basic – folk & tradition

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.

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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!

/Astrid

 

Joys of field work

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Hej friends! Within Ethnography, we often tend to talk about field work, not really sure of if people know what it may look like. To overcome this we want to share some various pictures from Folk Practice Academy’s field work the past four years – enjoy!!

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Astrid leading a session with Swedish, Polish and Estonian musicians in Ronneby during the Baltic Trad/e Conference January 2013
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“Julstuga”, a traditional Christmas music party at Astrid’s, in Jernavik December 2012
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Kristin teaching the young talents of Baltic Sea Inter Cult, before a dance concert at Korrö 2012
some workdays are analysing our Swedish singers in a remote corridor at a London airport...
some workdays are analysing our Swedish singers in a remote corridor at a London airport…
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Teaching ballads at Backafestivalen, July 2013.
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The fabulous singing weekend in Scotland!!
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#koraleriet – the project with female voices doing Protestant and Catholic hymns
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LivatWiwat – the Polish/Swedish big band
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Julstuga Jernavik, December 2014.
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Basic Folk and Tradition, our latest project with young people, folk music and folk arts.

For a much bigger gallery of folk music and folk art pictures, please take a look at our Facebook webpage.

Thanks for now!

Kristin

Träskofiol under besök på Stålagården

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Med anledning av den gångna helgens VM i träskofiol hittade vi detta gamla klipp i vårt arkiv. Det är ungdomarna i Baltic Sea Inter Cult som besöker Stålagården i Mörrum, och får en omgivning bland gamla instrument och notböcker.

Dagen avslutades som sig bör hemma hos Astrid på Gamlegården, med köttgryta, pepsi max, och låtspel hela natten!!

Upprop – Majsjungningen är inte utdöd!

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Ibland uttrycker vi oss slarvigt. Vi säger att Majsjungningen är en utdöd tradition som vi vill väcka till liv igen. Men i själva verket är den högst levande. I folks sinnen och minnen! När man i bygden börjar diskutera gamla Valborgsminnen, minns många brasan och körens sång på folkhögskolans trappa, men man minns också hur man sen vandrade mellan gårdarna och sjöng för att få ägg till pannkakskalas. Vi vill samla så mycket vi kan av minnen, bilder, texter och filmer. Från förr eller från i fjol. Lägg upp vad du har på Instagram eller Twitter och hashtagga! #sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy

Här står vi några piltar små...
Här står vi några piltar små…

A new project has started!

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FPA have now wrapped up the Baltic Sea Inter Cult project. We had our last concert with the youth before Christmas and the only thing that is missing are the last reports.

But, don’t mope, we have just started up yet a new level of our international collaborations. This time we are broadening to include also handcraft and storytelling. We hope to find structures for bringing in youth and mediating knowledge over and between generations. More information will come soon!