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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 https://slakamusiken.wordpress.com) 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: https://soundcloud.com/bessman https://www.youtube.com/user/BessmanMusic https://www.facebook.com/bessmanmusic?fref=ts

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En heldag i skärgården med folkmusikkkören!!

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Folkmusikkören förlägger sommarens sammankomst till Östra Hästholmen, i samband med Föreningen Allmogebåtar i Blekinges årliga varvsdag. En heldag ut i skärgården, lördagen den 11 juli, från klockan tolv och framåt!!

Vi kommer att ha visutlärning i det gröna och sjunga sjömansvisor inne i varvet och när vrakekorna Klaura och Däkan seglar ut på fjärden. Vid varvet kommer det finnas servering av sillamackor, hantverk, loppis, samt samhällsföreningens hembakade fikabord!!! Dessutom kan vi ha det allmänt skönt och ta ett dopp i havet.

Vi samlas och samåker ut till ön – vi ska ut i riktiga i skärgården ju!! Det är bilfärja som gäller 🙂 Medtag picknick-korg, instrument (kan vara bra att ha), nåt att sitta på. Som vanligt tar vi 2 tjugor för samsången.

Som vanligt får man gärna bjuda med vänner och familj. Och har man aldrig varit med förr är det bara att hänga på!! sommarhälsningar /Astrid & Kristin

#libertéegalitétonalité – psychoacoustic research focusing on singing

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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.

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/the-north/research/the-northern-temperament/cultural-performance/

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.

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For more info of the project, please read here!!  http://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/profiles/r01keb12

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!!

#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!!

Chorale project – final rehearsals coming up

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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.

Dreaming big!!

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Dreaming big!!

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…

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!

Yours sincerely,

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…