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!!
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!!
For a much bigger gallery of folk music and folk art pictures, please take a look at our Facebook webpage.
Thanks for now!
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.
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.
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!
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
#sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy – ethnographic research in local contemporary context
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!!
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!!
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!!