In Gärdebyn, Dalecarlia, you will find an important and ancient music tradition. The small Swedish village has been a cultural hub for over two hundred years. Oskar Stenmark, a flugelhorn player, is the tenth generation in his family to pass on this tradition, much thanks to his (paternal) grandmother Elsie Börjes who grew up in Gärdebyn. Elsie went on a U.S. tour with a group of fiddlers in 1956, when she was only 17 years old.
Now Oskar revives the music that has taken him to Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City and Boston with his concert: In My Grandmother’s Footsteps.

This is the first time Oskar performs on the West Coast, together with Finnish bass player Kaisa Mäensivu and Ukrainian American pianist Alex Pryrodny the group performs polskas, waltzes and folk songs mixed with a contemporary expression and sounds from New York.

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Tour dates:
May 17 - Secret Jazz Club, Seattle, WA. 8 p.m.
May 18 - The Ballard Jazz Festival at Nordic Museum, Seattle, WA. 7:30 p.m.
May 19 - Nordia House, Portland, OR. 7 p.m.
May 20 - House Concert, Portland, OR. 7 p.m.
May 21 - The Crib, Arcata, CA. 7 p.m.
May 22 - Point San Pablo Harbor, Richmond, CA. 7 p.m.
May 23 - House Concert, San Jose, CA. 8 p.m.
May 24 - Svenska Kyrkan-Church of Sweden San Francisco with SWEA International and Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco, CA. 6.30 p.m.
May 25 - The Samarkand, with The American Scandinavian Foundation of Santa Barbara, CA. 7.30 p.m.
May 26 - House Concert, SWEA Orange County, CA. 6.30 p.m.
May 27 - Lutheran Church of the Cross, Aliso Viejo Campus, CA 2 p.m.

For more info, see www.facebook.com/events/1887887597910019
Supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C. and The Swedish Arts Council.