ASI's Virtual Midwinter Folk Festival

ASI's Virtual Midwinter Folk Festival

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 from 10:30am to 3:00pm


This joyous annual celebration of folk music, dance and songs brings together some of the foremost artists and practitioners from Sweden, locally and nationally to share the Scandinavian skills and traditions in a weekend of virtual workshops and a culminating concert! ASI presents this festival in collaboration with the following music and dance groups: ASI Lilla Spelmanslaget, ASI Spelmanslag, Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag, Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers,  ASI Cloudberries and ASI Male Chorus.

Featured teaching artists include: Swedish guests Maria & Anders Larsson from Malmö and Eva Tjörnebo from Nyköping, along with local and national luminaries Roo Lester of Chicago, Kirsty Money of Nova Scotia, Anne-Charlotte Harvey of San Diego and Paul Dahlin of Two Harbors.

This year’s Midwinter Folk Festival is dedicated to the memory of LeRoy Larson. LeRoy’s passion was music, which he passed on to his family, his students and the many people over the years who attended one of his performances. LeRoy founded the Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble, which performed throughout the Upper Midwest giving performances that were entertaining, skillful and educational and which received a Minnesota Music Award in 1989. He inspired countless audience members with his love for traditional Scandinavian folk music and left behind a legacy that will endure.

Schedule of Events:

10:30 a.m - 11:45 a.m: "Adult Swedish Folk Music Workshop - for fiddle, cello viola" with Maria & Anders Larsson

Join Maria and Anders Larsson in this workshop for adults. The Larssons will focus on folk music tunes from Sweden, with emphasis on techniques that make Swedish folk music sound authentic. Youth (upper teens) who want to expand beyond the youth workshop are welcome to participate. The workshop will be taught “by ear” but sheet music and recordings of the tunes will be made available after the workshop.

Instructors: Maria & Anders Larsson, Malmö, Sweden

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12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m: "Swedish Traditional songs from Southern Sweden" with Eva Tjörnebo

Eva has been collecting and teaching traditional songs her whole life and will teach three songs from her vast collection. Eva is also part of a Masters of Swedish Song project sponsored by the American Scandinavian Foundation. In the month of February Eva will be teaching a workshop every Sunday at 12:00 Noon. Find out more about this series.

Instructor: Eva Tjörnebo, Nyköping, Sweden

Eva Tjörnebo originally comes from Skåne in southern Sweden, but she now lives in the Nyköping municipality. In her youth she was a member of the folk music group Folkvind, which in 1977 released an album at Oktoberförlaget. In recent years she has released four music albums, three of them together with Viskompaniet. She was awarded the Olrog Scholarship in 2013.

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1:30 p.m - 3:00 p.m: Closing Concert

Each of the presenters will play, sing, or dance to demonstrate what they did in their respective workshops.The workshop participants will be invited to join. Even though there will be audio from only the presenter, the session will allow the participants to see each other, review what they have learned and get a sampling of the content in all of the week-end's sessions.

Cost: $20 ASI members / $25 non-members. Includes access to full weekend of workshops and closing concert. Students 18 and under are free.

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