“Fränder is a unique band with a style all their own. If you are a fan of acoustic music and traditional sounds with a modern twist, you owe it to yourself to catch Fränder in action.”
Bryan Williston – spillmagazine
“They convey their music with a tremendous joy of playing, a powerful energy and, of course, enviable instrumental skills. They captivate their audience.”
Ando Kiviberg, founder of Viljandi Folk Festival and governor of Viljandi county
“These four musicians compose with happiness and shares their joy of life with a bouquet full of harmonies and beautiful voices.”
Marc Bauduin – Le Canard Folk
“What really excites me is the multitude of melodies, in which all instruments are perfectly matched, and then this feel of time without drums – simply ingenious.”
Sophia Brandt – silence-magazin.de
“Complex arrangements are performed with extensive musical skills, and especially beautiful are the vocal harmonies due to both lovely voices and an exquisite performance.”
Nils Thorlund – rootszone.dk
“A constantly present melancholic touch alongside with an euphoric intensity gives a dynamic range few band can compete with.”
Andreas Jakobsson – ergo.nu
FRÄNDER is an old Swedish word referring to both family and kindred as well as fellow humans.
Founded in 2015, Fränder is effectively a family band from Uppsala, Sweden. Specifically, the Dluzewska family: siblings Natasja Dluzewska (principal vocals, fiddle), Gabbi Dluzewski (Swedish bosoki, mandolin, vocals), and Daniel Dluzewski (double bass, vocals), joined by flautist/vocalist Säde Tatar.
The band arose out of a lifelong ambition shared by the three siblings to make music together, which was finally realised when they joined forces with Säde and discovered that traditionally-based contemporary Swedish folk music could be combined Estonian traditional music (where Säde has her roots). The process of mutual discovery and collaboration, cemented by and developed through world touring (Europe, Japan and North America) , resulted in the recording of their first full-length album released in 2017.
FATEA Records Magazine describes the band and their first album as follows: “Fränder have everything going for them, for the combined band sound is both light-textured and dynamic and rhythmically sprung, and the vocal harmonies are both expert and eerily exquisite, with an enviable clarity of textures and good diction. All the band’s vocal work is sturdy, though, within a broad dynamic range and attack.”