Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI, July 19 - 22
Our 24th annual HFAA Workshop was once again held at Folklore Village Farm in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Located on the edge of a restored prairie 35 minutes west of Madison, WI, Folklore Village was a lovely, rural setting for our four-day program that was filled with Hardanger fiddle, dance, singing, munnharpe and seljefløyte classes, concerts, lectures, and several lively Norwegian dance parties. The annual business meeting of HFAA members was also held at Folklore Village, on Saturday, July 21 after lunch.
The 2007 Workshop Staff were:
Antun - Hardanger fiddle
Setesdal has a rich and varied fiddle tradition that includes the playing of beautiful vocal melodies, the creation of the setesdalsfele (a unique cross between a regular violin and a Hardanger fiddle), and the "heartbeat" foot tramp of the fiddler to the syncopated rythms and intricate melodic development of Setesdalsgangar tunes. The driving intensity and creative improvisations of the music offer an intriguing challenge for dancers to fit their steps to the beat while moving either in a ring as a social mixer or as a single couple with opportunities for men's accrobatics.
Many of the earliest Setesdalsgangar tunes were concieved on
munnharpe (mouth harp) and are thus the overall form of
the gangar is keenly suited to the unique rythmic and tonal capabilities
the instrument. (Listen to
music samples.) Setesdal contains the richest munnharpe traditions
of any region in Norway
and the instrument is commonly associated with the valley's traditional
folk culture. We were pleased to offer munnharpe classes again
at this year's workshop.
Bruce Emery and Mary Hegge reviewed teaching of the Valdresspringar, which was featured at our 2004 workshop. And of course, evening dance parties offered a wide variety of dances from many other traditions of Norway, including the very popular springar and gangar dances of Telemark.
Post-Workshop Concert in Madison
Monika Antun appeared in a live concert with master dancers from Norway. The father and daughter duo Torleiv and Marit Løyland, demonstrated dances from Setesdal and played the munnharpe (mouth harp).