womex showcase Sevilla: 2007
Babel Med showcase Marseille: 2014
SVÄNG has clearly set new standards when it comes to concerted music on the harmonica - both in terms of repertoire as well as technique. With a sophisticated yet entertaining pro-gram of own compositions these harmonica visionaries convince both audience and professional circles around the globe of the unlimited capabilities of this undervalued tiny instrument.
„This brilliant foursome – the harmonica equivalent of the Kronos Quartet – has everything a band needs: awesome playing, a vivid musical imagination, a great gift for entertainment and a deep passion for music. (…) Sväng will take you to musical places you never dreamt existed.“ (songlines)
“A Finnish harmonica quartet! They might sound like a novelty act, but Sväng are writing and playing music that's surprisingly strong on melancholy and pathos. Of course, there's also a great sense of humour and enjoyment in the extraordinary sounds that they bring out of an undervalued instrument - although the word harmonica rather undersells the large bass instrument and chromatic models they've developed. They also write some pretty catchy tunes. Like most of the musicians on the inventive Finnish folk scene, the four members of Svang - Jouko Kyhala, Eero Grundstrom, Pasi Leino and Eero Turkka - have come out of Helsinki's Sibelius Academy. It's probably safe to say they're the world's leading mouth-organ ensemble.” (London Evening Standard)
Latest CD: KARJA-LA (May 2014) - top of the world by songlines magazine