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Väsen US Tour Spring 2017
The Swedish super-group Väsen will be touring the US this spring, April 13 to 22, 2017:

Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, now in its 27th year of touring together.

The parts: a five-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their own right, and together they form a unique supernatural being. To experience Väsen is to witness ensemble playing at its finest.

The band’s origins are deeply rooted in the forests and rich earth of the Swedish countryside, in the centuries-old tradition of the folk music of Uppland. It’s a tradition spiced with consummate playing skills. But this is more than just a traditional sound.

Sunniva Abelli from Sweden will be the nyckelharpa teacher at Scandia Camp Mendocino June 10-17, 2017.
Sunniva Abelli is a nyckelharpa player, singer and a composer of contemporary folk music with roots in Swedish traditional music.  She grew up in Stockholm in a family of musicians, actors and artists and has played and sung Swedish folk music all her life. Sunniva studied nyckelharpa at Stockholms Estetiska Gymnasium and the Eric Sahlström Institute in Toby.  Sunniva went on to get a BA from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and in 2015, graduated from the Nordic Master program in folk music after two years of additional studies at academies in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.  At the age of 15 she got the Eric Sahlström scholarship and in 2007 she won the Youth Championship in nyckelharpa.  Sunniva is known for her dynamic and danceable playing.  She released her first CD, Framåt, in 2014.  She currently plays with the Nordic band Rim, as well as Tradpunkt and Vilde.  She was the nyckelharpa teacher at NFF in 2016 and received rave reviews. Here is Sunniva playing one of her own compositions.
For additional information about the program at Scandia Camp Mendocino 2017: Scholarships are available.

July 23 – July 29, 2017   to be held in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Registration for our 2017 Festival & Workshop is now open. Here’s what’s on tap:

Join us in beautiful Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to discover music, ballad, and dance traditions amid one of North America’s most exquisite 18th century seaside towns. Boxwood presents a full range of classes with world renowned artists in the realms of traditional folk, early music, and dance. The flute is center stage along with a myriad of other instruments, song and dance.

Magnus Holmström and Tomas Limpan Lindenburg will be coming from Sweden to teach and perform at the Festival from July 23-29. Magnus plays nyckelharpa.  He was at the Festival last year and he was FABULOUS.

Here is the link to the Festival and Registration.

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