Swaying waltzes merge into improvisation, chilly soundscapes, acoustic loops and then into uncompromising, full-throttle folk. Nearly a decade together has honed Kaja into a genre of their own, an irresistible flowering of musical expressions.
Kaja has always had a soft spot for Rumanian and Balkan beats, only they have forged their own musical language by layering on more dimensions, richer content. Rooted in Eastern European music, it finds nourishment in the borderlands between tradition and innovation. On their three released albums they explore klezmer, tango, Swedish and American folk music, acoustic club music, Indian ragas, improvisation and cinematic art music – all wrapped up in a full-bodied sound. The results are a unique brand of daring and dazzling chamber folk, full of edgy twists and turns. Where the three musicians come together in a classy collaboration with a playful yet powerful voice.
The communication between these three musicians on stage is allowing, expressive, playful, intimate and tight. They flirt with a chamber musical expression without ever leaving the unpredictable spontanity of folk music and improvisation. With complete presence and interplay they create music that is daring, innovative and absolutely beautiful.
Kaja's independent way of thinking in composition and arrangement makes them representing something unique on the world music scene of today. The dynamic possibilities of the acoustic instruments make this trio suitable on small intimate venues as well as big concert places.
Kaja have been touring in Europe, Canada and Asia and performed at jazz festivals, folk and world music festivals, culture houses, concert halls, clubs, boats, churches, schools, private parties, TV and radio. They have performed at Jarasum International Jazz Festival, Europa Festival Utrecht, Sunfest (London, Ontario) and Umeå Folk Music Festival to name a few. Kaja have made music for films and theater as well.
Livet Nord – Violinquintone
Camilla Åström – Accordion and piano
Daniel Wejdin – Double bass
• Kaja (EP, 2006)
• Krackel (CD, Kakafon Records 2007)
• Rust (CD, Kakafon Records 2010)
• Midvintervaka (CD, Kakafon Records 2012, In collaboration with Tetra)
• Tre Trappor Upp (LP/CD, Kakafon Records 2013)
• Origo (LP/CD, Kakafon Records 2019)
More info, bio, press, music, photos: www.kajatrio.se