Räfven


Vivacious 8-man-band lets Balkan meet Klezmer, Finnish melancholy and more.

Räfven comes from Gothenburg, Sweden, and started as a street performance band in the summer of 2003. Either on stage or in the streets they capture their audience with their intense music and a sense of presence that demands you to stop and dance, laugh, sweat, shout and sing together with them. Their repertoire consists mainly of klezmer and folk music from Eastern Europe and Sweden, combined with their own material. Räfven don’t want to belong to any specific type of music; they will play anything as long as they find the core full of joy, melancholy, bitter-sweetness and life.
During the last four years they’ve been delivering their energy from stage, resulting in dance floors collapsing and full festival crowds following them into rivers after concerts. Travelling on in the early morning light, Räfven leaves behind their longing and joy to the people fortunate enough to have happened upon them.

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Group members

Per Svenner: percussion
Rasmus Blanck: upright bass
Johan Dahlkvist: accordion
David Fraenckel: trombone
Jonas Lundberg: guitar
Martin Nurmi: saxophone
Loke Nyberg: fiddle
Daniel Wejdin: tambura

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