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Midwinter Folk Festival

Sat, March 5 & Sun, March 6, 2022

A winter weekend full of concerts, workshops, dance and drop-in musical opportunities, Midwinter Folk Festival uplifts the art of folk music – both new and old. There are music-learning opportunities for children and adults, and the weekend culminates in a group play-along finale. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about a nyckelharpa or a spelmanslag, this is your chance.

Attend in person, or tune-in from afar with virtual workshops led by Swedish instructors Jeanett & Peter Rousu (youth strings), Emma Härdelin (song), and NJ-based Bronwyn Bird (nyckelharpa).

Registration opens December 17 (ASI members), December 20 (general public)

Tickets:
Full Weekend All-Access Pass – $75
Single Day (Saturday) All-Access Pass – $40
Single Day (Sunday) All-Access Pass – $40
Virtual-only – $25

Click here to register

Special Guest Oskar Stenmark

This year’s special guest is trumpet, cornet & flugelhorn player, recording artist, composer/arranger and educator Oskar Stenmark. Born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, has performed with stars such as David Byrne, Chris Potter and multiple GRAMMY award winner Maria Schneider Orchestra.

Saturday Schedule

This is a virtual/hybrid program.

Come and learn a fun Uppland tune, harmony, and back up parts!  Bronwyn Bird will share a joyful tune learned during her time at the Eric Sahlstrom Institute in Sweden, and teach participants how to create a full band experience out of it.  In addition to adding a new tune to your repertoire, learn how to take a tune and “play” with it, creating intros, outros, interludes and more.  Open to all instrumentalists.  This workshop will be taught primarily by ear, however sheet music may be made accessible to those that wish for it.

 

Bronwyn Bird studied nyckelharpa at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.  She now runs the Birdhouse Center for the Arts in Lambertville NJ, where she loves sharing her passion for creating community through music with people of all ages and abilities.

This an in-person event.

Trumpet, cornet & flugelhorn player, recording artist, composer/arranger and educator. Oskar Stenmark is born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has performed with stars such as David Byrne, Chris Potter and multiple GRAMMY award winner Maria Schneider Orchestra. Oskar, tenth generation musician, has a Master’s degree in Jazz Arts from the Manhattan School of Music and continues to develop his playing and artistic vision while being based in New York and Sweden. Oskar is involved in several bands, including Brass Against, Fleur Seule and Seth Weaver Big Band.

This is an in-person event

This is an in-person event.

Paul Dahlin will lead a session exploring some of the history of fiddling “spelmans musik” in Sweden and here in America, focusing on our approach to best bring this rich traditional music to life.

All ages are welcome, with or without an instrument.  Please bring a recording device for tunes to be shared.

This is an in-person event.

Ross Sutter’s great grandfather played the one-string psalmodikon in Dalarna, Sweden, leading songs in church and using it in his classroom as he taught music in the local school. One hundred years later Ross developed a kit for a one-string dulcimer—an instrument closely related to the psalmodikon and even more closely related to the Swedish hummel and the Norwegian langeleik—and over the past twenty years has built over twenty thousand of these simple to play instruments across the U.S. and in Sweden and Norway. In this workshop participants will learn to play simple tunes on this instrument and for a modest price can even take home an instrument to continue playing.

This is an in-person event.

Gather in the Turnblad Mansion to meet other musicians and play common tunes together or just have fun improvising!

Sunday Schedule

This is a virtual/hybrid program.

In this hybrid workshop for youth string instrumentalists and youth guitarists (ages 9-18)  Peter and Jeanett Rousu, folk musicians in Dalarna, Sweden, will teach us tunes from their home in Dalarna, Sweden.  Guitars will have a chance to break away to learn accompaniment from guitarist Peter Rousu.  Jeanett will focus on teaching melody/harmony to the strings.   All youth are welcome.  Members of ASI’s Lilla Spelmanslag are particularly encouraged to participate, as these tunes will be played when they go on tour to Dalarna in 2022.

This is a virtual/hybrid program.

Emma Härdelin belongs to the fourth generation of professional folk musicians in the Härdelin family. For the past 27 years, she has made a name for herself on the folk and world music scene as a front singer in the groups Garmarna and Triakel and can also be heard in the bands Stringsisters, Bölja / Härdelin and Breda gatan. Though millions of people around the world have enjoyed her singing Emma still loves to teach traditional Swedish songs to small groups of people. Participants will learn a few songs from Emma and received lyrics and music files following the workshop so they can continue to sing the songs.

This is an in-person event.

Oskar shares his experience in preserving tradition while pushing boundaries to bring music and art from the past to present. The workshop explores techniques and ideas from Oskar’s career as an artist in Sweden and New York City.

This is an in-person event.

Art’s ancestors played for dances all over North Dakota and Ross’s focused more on church music in Sweden and Minnesota. In this hour-long show Ross and Art will play Swedish and Norwegian songs and tunes that they learned from their families and that they have collected in their travels around the U.S. and in Scandinavia.

This is an in-person event.

At the end of the day we invite you to bring your instruments (or voice) to play a few popular tunes together to celebrate the tradition of folk music.

This is an in-person event.

Gather in the Turnblad Mansion to meet other musicians and play common tunes together or just have fun improvising!

Nickelharpa
Spelmanslag