18-22 April, directly after Easter, KMH presents the conference FOLK TRAD NOW for invited students and teachers from institutions offering higher education in folk and world music from the Nordic countries, the Baltic States and Ireland.
The Department of Folk Music has planned and hosted the event, with concerts, seminars and workshops for both the public and for invited guests.
– The theme is "Folk Trad Now - creative artists making the tradition", focusing on the fact that we as folk musicians always shape our music constantly, it is constantly changing, in constant dynamism with our contemporary," says Susanne Rosenberg, Professor and Head of the Department of Folk Music at KMH. Together with students and teachers at the department, she has prepared the event.
"Folk Trad Now" is performed as part of the Nordic network for higher education in folk and world music, NORDTRAD. The network started at KMH in 1996, then with only a few participating schools.
– We are proud that the network has grown so enormously: Today, 17 schools with education in folk music, world music and music from other cultures participate. It is therefore extremely fun to be able to invite all these to our new beautiful campus, which will be filled with 150 guests next week.
Some tidbits from the program:
– The week ends with the annual event LÅT! (22/4), this time including soloists and the ensemble KMH FOLK, but also the premiere of two major ensembles: The Folk Voice Choir and Nord Folk Orchestra where all participants at the conference are playing together.
Susanne Rosenberg believes that the development of folk and world music today means a dynamic way of looking at traditional music as an expression of his contemporary. She concludes with a quote from an artisan:
”Tradition is not a form to be imitated, but the discipline that gives integrity to the new!”
Professor Susanne Rosenberg. Photo: Sunniva Brynnel.