is from Osterøy, near Bergen, and has Vestland tradition as
her hardingfele “mother-tongue”. After moving to Valle
in Setesdal in 1999, she learned Setesdal playing as a member of
Heddis Minne spelemannslag, a group which has frequently won the
hardingfele group-playing competition at Landskappleik. Monika taught
in the folk music program at the Valle secondary school until that
program was recently discontinued; she is currently a lecturer at
the Setesdal Museum in Rysstad, Setesdal. She is a Class A fiddler.
Karin Løberg Code
Løberg Code, a life-long string player, began intense
study of the hardingfele in 1990. Today, Karin is a respected
dance fiddler who has lived two years in Norway, playing for
weekly dance groups in Oslo and meeting regularly with master
fiddlers. As an American fiddler, she has been on staff, along
with Norwegian-born artists, at numerous festivals and workshops
in the US. She focuses her style of fiddling on the tunes of
the Hallingdal and Valdres valleys. Karin teaches violin and
viola at several schools and a private studio at her home in
Sarah Nagell studied hardingfele and voice at St. Olaf College,
the New England Conservatory of Music, and Høgskolen i
Telemark in Rauland, Norway. While in Norway, she fiddled with
Falkeriset Spelemannslag and performed with the lag and in solo
performances at folk festivals and other events. Her group, Gjetord,
was recently invited by the Japanese Grieg Committee to give
concerts of traditional Norwegian folk music in Tokyo and Osaka
as a jump-start to the 2007 Grieg anniversary year.
performs throughout North America, gives workshops in schools,
and teaches Hardanger fiddle tunes to orchestra students, fiddlers,
and classical violinists. Her CDs, Norse Fiddle at Home and Norse
Fiddle at the Wedding, and the accompanying music books, help
to make this music feel more local for American audiences. Her
main dialect is Telemark, with some work in Valdres and Vestland
styles; as a Scandinavian-American she is also steeped in gammeldans.
Karen is Hardingfele Instruction Coordinator this year.
Weinberg, who has been studying Hardanger fiddle for more than
20 years, is well known in the U.S. as both an accomplished performer
and a skilled and patient teacher. He is the founder and leader
of the Boston Spelemannslag and has been involved in numerous
festivals and courses around the country. This will be the fourth
time Toby has taught hardingfele at an HFAA annual workshop.
He will also teach seljefløyte.
Torleiv LøylandTorleiv Løyland,
who lives in Valle in Setesdal, started dancing when he was 15
years old. He learned by watching others around him dance. He
became a Class A dancer, and won the Landskappleik in Lillehammer
in 1977. He has taught dance for over 20 years, including 15
years at Ole Bull Akademiet in Voss. Torleiv has researched dances
with Norwegian dance scholar Egil Bakka, and has served on the
board of a number of Norwegian folk dance organizations. In addition
to teaching Setesdal gangar at the 2007 HFAA Workshop, Torleiv
will teach munnharpe.
Marit Løyland, a graduate of the folk
music and dance program at Valle videregående skole (secondary
school), will assist her father in presenting Setesdal dance
and munnharpe traditions.
got his first lesson in Valdres springar in 1989 while sitting
wheelchair and wearing a patch
over one eye, recovering from a car accident. Over the next decade,
standing up, he tried the dance in workshops taught by Rolf and
Magny Karlberg, Olav Jørgen Hegge, and Erik Røine.
Since he’s “finally felt good about the dance”,
Bruce has taught Valdres springar at AmeriKappleik and Folklore
Village, and in Washington DC, New York, and the Bay Area. By
profession, Bruce is a guitar teacher, player and author.
Hegge was introduced to Norwegian bygdedans by Bruce Emery in
1986. She began dancing Valdres springar in 1989 and has been
dancing it every chance she can get ever since. Mary has lived
part time in Valdres since 1993. She has taught springar at numerous
workshops in the US, Sweden and Norway, both with her late husband,
Olav Jørgen Hegge, and with others. Mary became a Class
A dancer in 1999, and was a dance judge at Jørn Hilme-stemnet
in 2001. She dances and plays langeleik with the Øystre
Slidre Spel- og Dansarlag in Valdres.
Kveding (Traditional Singing) TeachersSarah Nagell (see also under Hardingfele). At Rauland, Sarah
studied traditional Norwegian singing with an emphasis on the
Ravdal, originally from Morgedal in Telemark, has been deeply
involved with Norwegian traditional singing for some time. Her
article, “Stev og slått: On the relationship between
vocal and instrumental folk music,” appeared in the HFAA’s
Sound Post, vol. 23, no. 3 (Summer 2006). Hege has taught kveding
at the HFAA Workshop for the past two years.
Sersland started learning Telespringar at the age of 9 from her
father, Harold K. Sersland, a talented dancer who came from Hjartdal
in Telemark. She began singing while attending the Folk High
School in Rauland in the 70s, and later returned to Norway to
study with Anne Gravir Klykken. Carol sang for many years with
the groups Skandilous and Stev Sisters; she currently performs
solo and with others in Minnesota. In addition to teaching kveding
at the 2007 Workshop, Carol is Dance Instruction Coordinator.