Frida Selander - Stockholm, Sweden Austin, TX - Extended Residency


Frida Selander is a Swedish singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer. She’s known for her stage presence and her voice. She has released 10 albums, most recently I Hear Sunshine (2015) and När du går på känsla är du alltid i tid (2018), which both were critically acclaimed by the Swedish press. Her live shows are a mix of music and storytelling, and she works with scenographies, light and objects.


She has also composed experimental music for theater, puppet theater and art exhibitions. She was the guitarist in David Sandström Overdrive. It’s been said that Frida Selander is like a combination of Nina Simone, Patti Smith and Jeff Buckley, but with her own strong and undeniable expression.



In this TEDxUmea​ performance from 2016, Frida sings and explains songs in English:


I wonder if I can conjure up a rainbow? I'm 10, 63 and 34 years old at the same time, I'm an animal in jeans, I'm curious. I sing. The voice is a ray of clarity, a quivering shard, a deep channel, a vibrating horn. I play guitar, and I narrate. About things that have caught my eye. A square moon, a wonderful breath, a map in the sky, graffiti in the dirt, a spot of now, double sunrises. "Do not believe a word of what I say, everything is true," as Märta Tikkannen said.


She is a Swedish singer-songwriter and artist. Her latest album, the critically acclaimed I Hear Sunshine, was met with great success. Jan Gradvall wrote in the financial newspaper Dagens Industri: "The result is a first class rock album with compositions that other artists would die for. Someone should play “Jesus as a Girl” for Mick Jagger." Selander has received the Guldäpplet (Golden Apple) award and Populärkulturstipendiet (Popular Culture Stipend), appeared on radio and TV, and has performed at every little spot in Sweden. She has also done commissioned work, including music for Västerbottensteatern’s "Sarah, Sarah, Sarah!" Dockteater Månstjärnan’s (Puppet Theater Moon Star) "Monster-Konster" and the Museum of Women’s History exhibition "A Clamouring Silence.”


This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Kristian Anttila - Gothenberg, Sweden Austin, TX - Extended Residency


Recent years we have seen Kristian Anttila explore the extremes of geography. With a strong will to come closer to his audience he visits small Swedish cities above the polarcircle as often as he plays Stockholm and Gothenburg. He can be heard in small clubs in Hong Kong, Brazil and China where you’d last expect to see him. The concept is simple – a guitar, a voice and a collection of contemporary Swedish pop-classics. The stripped concerts show a new side of Anttila. More free and storytelling.


Winter 2016 Kristian released his seventh album “Rum 4 Avd. 81” that soon became his most critically acclaimed and considered his best so far. The tour for the album has now reached over 300 shows and he was soon after chosen to compose for Volvo’s worldwide commercial and got the Ingmar Bergman-prize in 2018.


Kristian Anttila made his debut in 2003 and has since released 7 albums through Universal Music as well as his own record label. He has had twenty singles on rotation on national radio (Sveriges Radio) and made over 800 gigs spread all over the world as well as collaborated with national heroes such as Sylvia Vrethammar, Olle Ljungström and El Perro Del Mar.





Springdale Culture Festival - Springdale, AR

Photo by AEnimate Media


On November 2nd, The House of Songs, Jones Center, and Tyson Foods  held the Inaugural Springdale Cultural Festival, featuring Music, Art, Dance and Food from the South Asian, Marshellese, and Latin communities. 

The Jones Center halls filled with laughter and joy as these communities collaborated together, some for the first time. Lasting friendships and connections were made possible by this event and we couldn't be more grateful for the one who made it possible. 


Photo by AEnimate Media


Thank you to our Performers: Voces Divinas-Julieta & Azucena Chinelos Morelenses Unidos en Arkansas Dhirana Academy of Classical Dance Sam Lopez LatinX Theatre Project Marshallese Dancers from: -The Nutrition & Zumba Club -We are Islander Pacific Arts  Mark Harmony

Our Emcee's: Melisa Laelan (Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese) Al Lopez (Papa Rap)

Our Sponsors and Partners: Marshallese Educational Initiative, Teen Action & Support Center (TASC), Trike Theatre, Amazeum, TheatreSquared, LatinX Theatre Project, Springdale Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Springdale, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, University of Arkansas, Haas Hall Academy, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, Camp War EagleFirst Security Bank, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese and Ra-Ve Cultural Foundation


Nadia Larcher in Concert 


One of the most captivating folkloric artists of our time, Argentine vocalist and composer Nadia Larcher is at the forefront of the new folk music scene in Buenos Aires. Melding tradition with the modern, she has performed numerous concerts throughout South America as a soloist and with her ensembles, Seraarrebol, Proyecto Pato and Don Olimpio. She has also shared the stage with such leading artists as Juan Falú, Liliana Herrero, Juan Quintero, Aca Seca Trío, Carlos Aguirre, among others. 

It was a pleasure to present Nadia and Ensamble Iberica at Sundance Square Pavilion in Fort Worth, TX, at The University of Arkansas Music in Fayetteville, AR, and at The Blake St. House in Bentonville, AR. 


The House of Songs Songwriter Showcase - Springdale, AR

On October 19th, Arkansas Songwriters Jade Mears, Will Saylor, Skye Pollard and Buddy Shute performed incredible original works to a full house of guests at Midtown Associates in Springdale, AR. Thank you to the Midtown Associates team and Jeff Collins for hosting these events and putting so much into our communities in NWA.

Remember to keep up with our Calendar at for our next Songwriter Showcase in the Ozarks.

House of Songs x Tacodeli Songwriter Sessions - October


Thank you #Austin for a great evening at Tacodeli showcasing a handful of our latest artists in the #atxp2p program. It was an honor to featuring Akina AdderleyBonnie Montgomery MusicBarbara Nesbitt and James Steinle at our Songwriter Sessions. We were floored by an added surprise performance by one future hit maker Jack Barksdale, aged 12. Keep writing original songs and compositions, Jack!


Thanks as always to our incredible partner in the series, Tacodeli, and our supporters Tito's Vodka DistilleryAustin BeerworksRamblerNatalie George ProductionsCerwin Vega! and Gibson Austin Showroom.