The Swedish quintet Jaerv and Minnesota-based string duo The OK Factor are touring the U.S. with their program, Traditions.
The two will collaborate in residence for the Visiting Art Series at Quad City Arts in Rock Island, IL between January 22 and 26, 2024. Following their joint Swedish tour in the summer of 2021 and their inaugural U.S. tour in the fall of 2022, the bands are excited to continue to share the music and camaraderie that grew from these cultural exchanges.

In 2017, the bands’ musical worlds collided after Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist of the new-classical crossover duo The OK Factor, opened for Jaerv at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. There was an immediate connection between them, grounded in a mutual love and respect for one another's talent, rhythmic intricacies, inspiring melodic ornamentation, fascinating instrumentation, and - yes, musical traditions. After shared performances and the study of traditional Swedish and American music throughout their tour of Sweden, a natural and organic partnership has developed between The OK Factor and Jaerv that is felt, seen, and heard by their audiences, both in Sweden and in the U.S.
Here’s another opportunity to enjoy the bands in Illinois. For more info, see Find out more about the Rock Island, IL January 2024 visit at