Scandinavian instrumental, singing and dance workshops, featuring top level musicians from Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway will take place on June 8, 2018 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 8, 9, 2018. 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.
Cost for the sessions is $30 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. For some of the locations a 'spelmans' lunch is offered at 11:45 am, 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 <> or call her at 218-259-4090. That’s all you need to do — just give her your name and your workshop choice(s). After you sign up, she’ll send you more information about your workshop, including a detailed map for getting there.

It is always possible that we may have trouble filling all the workshops with students. 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' 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 :)  Once you sign up you'll be given directions to the locations.

Workshop teachers, descriptions

*** Remember...all workshops are generally taught by ear and participants should bring recording devices***

Instrument and Song Workshops

10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Swedish tunes with Maria Larsson  Welcome to a fiddle workshop with riksspelman Maria Larsson.  Maria has grown up with traditional Swedish music, and she is a Riksspelman. She has studied in Malmö Academy of Music and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. The last 20 years she has been touring all over the world with the bands Plommon, Svanevit, Trio Larsson and Strings Across the Ocean. Maria will teach some of her very favorite tunes from her repertoire. The tunes in the workshop will be learned by ear, recording devices are most welcome.

10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Swedish songs with Anders Larsson Anders is one of very few active professional male Swedish folk singers. Originally coming from Strängnäs in Sörmland, Anders represents the music and tradition from the eastern parts of Sweden. Anders has for over ten years been working as as a teacher at the folk music programs in Malung, Dalarna. His workshop will include songs with texts in Swedish (surprise?), with and without second voices. Since Anders is one of Sweden’s most popular dance music musicians, the workshop will also include some lilted dance music.

10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Polonaise melodies from Sweden and Continental Europe played on Nyckelharpa if you are curious about what these sound like, please click HERE.

1:15 - 3:00 pm - Hardingfele tunes with Maria Skjeldrum Tøppe  “I have learned my tunes from different fiddle-players in the west-side of Norway, both young and older ones - mostly fiddler to fiddler learned by ear. I have also found some tunes in the Archive "Arne Bjørndal samling, which we have in Bergen. I mostly play the folk music from Hordaland. Maria has won acclaim for documenting the hardanger-fiddle music in the areas around Bergen.

1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Button accordion tunes with Kristoffer Kleiveland  Kristoffer specializes in the distinctive character of  the music from North Hordaland and Western Norway, which he conveys with great empathy along with stories from the old days, personal experiences, and impulsive improvisation. If this workshop doesn’t fill up, Kristoffer is willing to give private lessons during this time.

1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Nyckelharpa tunes from Uppland

1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Swedish Songs with Anna Stark - born in 1966 in the town of Mora situated in Dalarna by Lake Siljan. In 1906, the artist Anders Zorn founded Sweden's very first Spelmansstämma in Mora. Anna is thoroughly steeped in the folk traditions of the area.

1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.  - Danish songs with Helene Blum - Denmark has a strong and rich singing tradition which goes back to the medieval ballads. This workshop will be an introduction to all of this and Helene Blum will teach traditional Danish ballads including ornamentation, the story behind them and, if there are many participants, singing in harmonies.

1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. Swedish fiddling with Ann and Leif Elving - Leif and Ann are both ”Riksspelmän” in the tradition of tunes from southern Hälsingland, Sweden. In 2013 they received the ”samspels”medal (”playing together medal”) in gold. In this fiddle workshop Ann and Leif will teach tunes from Hälsingland/Dalarna and maybe give some advise on how to make second parts. Leif will also share some violin technique tips.
Leif´s composition ”the Spider” was chosen ”The tune of the year” at the Swedish National Competition of Tune Composing in Bergsjö, Hälsingland in 2006. Ann enjoys composing as well and two of her tunes made it to the finals in the Swedish National Tune Competition in 2012 and 2014.

Ensemble Workshops

Ensemble workshops are open to all instruments and cost $30 for each 1-3/4 hour session. These are always popular and a fun and inspiring kick-off to the Nisswa festival. 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."Tunes in Dalarna today” Elvings Spelmanskapell invites you to learn a few traditional tunes commonly played i Dalarna today, e. g. waltz, polska and schottis. Accordionist L-G, fiddlers Ann and Leif and bass player Staffan all live and work in the Dalarna area of Sweden. The tunes you are about to learn are some of our favorites and they will be easy to grasp. We will go thru the actual melody as well as chords, basslines and rhythm. All instruments are welcome as well as players on any level. Take this opportunity to top up your repertoire with something both traditional and contemporary!

1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - a Danish/Finnish musical gumbo with Harald Haugaard and Antti Järvelä   Witness and learn from two masters of folkmusic together for an hour and 45 minutes at this workshop. Harald and Antti have worked, played and laughed together for 9 years teaching fiddling and ensemble playing at the Haugaard International Fiddle Camp in Germany. They again stop at Nisswa before heading to their annual fiddle camp in West Denmark, Wisconsin. 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 for Antti's very dry Finnish humor.

Dance Workshops

Nisswa-stämman dance workshops are always great fun! We need all the dancers we can get, so please TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Participants are encouraged to have smooth soled shoes. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING A PARTNER! Both workshops will be held at the Nisswa Legion. You can eat lunch in Nisswa at the Legion Club (great lunches!) or at several other restaurants.

10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Vestlands Springar w/ Maria and Kristoffer  Springar is one of the oldest dances in Norway, and you can find different types of Springar-dances all over the country. In this workshop we will focus on the springar from the west side of Norway. The Springer-dance has different motives and steps which can be combined in an improvisational way every time you do the dance.

1:15 - 3:00 pm Swedish dances w/ Anders & Maria  everyone is welcome! Together with Anders and Maria Larsson you get an opportunity to get to know a couple of Swedish traditional couples dances. Though the dances are pair-dances you are very welcome as a single person. The start of the workshop is Anders' "Home dance" called Sörmländsk Slängpolska. After that we give schottis a try! Everyone is welcome!! Beginners EXTRA welcome!

Take a look at previous workshop pages: 2017 w-shops / 2016 w-shops / 2015 w-shops / 2014 w-shops / 2013 w-shops / 2012 w-shops / 2011 w-shops / 2010 w-shops / 2009 w-shops / 2008 w-shops / 2007 w-shops / 2006 w-shops / 2005 w-shops

Take a look at some shots from the first workshops in 2004, with Mauno, Esko, Alina and Aili Järvelä of Kaustinen, Finland, > 2004 workshops.

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