Symbio draws the listener in with their intoxicating combination of vast audio landscapes and earthy grooves, driven by a deliciously unexpected combination of hurdy-gurdy and accordion.

The duo creates a playful dialogue full of joyful energy, subtleties and virtuosity, where two becomes more than the sum of its parts. This is musical storytelling at its finest, told by heartfelt storytellers through soaring melodies, rich soundscapes, irresistible grooves and finely tuned musical communication.

Johannes Geworkian-Hellman: Hurdy-Gurdy
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LarsEmil Öjeberget: Accordion, Kickbox

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The interaction of Johannes Geworkian Hellman and LarsEmil Öjeberget left nothing to be desired. You get the impression that the the two of them complement one another perfectly and simply had to find each other.

-Rolf Graff, Mindener Tageblatt (DE)

The young Swedish duo Symbio is a true phenomenon on stage. Every show is an experience due to the musical telepathy between these musicians and their catching stories. From the first song the listener is lifted from their daily boring routine and is taken away to a new, more hopefull universe

-Elda Dorren, De Doelen Concert Hall Rotterdam (NL)

“I have a feeling that Johannes Geworkian Hellman and LarsEmil Öjeberget were destined to make music together, regardless of what instruments they might have played.”

Fiona Talkington – Songlines Magazine (UK)


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During November we had some really nice concerts. Here´s a memory from one of them. Recorded at Pipeline in Sundsvall. ... See MoreSee Less

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Symbio (SE) @folkelarm #folkelarm #folkelarm2018 #showcase #nordicfolk #symbio
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This weekend we have the honor to be invited to play at the Nordic Showcase FOLKELARM in Oslo, Riksscenen.
During the weekend a lot of nice bands and artists from the Nordic Folk scene will be playing and we are happy to be a part of this line-up.

We play three concerts during the weekend. Welcome!

Friday: "Folk:LAB" 20:40pm - Concert & interview with Norwegian National Radio.

Friday; "Intimscenen" 23.00pm - Concert/showcase

Saturday: "Taket" 21:50pm - Concert/showcase
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We just recieved a review with some very nice and heartwarming words about us and our new album "Rising"! Thank you very much Elda Dorren from De Doelen (NL)! 🙂

"The young Swedish duo Symbio is a true phenomenon on stage. In their energic performances hurdy-gurdy player Johannes Geworkian Hellman and accordionist LarsEmil Öjeberget are mixing film music, techno, Scandinavian folk and a big blues vibe easily. Every show is an experience due to the musical telepathy between these musicians and their catching stories.

The first cd 'Phoresy' (released 2016) was already a fine record, but with the succesor 'Rising' this duo presents an even more grown-up sound. The new album has a bit more up beat songs and Celctic influences, but it is still atmospheric as the first cd. All the musical landscapes which are passing by while listening to the record, create the perfect soundtrack of a road movie.

The title 'Rising' is a reference to their ambition and their musical 'coming of age', which is well chosen for their new music. It recalls images of a phoenix, rising from the ashes: from the first song the listener is lifted from their daily boring routine and is taken away to a new, more hopefull universe."
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Thanks for a lovely review of our concert at Kulturzentrum BÜZ some weeks ago! We are so happy for these beautiful words from the Minden Daily News Paper. This was our first concert in Germany and we really enjoyed it! We will get back in March 2019! <3

"The interaction of Johannes Geworkian Hellman and Lars Emil Öjeberget left nothing to be desired. Johannes Geworkian Hellman has taken this instrument, also known as the hurdy-gurdy, to a whole new level of music, creating sounds never heard before... Hellman plays the hurdy-gurdy with an attitude of a rock guitarrist. The interaction with the equally virtuoso accordion player Lars Emil Öjeberget, who amazes with great independence between left and right hand, is on a rare high level...You get the impression that the they complement one another perfectly and simply had to find each other.

The audience, despite the warm autumn weather well-attended event was completely thrilled by this brilliant start of the concert series."
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Spreading joy and madness to all the passengers on the train! On our way to Sundsvall (SE) and tonights concert at Pipeline and Folkforum konsert - Symbio! The concert is open for everyone and the entrance is free! Will be great to play! Welcome! 🙂

#morningmood #Symbio #Pleasegetoffthetrainwillyou!
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During the last days we have been at the Worldmusic Expo WOMEX on the Canary Islands! It has been a very interesting and good experience. We met old friends and made new friends while promoting our music to the world! We want to thank everyone who contributed and supported us during these days, especially our colleagues from the Nordic Folk scene. Now let’s fly back home to good old Sweden... Rumours says that it is snowing?!😌😌#symbio #womex2018 ... See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Concerts

21 Dec 2018 Rotterdam, NL — De Doelen
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26 Jan 2019 Isle of Wight, UK — Quay Arts Center
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31 Jan 2019 Glasgow, SC — Celtic Connections
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01 Feb 2019 Reeth, UK — Reeth Memorial Hall
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03 Feb 2019 Chillesford, Suffolk ( UK ) — Folk at the Froize
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04 Feb 2019 Camden-London, UK — Green Note
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02 Mar 2019 Heuvelland, BE — Dranouter Muziekcentrum
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05 Mar 2019 Pforzheim, DE — Folkclub Prisma
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06 Mar 2019 Nürnberg, DE — Tafelhalle
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07 Mar 2019 Berlin, DE — Hangar 49
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