News Jan 26, 2011

Helena Espvall & Pétur Ben Perform at Scandinavia House in NYC

Icelandic folk guitarist Pétur Ben and Swedish experimental cellist Helena Espvall together

Scandinavia House presents Out of Scandinavia: New Indie Music from the Nordics.

Out of Scandinavia is an on-going series of uniquely selected musical performances the first Thursday of each month, headlining a myriad of fresh Nordic musicians that features one-off and premiere performances.Through subtle, deft curating of disparate styles, Out of Scandinaviawill satiate your craving for innovative and compelling new indie music from the Nordics.

Pétur Ben was born in Reykjavík in1976, Pétur Ben has been playing and writing music since his teens. Although active in the Icelandic underground scene for years, Ben first became known for playing with Mugison, as well as arranging and writing Mugison’s 2004 album, Mugimama is this Monkeymusic.

Helena Espvall was born and raised in Sweden, and having played the guitar and cello in several rock bands (as well as performing in a silent movie orchestra and an Arabian Music ensemble), Helena Espvall moved to the U.S. in 2000. Besides performing with the renowned Philadelphia band Espers, Helena collaborates with many others in the psychedelic folk and free improvisation world. She has recorded with folk guitar legend Bert Jansch, toured with Vashti Bunyan, and Damon & Naomi, and released two albums on Drag City records consisting of Swedish folk songs and improvisations together with Tokyo musician Masaki Batoh.

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