When working in a project like Folk Song Lab you sometimes need to be super-focused and working together without being disturbed by other ‘stuff’. The FoSoLa inner circle went to Gnesta in Sörmland to spend two days of total concentration. Working with new ideas of improvisation, such as using the formulas of ‘Sutartinas’ (Lithuanian singing-style)Continue reading “Intense inspiration days in Gnesta”
Today we, FoSoLa, the inner circle of Folk Song Lab has improvised the whole day. The astonishing ‘Körsalen’ (Choir Room) is a perfect both physical place and temporal space for experimenting. Giving the feeling of full view as well as seclusion.
Nearly all sessions include someone who never participated before. Today that was not the case. We are all familiar with improvising in a folk song lab session. We find the concentration through mirror-singing and then we fly away on improvisatory adventures.
Today we closed the Folk Song Festival at Eric Sahlström Institute (ESI) with a Folk Song Lab session. The big hall at ESI has a wonderful acoustic that fits well the improvised voices. Thank you all for a heart-warming flow moment.
Today Folk Song Lab had the opportunity to present the ideas of the project to teachers and staff at KMH. Hopefully they were interested in following the project as it goes along. The presentation focused on giving a broader picture of the ideas behind Folk Song Lab. Flow. Qualities in Folk Music. Interactivity. Improvisation.
Starting off a new semester at KMH also means doing new experiments in folk song lab sessions . Always starting with mirror singing, but also include improvising new ballads or waulking songs or something else. It’s great fun.
During one week the participants of the Ballad course at the Sommelo Festival got to try out some of the methods in Folk Song Lab. Story-board ballad and mirror -singing. Participants from Sweden, Finland, Russia, France, Norway did their best to find suitable storys to tell by improvised singing.
Today Folk Song Lab started a network meeting at KMH with an interactive mirror-singing session and a short presentation of the project. The session created a warm and good discussion climate for the presentations that followed. An interesting day!
Today Folk Song Lab visited Petter Kallionen at the Linguistic Department at SU. Could it be possible to measure some of the things happening in the brain while improvising?
Great festival with concerts, workshops, seminaries as part of this years Nordtrad-meeting. A lot of things happening at KMH and off course also a session with Folk Song Lab with guest from the nordic and baltic countries and all the way from Ireland. The collaborative improvisation had to be in English!