Astrid Selling

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.

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

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Passionate singing!

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

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

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A local boat type.

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

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How to cool drinks and walk the plank…

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

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

Folk Practice Academy – an institute for folk music and other folk arts in contemporary practice

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We are very pleased by the huge number of new readers finding our blog, several hundreds from all over the world!! Among our readers are a mix of musicians, people that sing and play in sessions or like to attend festivals, researchers, folk art nerds and people with local connection to the event we cover. Working with this broad audience has lead to a few changes in the website structure.

Folk Practice Academy, often called FPA, was founded by long term colleagues Astrid Selling and Kristin Borgehed in 2011.

 

Astrid and Kristin
 

Since Folk Practice Academy is an international organisation, our blog posts will be mostly in English, but at times also Swedish, Estonian, or any other of the languages of our associated partners.

 

Baltic Trad/e - Sweden Poland and Estonia

 

 

This dynamic approach to language does also go for the section of our website called Articles&Reflections. Please feel free to share your thoughts with us, even if you prefer to not write in English!

https://folkpractice.wordpress.com/about/partners/

https://folkpractice.wordpress.com/articles-reflections/

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Happy feet at #koraleriet

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A few pictures from recent rehearsals with #koraleriet

“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15)

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Everything taught by heart, including incredibly tricky monodic and polyphonic  microtonal music. No music sheets handed out. Ever.

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Even if a 200 year hymn book often is smaller than a contemporary phone, it still lasts a hundred times longer. How about that for sustainability and transcendence?!!

Soon we are off to start our performances!!

Kristin & Astrid

#sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy – ethnographic research in local contemporary context

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For this years May singing, the 30 of April as every year, we launched the tags #sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy. Launching a hashtag might seem like an everyday thing, but was really an important step in out work. (Another one for our female religious singing project is #koraleriet )

Here is the three year old start of the public project on May singing. This is a result of Astrid Selling’s own ethnographic research, connected via FPA through projects at Lunds Universitet, Linnéuniversitetet and Högskolan på Gotland.

For the modern ethnographic researcher, social media has many benefits apart from only being a fashionable (and measurable!) way of getting her work known to the public audience. What is more important is the possibilities it gives to collect research data, and to, through a constant dialogue with other people interested in ethnography, folk music, folk art, etc, build mutual confidences around our practice. This is often called field work, and may happen actually in the fields, as on our camps with Krusznia in Poland, or, by the computer. We are pleased and proud to say that this dialogue does currently involve most parts of Europe, and even beyond!!

If you have something you want to share with us – please use the tags for photos/films/music, or mail us at info@folkpractice.com!!

Thanks friends!!

Inför årets majsjungning drog vi igång #sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy. Här är den tre år gamla uppstarten av  den publika satsningen av majsjungningen, vilken är ett resultat av och i konstant dialog med Astrid Sellings etnografiska forskning och arbete!!

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!!

#koraleriet

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A short post to inform that  is the tag that links together photos, films and sounds from our sound and choreography project with amazing local  female singers performing ancient local protestant and catholic hymns and psalms!!