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Midwinter Folk Festival

Midwinter Folk Music Festival Feb 17 & 18

A winter Saturday 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.

Click here to register for the festival kick-off concert – Feb 17

Click here to register for the festival – Feb 18

Festival Schedule

Beyond the Notes; Pronunciation of our Swedish Musical Language

In Swedish language classes here at the ASI, we work to develop our Swedish dialect. This is as true in Swedish folkmusik as it is in speech.

There is a way to express these melodies so they sound Swedish–that the melodies move in a way that make folks want to dance. Playing in such a way takes time and thought as this element of the music cannot be written down and is only learned thru listening–by ear.

This workshop will be in two sessions:

Workshop 1 at 10 am

Discussion and demonstration of the various rhythms, (ie. vals, schottis,polska and gånglåt or walking tune.) We will then practice particular bowing patterns and energy useful in developing our dialect in each of these rhythms.

Workshop 2 at 11 am

Application of rhythm and patterns to the sample tunes provided on the registration site.

All are welcome, including recording device! Any age and/or level of ability will find usable tools to help develop your Swedish folkmusik vocabulary.

Favorites of Swedish Song with Ross Sutter and Elise Peters

For the past two years Minnesota singers, Elise Peters and Ross Sutter, have been hosting a series of Zoom workshops with master singers from Sweden. In this workshop they will teach some of their favorite songs they’ve learned in those Masters of Swedish Song workshops.

Virtual Nyckelharpa Workshop with Amy Håkanson

Workshop Description TBA

Amy Hakanson was first introduced to Swedish folk music and the nyckelharpa in 2008, when Väsen first performed at the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Seattle. Her interest in Scandinavian music continued to grow, and in 2014 she purchased her first nyckelharpa.

Later that same year, Amy was accepted to the year-long course at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo, Sweden, where she studied traditional Swedish nyckelharpa with Olov Johansson (Väsen), Ditte Andersson, Sonia Sahlström, Mia Marine, and Niklas Roswall.

In addition to the nyckelharpa, Amy plays the fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, cello, and is trained in classical violin. She has a bachelor’s degree in ethnomusicology from Portland State University and grew up immersed in American roots music, playing bluegrass fiddle with her family band. She is interested in exploring ways to incorporate her varied musical background, education, and interests with traditional Scandinavian folk music.

Amy performs regularly with her Nordic fusion band Varelse in addition to playing solo for Scandinavian events, teaching workshops, writing and performing string arrangements for studio recordings, and gigging with local bands in Portland.

Visit this link to register for the virtual event.

Beyond the Notes; Pronunciation of our Swedish Musical Language

In Swedish language classes here at the ASI, we work to develop our Swedish dialect. This is as true in Swedish folkmusik as it is in speech.

There is a way to express these melodies so they sound Swedish–that the melodies move in a way that make folks want to dance. Playing in such a way takes time and thought as this element of the music cannot be written down and is only learned thru listening–by ear.

This workshop will be in two sessions:

Workshop 1 at 10 am

Discussion and demonstration of the various rhythms, (ie. vals, schottis,polska and gånglåt or walking tune.) We will then practice particular bowing patterns and energy useful in developing our dialect in each of these rhythms.

Workshop 2 at 11 am

Application of rhythm and patterns to the sample tunes provided on the registration site.

All are welcome, including recording device! Any age and/or level of ability will find usable tools to help develop your Swedish folkmusik vocabulary.

Youth Fiddle Workshop with Ingela Haaland

Bring a tune to share and we’ll jam together!

Join ASI Instructor Ingela Eilert Haaland and members of Lilla Spelmanslag (ASI’s youth folk music group) as they give a presentation about the folk music-focused trip they took to Sweden in July of 2022. They will discuss and perform traditional folk music from the Dalarna, Småland, and Skåne provinces of Sweden.

Marya Hart’s Nyckelharpa Orchestral Piece

Nyckelharpa is a traditional instrument originally used in particular Swedish social situations and dance settings. What can we do with the instrument’s peculiarities and beauties in the 21st century? Composer Marya Hart has created a set of pieces for contemporary players, making use of folk forms and moving through them into concert repertoire. Minneapolis nyckelharpist Cheryl Paschke performs, with the composer at the keyboard. The performance will be followed by an audience Q&A, where player and composer will discuss the process of commissioning and creating this work.

Marya Hart is a composer, pianist and music director living in Minneapolis. Her compositions—primarily vocal and theatrical—have appeared on stages in US, Canada, and Guam. Recent works include commissions from the University of

Calgary, Voices of Hope, and Springboard for the Arts. For many years she has accompanied Ross Sutter and Cheryl Paschke in The Swedish Trio.

Cheryl Paschke started playing nyckelharpa as an adult, having first encountered the instrument in Sweden at a Midsommar celebration. She has studied locally and abroad, is an active performer in several Twin Cities-based groups, including Tjärnblom, Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag, The Swedish Trio, and Finn Hall. She performed in the VocalEssence premier of “Nordic Christmas” by Kim André Arnesen and as soloist with the East Metro Symphony Orchestra. Cheryl plays traditional music on a Swedish (3-row) nyckelharpa and classical music on a Continental (4-row) nyckelharpa.

Guitar workshop with Patrik Ahlberg

Description TBD.

Patrik Ahlberg is a multi-instrumentalist from Sweden based in Chicago. He regularly plays and performs music of both the United States and Sweden. His current projects include duets of contemporary tunes and arrangements with Nashville fiddler George Jackson, a duo with Norwegian hardanger fiddler Vidar Skrede, and a solo exploration of Swedish fiddle tunes on the classical guitar.

Nordic Nyckelharpa Jam Tunes with Alyssa Rodriquez

Alyssa will teach some fun nyckelharpa jam tunes from Finland and Sweden that she learned at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland during her Fulbright grant.

Alyssa is one of the finest American players of the nyckelharpa, Sweden’s national instrument, and has studied nyckelharpa at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and with several riksspellmän (master Swedish folk musicians) including Olov Johansson and Emilia Amper. She has appeared in Nordstjernan magazine and Nyckelharpan in Sweden, and is working on a full length nyckelharpa album of traditional and newly composed music.

Nickelharpa
Spelmanslag