The Newlands Co-op


The Newlands Co-op
plays acoustic music from Norway and Finland brought to these new lands by one immigrant or another.

Vidar Skrede (from Haugesund, Norway) is a freelance Nordic folk musician on guitar, harding fiddle, fiddle and Greek bouzouki. He has a background in the traditional music from Rogaland (South West of Norway), and has a master degree in Nordic folk music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. Vidar is a leading musician on the Nordic folk music scene and a popular tune writer and now resides in Chicago.

Sara Pajunen is a Minneapolis-based violinist, composer, and creator who has been described as an ‘amazingly versatile musician who now counts among the most ambitious and notable practitioners of Finnish folk music outside Finland. Pajunen holds classical music degrees from both the United States and Finland, and her work has received funding from Jerome Foundation, MN State Arts Board, and Koneen Säätiö. She was the 2015-16 Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year.

Website: www.thenewlandscoop.com