Scandinavian instrumental, singing and dance workshops, featuring top level musicians from Denmark, Sweden and Norway will take place on June 12, 2015 in and around Nisswa, Mn. You must sign up in advance for these. These workshops are offered in conjunction with Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folkmusic Festival, June 12, 13, 2015. Sessions are 1-3/4 hours long. The first one starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. The second one starts at 1:15 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. For many of the locations a 'spelmans' lunch is offered at 11:45 am. Cost for the sessions is $20 each. All locations are close enough together so it is possible to drive between them over lunchtime. All workshops are generally taught by ear and participants are encouraged to bring recording devices. The 'spelmans lunch' starts at 11:45 a.m., and consists of cold cuts, vegies, fruit, etc and costs an extra $5. (note - no lunch is provided at the dance workshops...but, you can buy lunch right at the Nisswa Legion and/or downtown Nisswa is close with several restaurants available) After you signup you will receive more information about your workshop, including a detailed map for getting there.
TO SIGN UP, PLEASE CONTACT JANET HILL - Janet Hill <firstname.lastname@example.org> or 218-259-4090.
It is always possible that we may have trouble filling all the workshops with students, so two things need to happen: 1) everyone who took a workshop last year needs to return. 2) more people need to sign up. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please pass the word along... think of any scheme you can to get the word out in your community! Thanks!
If your chosen workshop is not 'viable' in the end
because of a lack of sign-ups, you will either be asked to
pick a second choice... OR, you could perhaps negotiate a private
lesson with that teacher too. Janet will keep you informed.
Workshop locations - All of the workshops take place in the Nisswa area, mostly in the homes of generous volunteers. Give yourself plenty of drive time to find them :) Click on this link and scroll down to find links to all maps: WORKSHOP MAPS
refer to the grid below when planning your morning & afternoon sessions. Most of these workshops take place in private homes in the Nisswa area.
*** Remember...all workshops are generally taught by ear and participants are encouraged to bring recording devices***
Fiddling / Nyckelharpa / Kantele workshops
10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Swedish
with Josefina Paulson
. . . Nyckelharpa
players, all levels! The main focus on this workshop will be a
deeper understanding for the mechanism of the instrument, how to hold,
tune and relate to the nyckelharpa in order to get the sound quality
you are after in your playing. Josefina teaches with the perspective of
the instrument and the body as one unit, and one voice. This is also
applied on the tunes she teach, traditional repertoire mainly from
Västmanland and Uppland. Always with the dance groove in focus.
10 a.m. - 11:45
Fiddling with Jonas
from Västerdalarna. Västerdalarna has a rich and
vivid tradition of fiddle music… tunes of simple beauty, with a
special rythmic drive. We will learn tunes, study tonality,
rhythm, ornamentation and have a lot of fun doing
it. Jonas Åkerlund has been a professional musician for
over twenty years. He is well known for his deeply personal and
tradition based playing and is an experienced
teacher. Jonas is a sought after ensemble player, and besides
the violin he also plays swedish bagpipe and guitar. He will be playing
the violin in this workshop but any melody instrument is welcome.
1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. Finnish Fiddling with Antti Järvelä . . . Antti was born and raised in an area in western Finland where living traditions have been carried through several generations within the past couple centuries. He's learned the traditional fiddling style and repertoire directly from his grandfather Johannes Järvelä who was a master fiddler and one of the busiest wedding musicians locally in the past. At Antti's workshop we'll learn some common old Scandinavian melodies that deserve a new fresh treat. Antti pays lots of detail to the different grooves and slow learning curve which commonly helps to bring the thriving smiles to the students' faces. One of his greatest passions is bringing traditional music back to life by having good times with some of the greatest tunes. At present Antti works as a professional musician and teacher touring around the world.
1:15 p.m. - 3
p.m - Kantele
workshop with Diane
Jarvi .... Have
you ever thought that it might be fun to play a lap stringed
instrument? Now is your chance to try! Diane
ten 5 string kanteles she can loan out for this workshop. Diane
Jarvi has been playing kantele for almost thirty years and studied
kantele at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She was a member of Koivun
Kaiku, a kantele ensemble in the Twin Cities. She plays the
5,8,10,11,15 and 36-string version of the instrument. Diane has given
workshops in Canada and across the the U.S and received a year-long
grant to teach kantele to the Finnsh-American community in Cokato, MN.
Ensemble workshops are open to all instruments and cost $20 for each 2 hour session session. Besides learning some neat tunes.. you basically will be getting a private house concert from some great musicians :)
10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
- Western Norway tunes with Sindre Fotland
and Kristoffer Kleiveland ... This
ensemble workshop will feature traditional tunes from the western parts
of Norway, mostly from the county of Hordaland. It will be possible to
learn springar, halling, pols as well as “gammaldans” (reinlender,
polka, waltz). All tunes will be taught by ear and all instruments are
Kristoffer Kleiveland and Sindre Fotland are two of the most prominent buttonbox players in the Norwegian traditional folk music scene. Starting as “gammaldans” specialists they now have extensive knowledge of all the different types of tunes in traditional Norwegian folk music. They have both studied at the Ole Bull Academy and have also worked extensively with folk music teaching. Both as soloists and in numerous bands they have contributed to several CD’s and collaborated with different instrumentalists and singers both in the folk music genre as well as other genres.
10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - a musical Danish/Finnish gumbo with Harald Haugaard and Antti
Järvelä ... Witness and learn from two complete masters of
folkmusic together for an hour and 45 minutes at this workshop. Harald
and Antti have worked together for six years teaching fiddling and
ensemble playing at the Haugaard International Fiddle Camp in Germany.
This year they are taking their fiddle camp to West
Denmark, Wisconsin and the inaugural edition of that camp starts
right after Nisswa-stämman 2015. This ensemble workshop will feature
traditional and contemporary tunes from their common fiddle camp
repertoire. Bring any instrument and your enthusiasm. Also be on the
lookout of Antti's very dry Finnish humor.
1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m - "Leading and Following in
music" with Josefina
Paulson and Jonas
Åkerlund ... Playing music is like dancing. You can lead
and follow, do things in unison and things that make contrast. We will
work with finding the simple path in a complicated melody, and finding
colors and structures in simple tunes. We will approach the music from
the perspective of a dancer and finding the right swing in the music is
1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. Svensk Snapsvisor (drinking songs) with Elise Peters . . . Svensk snapsvisor are a traditional part of the Swedish culture. Join Elise Peters as she shares some familiar and less familiar snapsvisor that she has learned on her many trips to Sweden. No previous singing experience necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring recording devices. Some handouts will be available. Elise Peters has throughout her life travelled to Sweden. As a college student and as an adult, she has attended many parties and gained a repertoire of fun songs that add to the party atmosphere. In addition to singing, Elise enjoys folkmusik through nyckelharpa and fiddle playing as well as dancing.
We have three dance workshops this year. Please TELL YOUR FRIENDS! We need all the dancers we can get, and then some. The workshops will take place in two locations, at the Nisswa American Legion and in the Dance Barn at the Nisswa Pioneer Village. Participants are encouraged to have smooth soled shoes. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING A PARTNER! You can eat lunch in Nisswa at the Legion Club (great lunches!) or at several other restaurants.
10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Rorøs Pols with Carol Sersland & Steven Petersen ... The morning session will include Røros pols. Pols is a popular dance tune that musicians like to play (with an intriguing 1 and 3 beat emphasis). The dance includes 3 basic figures. Join us to learn the rund snu (round turn), the bakmes (backwards turn), and the basic 1-3 ‘limp’ step.
1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. Mazurka and Schottish with Carol Sersland & Steven Petersen ... Two favorite dance styles in the afternoon: mazurka (Swedish and Norwegian) and schottish (with at least three variations to keep your partner totally enthralled). Char Bostrom will play for the dancing for both sessions. Steven and Carol want people to have fun dancing and be one with the music – and there is SO MUCH music at Nisswa!
1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tango with Tuttila! Ralph Tuttila . . . Finns got heat, yes the Sauna sizzles but their tantalizing tango truly rules.
Learn to dance Finnish Tango with Rauli Tuttila with assistance by Jana Lindgren Tuttila. No partner needed ( we will rotate partners) couples singles all welcome. Finnish Tango is seriously sensual but Nordic friendly and fun.
Take a look at some shots from the first workshops in 2004, with Mauno Järvelä & family of Kaustinen, Finland, > 2004 workshops.