“Symbio stand out to the highest degree as one of the most distinctive groups in the environs of folk music in recent years.” - Swedish Music Magazine “LIRA”, 2018
Symbio was awarded as the Best New Artist of the Year at the Swedish Folk & World Music Awards 2016 and the duo is regarded as one of the most interesting new bands from the Swedish Folk & World music scene. With their strong stage presence, and a magical interplay of hurdy-gurdy and accordion, the duo surprises their audience and takes them on a moving and dreamy musical journey.
The music of Symbio has been described as original compositions where folk, minimalistic art music and electronic dance music meets and becomes a cinematic experience for the listener. During concerts the duo perform with both seriousness and joy, telling personal and vivid stories about the music. Through a playful, energetic and close interaction Symbio creates new music where two becomes more.
The duo was founded in 2011 and was awarded with the ”Scholarship for young music ensembles” from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2016. Since the release of their debut album ”Phoresy” (2016) they have been touring extensively in Sweden and Europe. Their second album ”Rising” was released in September 2018 and has been highly acclaimed by international critics. 2019 the duo represented Sweden at the EBU Radio Folk Festival at Rudolstadt Festival, Germany.
”Symbio is a project that is very close to our hearts and we are very passionate about the music we make together. We feel that we have found music that speaks to our hearts and we want to share this music with the world, hoping that it will touch other people ́s feelings” //Symbio
Johannes Geworkian Hellman : hurdy-gurdy
LarsEmil Öjeberget: accordion, kickbox