American Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Artist Fellowship- 2022
Starting in 2022, I'll study with master nyckelharpist Cajsa Ekstav from Uppland Sweden, "Playing Traditional Swedish Music for Scandinavian Folk Dancers." This is made possible by an Artist Fellowship through the American Scandinavian Foundation. I'll also study with Scandinavian dance instructor, Elise Peters, to further understand how folk dance steps connect to Swedish rhythms.
Awards were made on the quality of the work involved and the centrality of the work to the local community. The impact of the project on sustaining Scandinavian folk traditions was also a major consideration as was its potential for engaging others in learning traditional arts and skills and thus fostering intergenerational transfer.
Big thanks to Cajsa Ekstav and Elise Peters for engaging in this work, and to Paul Dahlin and Judy Kjenstad for your ongoing support. Many thanks to the folks at American Swedish Institute, especially Peggy Korsmo-Kennon, and to Pieper Bloomquist, Paul Wilson, Ross Sutter, Sören Åhker and everyone at the American Scandinavian Foundation. Looking forward to this adventure.
Scandinavian, French and Celtic music on nyckelharpa, accordion, Irish pipes, and cittern.
Trio with Judy and Janet
Scandinavian dance tunes on button box accordion and nyckelharpas
Duo with Adam Kiesling
New and Traditional Scandinavian Music on Nyckelharpa and Guitar
Scandinavian Music Workshops
and Nordic Roots Dance Series
held 2019-2020 at the Danish American Center
also known as kurbits painting, is a distinctive form of Swedish folk art from mid 1700's to the mid 1800's.