VASEN has been called "one of the best bands in the world...full and powerful!" by about.com VASEN's music is sometimes described as "Celtic music from Sweden" but this doesn't begin to do their music justice. Utne Reader says VASEN treads " an enchanted territory between classical, folk, and pop". Featuring the nykelharpa, a keyed violin with resonant strings with a sound like no other instrument, Vasen also includes 5-string viola and 6 and twelve-string guitar (30 strings in all!). This helps give Vasen's music a dizzying intricacy and complexity or a haunting, simple beauty. Mixing lively polskas and other dance tunes with lyric slow tunes, their concerts are "at turns entrancing, enchanting, uplifting, lilting, lovely and just plain fun"(Minneapolis Star Tribune). Their commentary in between tunes features a peculiarly Swedish humor that will have you laughing in between sets as Vasen is also one of the funniest bands in the world. Once you hear them you will never stop listening!