Nordvis signs Swedish folk music virtuoso Thomas von Wachenfeldt

Apr 28 2023

Thomas von Wachenfeldt signs with Nordvis

We are thrilled to announce that Nordvis has formed a partnership with the Swedish folk music virtuoso Thomas von Wachenfeldt. This marks the beginning of an exciting collaboration for years to come, producing new music as well as uncovering hidden gems from his back catalogue.

Thomas von Wachenfeldt is an accomplished Swedish musician, lecturer, and researcher whose career spans over three decades. With a degree in Instrumental and Ensemble Pedagogy and a PhD in Music Education, Thomas has dedicated his career to studying the type of learning that occurs outside of educational institutions, with a focus on Swedish folk music and extreme metal.

Thomas is perhaps best known for his 2010 solo-violin album, “Malleus Clericum – Hinslåtar, näckvalser och häxdanser”, which pays homage to the traditional folk music of Medelpad and Hälsingland. His emotive and personal interpretation of the notoriously difficult-to-play folk tunes, which makes them sound almost effortless, has garnered widespread recognition. Recently, he has expanded his musical expression with “Mythos of the Forefathers” – a music series inspired by Swedish author Viktor Rydberg's eponymous book.

Thomas began his music career in the early 1990s as a member of the metal band De Tveksamma before shifting his focus to Swedish folk music. He studied classical violin and composition at Musikhögskolan Ingesund, eventually becoming a nationally recognised fiddler and touring artist who has performed and lectured throughout Sweden, England, France, the USA, Finland, and Iceland.

Thomas is also active with his death metal bands Wachenfeldt and Wombbath. He has collaborated with a number of notable acts – such as Entombed, for whom he arranged “Clandestine” for a symphony orchestra. Other artists he has worked with include Grave, Hulkoff, and Ereb Altor.

In addition to his musical accomplishments, Thomas is currently a lecturer and researcher in Sound and Music Production at Högskolan Dalarna and Uppsala University. He has also conducted workshops and courses on folk music worldwide, sharing his passion and expertise in the subject.

Thomas commented:

It feels truly exciting to collaborate with Nordvis. My path into traditional folk music began with 1990s black metal bands like Satyricon and Dissection, and then expanded to modern folk groups such as Garmarna and Folk & Rackare. As a result, I now see an opportunity to introduce Swedish folk music to new listeners outside of its usual environment and hopefully lure them into a wondrous world of magical melodies, peculiar characters, and captivating stories. I am confident that Nordvis is the perfect partner for this!

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