Nathan Bissette, an English/American musician and composer, and Kristin Borgehed, Swedish dito, as well as co-founder of FPA, launched their album PurcellPartialsPietist in November 2016.
The duo was founded a few years ago, in Aberdeen, Scotland. The work is based in traditional singing and playing from central parts of Sweden/northeast Scotland, and consists mainly of improvisation and microtonality. String instruments and voices are the main instruments we work with.
This work has a practical side, as is shown on this CD, as well as a theoretical, through Kristin’s PhD studies on microtonality in singing. The repertoire includes a variety of tings, from dance music to church music, from lullabies to wordless humming.
The album has been very well received, and we look forward to travel around with this music in 2017. Kristin and Nathan would like to say thanks to the board of FPA for this kind contribution!
Here are links to the album, and also to our facebookpage, where all news about concerts etc appear!
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
Tonight is the premiere of a new performance by Nathan Bissette and Kristin Borgehed. Mixing live electronic and accoustic music, with sound projections of Kristin’s children’s singing, makes a live exploration of a direct five generation line of singing traditions!! ❤
The concert takes place in Aberdeen, Scotland. All welcome!!
Ibland uttrycker vi oss slarvigt. Vi säger att Majsjungningen är en utdöd tradition som vi vill väcka till liv igen. Men i själva verket är den högst levande. I folks sinnen och minnen! När man i bygden börjar diskutera gamla Valborgsminnen, minns många brasan och körens sång på folkhögskolans trappa, men man minns också hur man sen vandrade mellan gårdarna och sjöng för att få ägg till pannkakskalas. Vi vill samla så mycket vi kan av minnen, bilder, texter och filmer. Från förr eller från i fjol. Lägg upp vad du har på Instagram eller Twitter och hashtagga! #sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy
A few years ago we had this wonderful collaboration between Swedish and Polish young folk musicians, coming over for a few days for intense rehearsals and then performing at Landsbygdsriksdagen, a national conference for rural development in Sweden. In these times of heavy application writing, going back to these fantastic memories gives us extra energy!!
Many of these young talents are by now, professional or semi-professional traditional musicians. ❤
Wish you all the very best!!
Kristin and Astrid