Swedish Children's Classics Revamped On "Nu Ska Vi Sjunga"
Swedish singing tradition is alive and well. In the latest of revamped versions of children's classics, vocalist Johanna Grüssner and arranger-composer Mika Pohjola interpret forty songs from the Nu ska vi sjunga (Now We Shall Sing) songbook. The album embraces the rich Swedish singing tradition and is in accordance with the Orff & Kodály method tuned to the natural keys of children. It is easy to sing along!
Johanna Grüssner and Mika Pohjola have previously collaborated on several albums, such as Moomin Voices (2002) containing Tove Jansson's original fairy-tale songs, and Swedish troubadour songs on Nu blir sommar (2006).
Mika Pohjola is a Finnish composer and pianist, who lived in New York for 17 years, before he moved to Stockholm, Sweden to study composition at the Royal College. During his career of more than 20 years, he has released more than thirty albums, and worked with Rigmor Gustafsson, Miguel Zenón, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Drew Gress, Matt Penman, Fernando Huergo and several others. Pohjola has performed with his bands at many New York jazz clubs, and toured North and South America, Europe and Japan.
Johanna Grüssner is a vocalist from the Åland Islands in Finland. She studied at Berklee College and Manhattan School of Music, and lead a famous 24-piece gospel choir at P.S. 86 in the Bronx, before moving to Stockholm to become a sought-after teacher and performer in Scandinavia. Apart from her work with Pohjola, she also leads a trio with her sisters, The Daughters of the Wolf, which performs middle age-inspired original folk music in Scandinavia. Grüssner has recorded ten albums.