2019 Workshop Staff


Henning Andersen
(Advanced hardingfele) is an experienced Valdres hardingfele player who enjoys playing for dance. Trygve Bolstad has been his primary influence on hardingfele, but Harald Røine, Geir Harald Fodnes, Olav Jørgen Hegge and Håkon Asheim have also been important teachers for him. Henning credits his enjoyment of playing langeleik and singing to his mentor, Marit Mattisgard. He also plays willow flute and church organ. (Photo credit: Runhild Heggem)

Vilde Aaslid
(Intermediate hardingfele) is an active dance fiddler who specializes in various western Norwegian traditions. In 2015 she participated in the Master Class Hardanger International in Granvin, Norway, studying with Knut Hamre and Frank Rolland. She makes regular fiddle-study trips to Norway; she is also an avid dancer. Vilde has taught previously at the HFAA workshop, and is often found playing for the dance classes there. When not fiddling, she researches and teaches music history at the University of Rhode Island.

(More information on our other Intermediate and Beginning teachers coming soon.)


Knut Arne Jacobsen and Brit Totland
have danced together for many years. Knut Arne lives on a farm in Øystre Slidre, Valdres. He has been dancing since the early 1970s and participating in competitions for over 20 years. He learned Valdresspringar from tradition-bearers Knut and Berit Steinsrud, Harald Røine and Ingar Ranheim, among others. Brit teaches at Valdreslaget in Oslo. They are a dynamite team and are frequently sought-after teachers for dance workshops across the US. (Photo credit: Runhild Heggem)

KVEDING (Traditional singing)

Knut Arne Jacobsen will share with us his joy of singing and storytelling. When living in Bø in Telemark, he studied with Agnes Buen Garnås. His singing teachers in the Valdres tradition have been the Fuglesteg/Lie family, Ingvar Hegge, and Marit Karlberg Mattisgard. He has a particular interest in lullabies, and also has some songs for dancing.


Jenn Turbes (more information coming soon)