The Folk Music Academy

The Folk Music Academy – July 8 – 10 2021

International course on Icelandic Folk Music from July 8th to July 10th, free of charge.

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 July 2021

09.00-11.00 – Rímur Songs of Iceland. Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, Iceland

11.00-12.00  – Latvian folk music and its instruments – Ilmārs Pumpurs, Latvia

12.00-13.00  –  Pause

13.00-14.00  – South American Music. Use Eschner, Germany

14.00-15.00  –  Dances from Ginea – Sandra Sano

15.00-16.00  –  Bjarni Thorsteinsson’s collection of Icelandic folk music. Gunnsteinn Olafsson, Iceland

Friday 9th July 2021

10.00-11.00  –  Folk songs in Icelandic music – Thorunn Gudmundsdóttir, Iceland

11.00-12.00  –  Tvísöngur (Two part organum). Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson, Iceland

12.00-13.00  –  Pause

13.00-14.00 – How to arrange Icelandic folk music. Ragnheidur Gröndal, Iceland

14.00-15.00  – Norwegian folk songs. Øyonn Groven Myhren, Norway                               

15.00-16.00  –  Icelandic folk instruments. Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson, Iceland

Saturday 10th July 2021

10.00-12.00  – Norwegian folk dances. Øyonn Groven Myhren, Norway

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. Registration by