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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.

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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!!

kristin

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

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!!

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

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

Urban diaspora

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Hi there!
Even though we prefer working at home back in the countryside 😉 this week’s meeting took place in Stockholm. While Astrid has been conducting her consultant work with web strategies for a big urban company, Kristin has presented her folk singing research at the ICTM Sweden. More to find about her research on #libertéegalitétonalité here and on facebook!!

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We are currently at a café, planning away! We got some nice invitations for #koraleriet to consider, and also some nice aspects from the ICTM seminar to bring with us into our further work.

Hope to release a film from this very shortly – stay tuned!!

Kristin & Astrid

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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.

 

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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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