Workshop in kveding (Norwegian traditional singing), with Olav
Olav Sem is not only a master dancer but also a superb traditional
singer. He is especially known for his mastery of slåttestev,
short songs in springar rhythm, and "tralling," rhythmic singing
that can be used to accompany dancing. Olav taught on Thursday, Friday,
and Saturday, plus a short review session on Sunday.
Workshops in munnharpe (Norwegian jaw harp) and seljefløyte (Norwegian
willow flute), with Hallgrim Berg (Hallingdal)
Berg is not only a prizewinning traditional dancer but also
an expert munnharpe and seljefløyte player. He taught
munnharpe at the beginning and advanced level and seljefløyte
at the advanced level on Thursday,
and Saturday. An auxiliary workshop for beginning seljefløyte
students will also be offered, taught by Toby Weinberg. Munnharpe
was taught using instruments tuned in F. Hallgrim had
munnharper and seljefløyter for loan and for sale.
Workshop in torader (Norwegian two-row accordion), with John
Berquist, of Minnesota and Chicago, has performed and studied Scandinavian
folk music and traditions in the Upper Midwest for the last twenty-five
years. He is a singer and performer on the two-row accordion (torader),
guitar, and mandolin. John has presented concerts and programs throughout
the US, including Minnesota Folk, Chicago Folk Festival, Ironworld,
and Prairie Home Companion, and Artist in the Schools Residencies in
eight states. He has been a consultant for the Smithsonian Folklife
Festival and for Skogfjorden Norwegian Language Camp.
Workshop in Norwegian
regular fiddle, with Jan Frostvoll (Røros)
Jan Frostvoll is one of the brightest stars of
traditional Norwegian regular fiddle playing. He is best known as
a member of the group
Småviltlaget from Røros, one of Norway's most popular
folk music bands, winner of the Titano Festival last summer and a
two-time winner of the national championship for folk music groups.
He is also a member of the Glåmos Spellmannslag folk music
group and the group WHF with Tron Westberg and Magne Haugom, both
among the top ranks of prizewinning groups in Norway. Jan taught
a full-time class in Røros traditional fiddling at
AmeriKappleik in addition to performing.
Sarah Kirton plays
both Swedish and Norwegian traditions (on regular violin)
and Norwegian hardingfele traditions (Valdres and Telemark). She
Scandinavian music since the early 1980s and has studied
both here and in Norway. She spent a year and a half studying with
Hegge in Valdres in rural Norway in the late 90's. She's
a member of Nattergal, a group that plays Scandinavian music,
founding member of the Northern California Spelmanslag.