Kv.Arken (Kvarteret Arken) is a trio from Malmö in southern Sweden that was founded in 2017. The Swedish word Kv. is short for ”kvarteret” which means a bloc and "Arken" means  the arc, and it is also the name of the neighborhood where they live and move about in Malmö, Sweden.

Their debut at the Swedish Klezmer Queens festival in Gothenburg and Stockholm was extremely well recieved.  

All three continously write and arrange their own music in many different projects and together they fill their arc with original tunes as well as traditional klezmer thouroughly arranged to fit their setting. They have a gusto for the melancholic, the dreamy, the intimate but can also play slap-bang to dance.


Annika Jessen (clarinet) has played the clarinet for 40 years and klezmer on and off for the last 20. She is the front figure in Swedish klezmer band Tummel who has released several critically acclaimed albums.

Elina Nygren (viola) is a steady member of the string quartet  Vindla, the experimental pop band Cure-a-phobia and the music collective Subchamber Ensmble.

Anna Thorstensson (cello) plays everything from baroque to rock and is a diligently  touring musician with Louisa Lyne & di Jiddishe Kapelye, the Giovanni Quartet, the duo Panacotta and quartet Sixteen Strings.