-professional (and eventually fully-professional) level in 1990. He has played in bands with widely different musical orientations over the years and is proficient in a great variety of musical styles, including Nordic, British and Irish folk music, jazz, blues, bluegrass, klezmer and various kinds of East European folk music.
Emil Pernblad (guitar) became fascinated with flamenco when quite young, and from the 1990s and onwards he periodically lived in Spain to study the music tradition. Today he is a freelance musician with Europe as his field of activity. Emil has composed music for theatre and television, and he also works as a guitar tutor.

Group members

Marita johansson: vocals
Emil Pernblad: guitar
Jonas Liljeström: violin