Valmynd Leit

Mats Berglund

I have been working as a professional folk musician and teacher the last 30 year. I started in the folk music revival in the late 1970 and made research in music and dance. The contemporary folk music in the 1970 was a kind of chamber music and the fiddlers didn´t know how to play to dance and the folk dance was a kind of stage dance danced by associations dancing especially folk dances constructed in the early 20th century. After spending a lot of time in archives and after studies of old archive dance videos is the old polska from my region today a social dance. If it´s possible for me to join the festival I can run workshops in music (fiddle, melodeon, singing and wooden folk flute) and dance (Finnskogspols and Jössehärspolska). I also play in different ensembles and I can send recordings and videos recorded in march 2014. Beside being a musician I´m a teacher at Ingesund School of Music - Arvika ( I also run courses all over Sweden and in other European countries.

Local and Glocal

It´s interesting to study the music that emigrants and immigrants bring to new places. In Sweden and especially Värmland (the region close to the Norwegian border) we have two historical migrations; 1) in the 16th-17th century when Finnish people from Karelia settled immigrated and 
2) in the period of 1850-1920 when a lot of swedes emigrated to USA. The Finnish language was spoken in to the 1960 when the last man died. It was two gentlemen left speaking the old Finnish language and the when Niitaho-Jussi was left alone the cattle was the only that understood his language. The Finnish immigrants were assimilated in to the Swedish culture but it´s possible to hear old reminiscences in the vocal tradition - especially in the lullabies. Nowadays you can see a big interest from the fourth and sixth generation of Swedish immigrants in USA and Canada and many of them wants to study their old relatives music in Sweden. Therefore Ingesund can offer a course for studies in Swedish folk music.

Assymetric beat in polska

As I wrote in the CV I have been doing a lot of research in dance and especially the polska. When you compare dance from different places it ́s possible just like in the music to find local dialects. I have also noticed that personal styles in dance can be an innovation and create a local style. The strong rhythmic relation between music and dance have been very important in my research and I notice that the young generation of folk musician to day have a big interest for s c World Music and they also prefer playing concerts before playing to dance. Therefore I think it is important for the music schools to let the young students learn the roots of their music. In Arvika the students learn the old tunes and the old dances as well.




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20. - 23. ágúst 2014

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