The Scandinavian Vocal Ensemble - an enchanting celebration of Nordic folk music tradition. Stämbandet has a reputation for excellence both as an a cappella ensemble and a World Music vocal group. Presenting songs rarely heard outside of Iceland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden, this captivating vocal band often breaks into six- and seven- part harmonies sung in six languages. Led by Allen LeVines, musical director since 1985, Stämbandet performs a wide range of a cappella folk trad... See More Over the decades, Stämbandet has continued to strive for performances of high artistic merit. Through careful research into the origin and history of its repertoire, the group has introduced to the American public innumerable facets of Scandinavian culture. The long-term commitment of the ensemble's membership, which includes American born singers as well as those who are native to Scandinavia, has helped to ensure Stämbandet's cohesiveness of sound and cultural identity. All of these factors figure prominently in the group's well-deserved reputation for excellence, both as an a cappella ensemble and a World Music vocal group.
“...the singer's voices are pure and clear, and the songs are of a folk tradition that sounds fresh and new to American ears.”
- Guy Van Duser, Rounder Records
“Stämbandet moved in sparkling harmonies from soft to loud, brightly busy to darkly elegiac.”
- Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe