The Folk Music Academy

The Folk Music Academy – July 4 – 6 2019

International course on Icelandic Folk Music from July 4th to July 6th. The course will be held in English if needed.

Since 2006 the Folk Music Centre in Siglufjordur has organized a Folk Music Academy to coincide with the Folk Music Festival.

The main topics of the Folk Music Academy in Siglufjord will be the different types of Icelandic traditional and folk music, including rimur and tvisöngur (organum). Icelandic folk dances will also be introduced, as well as folk music arrangements and instrumental tradition.

Students of the Academy will also get to meet visiting artists from other countries who lecture on the traditional and folk music of their home country.

Thursday 4. July 2019

09.00-11.00  –  Icelandic Rímur songs – Gunnsteinn Ólafsson

11.00-12.00  – Icelandic Tvisöngur, the Two-part organum – Örn Magnússon

12.00-13.00  –  Pause

13.00-14.00  – Songs from the industrial revolution in the USA – Hans-Hinrich Thedens and Elizabeth Gaver

14.00-15.00  –  Norwegian Folk Music  – Ragnar Heyerdahl and Astri Skarpengland

15.00-16.00  –  Bjarni Thorsteinsson’s collection of folk music – Gunnsteinn Ólafsson

Friday 5. July 2019

10.00-11.00  –  Serbian folk music – Jelena Ćirić, Serbia

11.00-12.00  –  Religious Icelandic folk songs  – Marta Halldórsdóttir

12.00-13.00  –  Pause

13.00-14.00 – European songs of passion and protest – Johanna Zwaig, Noregi

14.00-15.00  – Improvisation. New approach to folk music – Anna Jónsdóttir, Ute                                       Völker, Ursel Schlicht, Germany

15.00-16.00  –  Icelandic folk instruments, Langspil and Fidla – Örn Magnússon

Saturday 6. July 2019

10.00-11.00  – Contradances from the USA – Felaboga, Norway

11.00-12.00 – Icelandic folk dances – Kolfinna Sigurvinsdóttir and Hulda Sverrisdóttir

Those students who wish to get merits from the University for the course must write a paper or do a project on Icelandic Folk Music and hand it in before the 15th of August. The paper can be in Icelandic, Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish or English.