Beautiful and emotional music from Jewish traditions - Early music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras
Salamander is a trio based in Gothenburg, Sweden, which plays Jewish folk music - mostly from the Sephardic tradition - and also to some extent Early music from them Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras performed in a "folkified" style. Occasionally other types of folk music are thrown into the mix (Greek Rebetika music and Italian folk songs to name but a few examples), but the group's main focus is on Jewish folk music.
The group was founded in 2010 and has since then performed in a wide variety of venues; from small cafés and cultural centres to churches, museums and festivals. Salamander’s debut album received very favourable reviews when it was released in 2014, and a second album entitled Como La Rosa was released on May 2 of 2018. The latter album has received enthusiastic reviews in both Swedish and international music magazines, and it has been played on radio stations in the USA, Latin America, Spain, Greece, the UK, Australia and Germany.
Salamander has an extensive cooperation with the Jewish community in Gothenburg, and the production of Como La Rosa was financed in full by a grant from the Katz Jewish Culture Foundation. A concert tour of Andalucia, scheduled to take place in 2020, is currently being planned.
The salamander, to whom the band owes its name, is considered a fire spirit in ancient and medieval symbologies and mystery traditions – one of the four elemental spirits. The Salamander is, among other things, the embodiment of courage and resourcefulness.
Marita Johansson: vocals, guitar, tambourine
Jonas Liljeström: violinl, ghatam, vocals
Emil Pernblad: irish bouzouki, guitar