Ars Ultima have been working with different music- and performance projects since 1993. It started with Ginnungagap, a dance- and percussion performance in viking scenery, freely adapted from Voluspa, Sæmunds Edda.
Since 1995 the emphacy has been on early music and in 1999 the electronica group Au emerged.
Ars Ultima plays medieval dance music, pigrim songs, church music and party music.
Ars Ultima also gives work shops in music- and instrumental history.
The core of Ars Ultima consists of :
Vocals, shawm, recorders and flutes, crumhorn
and some percussion
Hurdy gurdy, bagpipe, zarb, daf, baglama, and percussion
Tambourine and drum
"...And Ars Ultima holds up well in the competition. I especially appreciate the way they handle the percussion, but vocals, recorders, and strings sound good aswell. You can hear that they've played tigethet for nearly ten years before recording their first album. I would really like to hear them live."
Ulf Torstensson, Lira, SE
"Ars Ultima certainly have won my ear through this CD, on which the duo plays freely with the instrumentation and the expressions of an old tradition, which is very much alive..... Anna Sandberg and Mr. Tängman show a liberating independence when it comes to the purist factor. They play because it's fun, and not as if they were museum artifacts. They don't sound all that different from the purists, but you can tell they feel free and at ease in their musical roles, letting the songs and the melodies and the rhythms pour freely out of their hearts....
I can hardly stay at the computer for lust for dancing!....
This is the magic, this is the joy, this is the adventure!"
Sono Loco, SE
"Ars Ultima has a raw and unpolished sound which fits the tradtional tunes very well. It is surprising that only two musicians (!!) can create the sounds and songs you hear on this album. You would expect at least three of four musicians.
The interpretation of the European folk and medieval tunes on Den Yttersta Konsten have a rich sound and the recordings have an authentical and natural feeling.
This album is recommended to all fans of traditional European music who dream of times long past."
Martijn Gessel, Funprox, NE
"---I appreciate Ars Ultima's attitude towards the medieval music. I couldn't care less if it's historically correct, but do listen to the musical excavations of Ars Ultima!"
Thore Rösnes, Stockholms fria tidning, SE