a musician with a passion for traditional music
- playing, singing and dancing -
Waiting for new times, when it will be possible again to rehearse, play, sing and perform, I'm digging far down into the archives, looking for ballads, songs, tunes and stories.
21st of May - Meraftan (open singing session for anyone to come along)
20-24th of June - Jazz & World (a week of workshops)
17th of June - Culture heritage café, Moderator for a talk with archaeologists
1st of July - Culture heritage café, Moderator for a talk about handcraft
15th of July - Culture heritage café, Medieval ballads, together with Marie Länne Persson
29th of July -Culture heritage café, Margareta Skantze about influential women during medieval times
4th - 12th of Aug - Kung Byxlös - 5 performances with choir and actor
Spring & Summer 2020
26th of Jan - Bessman, Kulturnatten, Växjö.
10th of May - ILMA a cappella, Mariedalskyrkan, Karlskrona.
4th of June - livestreaming solo concert, Musik i Blekinge.
13th of Sep - ILMA a cappella Jämjö kyrka.
7th of Nov - Blaustjyng Folksinging Choir, Rappskall project, Ronneby.
26th of Feb - Blekinge Folkhögskola, Bräkne-Hoby
9th of Mar - Café Cura, Karlskrona (Chorus Conspiracy)
28th of Mar - Litorina Folkhögskola, Karlskrona
2nd of Apr - Jämshögs Folkhögskola
2nd of May - Karlskrona - Climate Change exhibition opening event>>
July - Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania
3rd of Aug - Skärgårdsfesten, Karlskrona (Chorus Conspiracy)
6th-8th of Sept Den Olycklige Danske Prinsen, Nyborg, DK. Konsert tillsammans med Jørgen Dickmeiss
6th of Oct Den Olycklige Danske Prinsen, Saxemara Ship yard
17th of Nov Den Olycklige Danske Prinsen, Månteatern, Lund.
28th of June - Los Angeles - concert and workshop event>>
2nd of July - Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church, North Dakota
7th of July - Butte Brewery Company (private)
14th of July - Montana Folk Festival, Butte, Montana schedule>>
15th of July - Montana Folk Festival, Butte, Montana schedule>>
17th of July - Svenska Kyrkan, Los Angeles. 6.30 pm. Adress: Norske Sjømannskirken, San Pedro. read more>>
My first instrument is the violin, but I also play flutes and kannel, but most of all I sing!
I come from one of Sweden's smallest regions - Blekinge. It is situated in the very southeast, where the sea trade and the royal Swedish navy have left marks on traditions and culture.
I have both a Swedish and an Estonian/Russian heritage and try to incorporate this in my creative music life.
Norwegian, Swedish, Baltic and Russian inspired music
Astrid Selling, Sylvelin Hege Sevilhaug, Line Arstad Djurberg
I love to sing and I am a bit of a harmony junky
A cappella quartet
Four women with years of experience from different genres sing in four harmonies. Folk music, pop, country and jazz and classical music create our inspiration so collect, arrange and compose music we all love to sing.
Singers: Astrid Selling, Elisabeth Ekman, Anna L Samuelsson, Christina Wikström Holmgren
Blaustjyng is a local dialect word for a sudden wind and is used by elderly in the archipelago of Blekinge in the South east Sweden. And that is where find our repertoire in the local historical archives. We do inspiring projects that will take off as soon as the corona pandemi has retreated. Watch our inspiring digital/IRL folkmusic festival from July when the neighbour farmer taught us how to call for cows.
Locus Laude grew from a couple theater performances with Teater Kontur. Three of us decided to keep on singing together, but only music we can find in the old church tradition.
Traditional chorales and hymns
Nine women in all ages come together and sing a repertoire that is hardly found anymore - the old traditional and local chorales. For us it is a fantastic way to explore co-singing and for churches it has turned out to be an inspiring new repertoire. Koraleriet was active 20
Bessman is a quartet which aims to put the storytelling in focus. The songs we seems to get hooked on are the ones that have been lost in the music archives, that no one has seen for a while. In Bessman we examine tonality and improvisation in action, when the song is actually sung.
A cappella septet
After some substantial years of choir singing (Lund Academic Choir - among others) I decided to create a smaller ensemble, which eventually came to become So Seven, which was active for over ten years with a repetoire stretching from Swedish folk songs to pop and jazz.
A cappella quintet
About Sally decided to have a theme for the repertoire and together we decided to focus on american folk, bluegrass and country. It was exciting to create arrangements for five female voices and get as close as possible to the genre as possible.
Composing and arranging
I have over the years composed music for seven original theater plays and am now working on the eighth. To me the music can serve different purposes in a play. It can paint and color the story being more in the background or enhance what is going on on the stage. But I prefer to use the music as a main story teller, just as important as the actors.
Here are a couple of examples:
The black Madonna - a choir mass
The music was created to a story by the author and director Margareta Skantze, where the cycle of life was the format. I composed the music together with Elisabeth Ekman and we incorporated 9 voices, a flute and hand drums into the arrangements.
Quite soon in the creative process we realized that the story had the same elements as a high mass. This made the music taking on its own existence after the play had stopped performing, and the pieces are still sung by choir now and then.
Den olycklige danske prinsen
The last Danish medieval king
I created the music for one voice and a kannel. Which then practically takes just as much attention from the audience as the monologue of the sole actor portraying the king.
The story about the king Christian II shows that history is different in the south from the surroundings of Stockholm. The very south Sweden belonged to Denmark up till the second half of the 17th century. A history that is excluded from the schools' history education.
Teaching - or rather mediating!
Workshops, lessons, coaching
Passing on a tradition
From generation to generation
Passing on my knowledge, my tricks, my philosophies about music and tradition is what's keeping me going. Seeing the spark in a youngster that suddenly finds a new music world is always an amazing experience.
Sharing and including
When working with youth (and adults) I find the most important factor is being present - or actually, making it possible for the attender to be present. For me it is about looking everybody in the eyes, talk to them while working, give them feedback in motion an present images or metaphors that will make them understand or create their own understanding.
Where you can find me
As a manager at Musikcentrum Syd I get to work with freelance musicians - set up networks, coach strategic communication, create new ideas on how to put the spotlight on our musicians
CEO of my own collaborative company
Through Flokk I can do freelance assignments in music, project management, concept development, strategic communication etc.
A Cappella South Sweden
This is an ongoing singing project for young people in South Sweden. I run it together with Camilla Bengtsson and our aim is to make young people sing more in small ensembles.
I have collaborated with Margareta Skantze (play writer) and Viktoria Rosén (scenographer) since 1990. Now in the group we call Teater Kontur. Our theater is so much more than a performance, it is also research, seminars, workshops and discussions.
International and national
Baltic Sea Inter Cult
Folk music and youth around the Baltic Sea
During 4 years I was manager for an international EU-project, an exchange programme with youth and folk musicians in Sweden, Poland and Estonia.
Poland and Belarus
As a result of the Baltic Sea Inter Cult (BaSIC) project I have visited Suwalki in Poland, to collaborate with other dedicated traditional musicians in Krusznia. Visiting old people in their homes to learn about their life and music.
A Cappella South Sweden - young singers
Singing in small groups
A project supported by the governmental youth department to make young people organize themselves through music. Our goal is to make young people sing in small ensembles.