Purcell Partials Pietist – first album sponsored by FPA

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Nathan Bissette, an English/American musician and composer, and Kristin Borgehed, Swedish dito, as well as co-founder of FPA, launched their album PurcellPartialsPietist in November 2016.

Version 2
Performing at the Grassmarket in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The duo was founded a few years ago, in Aberdeen, Scotland. The work is based in traditional singing and playing from central parts of Sweden/northeast Scotland, and  consists mainly of improvisation and microtonality. String instruments and voices are the main instruments we work with.

This work has a practical side, as is shown on this CD, as well as a theoretical, through Kristin’s PhD studies on microtonality in singing. The repertoire includes a variety of tings, from dance music to church music, from lullabies to wordless humming.

Nathan playing the theorbo.


Participating in the international research conference “Beyond the semitone”.

The album has been very well received, and we look forward to travel around with this music in 2017. Kristin and Nathan would like to say thanks to the board of FPA for this kind contribution!

Here are links to the album, and also to our facebookpage, where all news about concerts etc appear!





Konsert med koraleriet

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KORALERIET – ENSTÄMMIGT OCH POLYFONT. Flera hundra år gamla katolska och protestantiska koraler i en halvsekulär och flerreligiös samtid.

Lördagen den 14/1 klockan halv fem är det dags för årets första konsert med koraleriet, på Slöjdhuset i Ronneby. Konserten sker i samarbete med Blekinge Spelmansförbund, och konsertbiljett á 50 kronor löses på plats.

Sångerskorna – från vänster Linnea, Agnes, Cecilia, Kristin, Lisa, Ingrid, Astrid, Emma, Linnea

Koraleriet har i två år samlats regelbundet, med utgångspunkt i folkliga koralmelodier upptecknade i och runt Blekinge. Tillsammans, och under ledning av Kristin Borgehed och Astrid Selling, utforskar vi – nio sångerskor i åldrarna 20-50 år, talnära intonation (att sjunga på dialekt), samsång, solosång, och samsång med våra lyssnare. Våra framträdanden har rönt stor uppskattning – både tolkning och repertoir är hyfsat unik!

Inom den folkliga sakrala sången har banden mellan protestantism och katolicism varit långt mer självklara än i kyrkorummet, en tradition som har fragment in i våra dagar. Först 1986 fanns noter i psalmboken. Innan dess fanns enbart text, melodierna fick man hålla i huvudet. Detta hade till följd att samma psalm eller koral kunde låta väldigt olika på olika platser i landet, ibland till och med inom socknen! Vidare var de gamla psalmerna uppbyggda på ett sådant sätt att många kunde sjunga sig igenom hela boken!

Sångdag på Slöjdhuset där denna konsert kommer att vara.


Varmt välkomna på konsert!!

På vår facebooksida läggs nyheter upp, och även samtliga länkar till vårt youtube- och soundcloudkonto.





Revelations in the Old Mill at Korrö Folkmusic Festival

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At this year’s Korrö Folkmusic Festival FPA contributed with two happenings. A workshop mediating tunes with mainly Blekinge material and also one of my “seminar-concerts”, which I held on Thursday night. This time the theme was cultural connections around the Baltic Sea. I was happy to notice that the dark Old Mill (Kvarnen) soon was filled and that there seemed to be quite a crowd outside that couldn’t get in, due to both lack of space and high interest in the subject.


I took the audience on a path through experiences that we in Folk Practice Academy have collected from our projects Baltic Sea Inter Cult, Baltic Trad(e) and Basic – Folk & Tradition. But I also lifted som really interesting details of dance descriptions that Kristin and I have found in the archives of Nordiska Museet and through our meetings with old singers and fiddlers.

The audience showed a dedicated interest in the subject and several of them gave some nice feedback after the session; “This was the best I have ever experienced at Korrö!”, “You have to write a book!”, “This should be made into a film!”

It seems as if the subjects we constantly are poking at fill a need. People have an urge to talk about immaterial heritage. Where do cultural expressions derive from? How can we make a complex picture more understandable? How does geography, time, development, society, political implications, etc colour the way we perceive traditional music? And how can the music we love to play and sing be connected to knowledge allowing questions and discussions to flourish?

With me on stage, I also had my daughter Agnes, who is one of the dedicated youth we have in FPA, and she mastered the Polish drum with excellence while I played a couple of tunes from Suwalki.

I also managed to break a string while retuning, but having fiddlers in the audience is a true bliss. Thank you from all my heart, you anonymous who gave me a new G-string!



Women singing by the water – sailing songs in their best environment

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More singers on their way? We gathered by the ferry to Hästholmen in the Karlskrona archipelago, for a day of traditional sailor, sailing and water songs. Among them sea shanties, dance tunes, and hymns.



Women of all generations singing loudly out to the Baltic Sea, and the next generation of singers is gradually being secured!!


Passionate singing!



Songs about the symbolism of bare feet dipped in either the sea or in red wine…


The singing session was organised together with the local traditional boats club.


A local boat type.


Looks scarier than it was, but inspirational danger can be good…


How to cool drinks and walk the plank…

Thanks everybody for your great contribution to a lovely day!!

Urban diaspora

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Hi there!
Even though we prefer working at home back in the countryside 😉 this week’s meeting took place in Stockholm. While Astrid has been conducting her consultant work with web strategies for a big urban company, Kristin has presented her folk singing research at the ICTM Sweden. More to find about her research on #libertéegalitétonalité here and on facebook!!


We are currently at a café, planning away! We got some nice invitations for #koraleriet to consider, and also some nice aspects from the ICTM seminar to bring with us into our further work.

Hope to release a film from this very shortly – stay tuned!!

Kristin & Astrid


Young people and archive material

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Here is a short film from one of our archive sessions with young musicians in southern Sweden. The film shows that archives can offer a little of each. Who knew that there were ancient rap musicians in Blekinge back in the days…

Murder ballads

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We started off the new year with a full day course of local (more or less) murder ballads. As always we started with warming up and traditional singing techniques. How does it sound when each and everyone say a given scentence in her dialect? How does it sound when we put melody to it? What are the differencies? Singing and discussions are closely tied together in our work. We taught murder songs of all kinds; short “postcards” and really long medieval ballads. Sixteen singers met up, really nice!! There were people from our choir, young musicians from Baltic Sea Inter Cult and some new singers as well. As always an interesting mix of ages, musical backgrounds and opinions. Just like we like it! We are now preparing for the coming singing workshops this spring, please send us your requests!! What workshop would you like to participate in?