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Swedish singer and songwriter Sofia Talvik will be spending the week in the Sacramento area. Talvik’s string of live performances began Tuesday night with a performance at the Coffee Garden in Curtis Park and will continue Friday with a stop at KDVS radio in Davis and another at ZuhG Life Store for a concert Friday night.
"What defines you as an artist is that you never give up."
This piece of advice was given to Talvik by her father, and she has clearly taken it fully to heart.
Achieving success as an artist signifies a life of constantly working to be seen, heard and hopefully remembered. For many, this is a lifelong effort. It takes energy and courage to step out of your shell and into a new world. For Talvik, a native of Sweden and self-taught guitarist, stepping out into a new world is nothing more than her personal way of life.
Her current U.S. tour, approximately two years in length and scheduled to last until next September, is not her first American can tour but her fourth or fifth, her first based around a performance at Lollapalooza in 2008. Talvik has performed at South by Southwest (SXSW) twice, and hopes for a third stop this year.
She has released five albums, the latest of which is titled, "The Owls Are Not What They Seem.” The album was released in January of this year. Talvik has almost exclusively produced her own records, in 2006 starting her own record label, Makaki Music.
Talvik began her Drivin’ and Dreaming tour by purchasing an RV in Florida. She and her husband have now put on more than 19,000 miles and she has played in 34 states in the last ten months, living out of an RV, mind you.
Now that the touring RV has reached California, they plan to stay for the winter, hoping to keep warm, though I can’t help but think that almost anywhere in the U.S. is warmer than Gothenburg, Sweden.
For the small group of people at the Coffee Garden Tuesday night, a night with Talvik was soothing relief after a workday. She sang from any number of her albums - all her own creations, of course - with cute little compulsive segues between each and every song. For more than an hour the plant-filled cafe courtyard was filled with smooth, pure folk with a delicate touch of pop. Notable tunes included “The War” and “If I Had a Man.”
Talvik will be on KDVS 90.3 FM on Friday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon. Following her live session she will travel back to Sacramento to the ZuhG Life Store, where she is scheduled to perform at 6 p.m.