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Dec 1st 2016 @ The Back Room

Berkeley, CA
I Was There
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
8:00 PM
The Back Room
1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Marin/Marin is made up of two of Sweden's finest traditional violin players, and the result is a totally unique duo. They are both supremely talented and imaginative musicians and are uncommonly responsive musical partners. This interweaving magic shines in their improvisations and arrangements of traditional tunes, Baroque and original compositions. Mikael Marin's creative sound world put together with Mia Marin's beautiful touch equals musical fireworks without parallel. 
Their album  Småfolket was nominated for the prestigious Manifest Award in 2011. Skuggspel was released in the summer of 2013, and was immediately a favorite with the media. All have received the quality sign "Lira likes" in the earlier mentioned magazine. Their fantastic new album Tiden was just released in June 2016.
They are master fiddlers - Mikael also plays in the super trio Väsen, and Mia moonlights with NID and MP3.  They are inspired teachers, regularly working at music colleges, schools and workshops in Sweden and around the world.  Mikael also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and he just received the prestigious Viksta Lasse Stipend Award for 2016. Mia leads violin workshops at all skill levels and teaches at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Uppland and Malungs Folkhögskola.
Their unique instruments give them a larger range than the traditional way of playing on two fiddles. Mia plays a five string violin and Mikael plays a matching five string viola, both made by Per Klinga of Mora. 
This will be their fourth tour of the USA and they were honored to be the featured cover story in the Spring issue of Fiddler magazine.