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!!
Last Sunday we, five of nine singers from #koraleriet, sang chorales at the medieval inspired service in Heliga Kors church in Ronneby.
One of the chorales sung was the all-time-high-hit Den Signade Dag, which oldest found transmission in writing is dated to 1450.This chorale has been sung continuously for hundreds of years and ties together catholicism and protestantism.
Our version of melody was noted down by Nils Stålberg, and sung to him by Ingrid Isaksson, who lived in a small cottage in the village Röaby, some km north of Bräkne-Hoby in Blekinge.
The musical arrangements are made by Kristin Borgehed,after detailed analyses of how melody interacts with pronunciation patterns in that very local dialect.
Singers: Kristin Borgehed, Astrid Selling, Lisa Stormlod, Emma Feldmanis, Linnea Gustafsson
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!!
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!!
The hashtag #libertéegalitétonalité will from now on be used for posts here and other social media, for posts related to Kristin Borghed’s PhD project at the University of Aberdeen. The project is called Tuning the Human Voice: An Empirical Exploration of Tonality in Northern Traditional Singing. Feel free to scroll down this page for a short info film.
This PhD project on singing traditions in northern Europe, is in close cooperation with Folk Practice Academy, in fact, the work is inseparably intertwined.
This is a picture of me, my mother Elisabeth Bjurström Jonzon, Malungsfors, Sweden and my aunt Anna Hedin, Malungsfors, Sweden. They are the two singers that have had the greatest impact on me in terms of songs, singing style, story telling, general life advice, as well as together with other relatives always helping my family when I have been away singing, recording and writing.
For more info of the project, please read here!! http://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/profiles/r01keb12
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)
Everything taught by heart, including incredibly tricky monodic and polyphonic microtonal music. No music sheets handed out. Ever.
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
This weekend yet another practice with the women singing ancient local religious psalms, songs and hymns is taking place. The choir is newborn, and the ladies, handpicked and of all ages and places in Blekinge.
All needed on a long train ride is some påskmust and a twohundred year old hymn book!! We are looking forward to see where our group’s ideas might take us! Next time we’re on stage!!
Back later with films and pictures!
Kristin & Astrid