ethnographic research

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.

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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.





Kurzeme – Kurland – Courland

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It was time to go west, to Kurzeme. However, what we thought would be a simple breakfast and a quick breakup, turned into something more intriguing. At morning coffee in the camping van the whole Spics family came to visit – fair maidens with kokles, shy sons with bell instruments, wives and fiancées…    Morning coffee with singing and playing, and deep discussions about art and design. We would probably still be sitting there if we hadn’t had an appointment at the Russian school.





We thought it also would be simple to deliver the book at the school, but the janitor, who happened to be quite a clown, directed our van into the guarded school parking and took us by the arm and lead us upstairs to the second floor, where all the school children had their yearly singing and dancing performance. Powerful experience! Strong young voices and colorful traditional costumes. And, as a bonus, several of Malin’s singing friends were gathered at the school for a meeting. There were laughters and hugs and talks about future collaborations.



It was late before we arrived at the village of Gudinieki. But before we could have our longed-for dinner we drove our van into the soft Courlandian mud. At least two hours of digging, wheel spinning and calling home to Sweden for good advice before we finally had the van on solid ground. A little bit sweaty, but actually a great method to get to know new people.

singing traditions through six generation

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Yesterday #koraleriet – A PROJECT ON FEMALE VOICES. ANCIENT PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC LOCAL HYMNS. MONODIC AND POLYPHONIC – met to sing and to record a few songs in Kallinge kyrka.  We were only four singers instead of nine, and that invited us to play around with new sounds for a while.


Apart from preparing for our big recording session that will take place in April, we ended up singing songs only from Kristin’s relatives. The fact that these songs are now passed on and spread to singers and listeners very far away from what we refer to as the original setting (even though all similar settings are equally original in the eyes of tradition) made me eager to make a short film of one of the songs, a funeral hymn after my great grandfather Back Erk Daniel Ersson. This to show the very people that have been crucial in keeping this singing style and this particular song alive, and NOT stored in some archive someplace.

When performing traditional music nowadays, it is often the performers that get the appreciation, while the sources remain anonymised. This little video is an attempt to turn this around, to rather show the great mutual confidence and strong personal connections that are the foundation for any strong tradition. From the old wooden cabin in the late 1800s, until today. A quite exotic approach in a capitalist post modern world where we are believed to construct our identity through picking and mixing any impulse we may like along the way, and to earn admiration as if we invented it ourselves.

From men to women, from strictly religious to a (for some of our singers) semi-secular approach, from vertical transmission through six generations in Dalarna, to horisontal transmission among friends and colleagues in Blekinge 2016!


After all, you do share your best songs and advice only with the ones you love!!


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 and traditional music on the big stage

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Fully aware of that this is a long and important discussion, we just simply want to highlight that a big local newspaper were unsatisfied with the little amount of women on stage on this year’s Hasslöfestivalen. Among their tips for coming years are among others Bessman, a quartet in which both Astrid and Kristin, Lisa Stormlod, and Marie Länne Persson (with excellent blog Slakamusiken sing. We want to celebrate this as a sigh of society’s increasing awareness of the aesthetic and entertaining potential of traditional music.

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Luckily Bessman is planning a small tour in southern Sweden, so please let us know if you want us to come and sing!! Links to Bessman:

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!!