In Concert: an Evening of Scandinavian Folk Music -
with Bruce Sagan and Peter Michaelsen
Thursday, April 9, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm
Join us for a very special evening of Scandinavian folk music performed on a variety of authentic folk instruments by these two devotees of Scandinavian folk music. Peter and Bruce will play a variety of traditional tunes from Sweden and Norway as well as newly composed melodies in Scandinavian style, ranging from haunting waltzes to hot polskor.
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On some of the numbers, Judy and Jerry will enliven the proceedings by demonstrating the corresponding dance.
This concert will be held at the lovely historic Ladies Literary Club Building
850 E South Temple, SLC
7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm, please allow plenty of time for parking.
$12 adults; $6 for 18 years and under or students with current ID.
Prices same at the door or in advance
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Peter Michaelsen has played folk music for 45 years, for the last 25 focusing on the fiddle music of Scandinavia. He plays both "normal" fiddle and Norwegian hardingfele (hardanger fiddle), and also plays the munnharpa (mouth harp). He has made numerous trips to "the old country" to study and perform. In 2002 he was awarded a bronze medal in the Swedish National Competition for folk musicians (the Zornmärket), and he has played with several well-known Swedish groups, including Boda and Falun Spelmanslags. He's on the staff of several annual music/dance camps in the US; he's toured nationally -- including as musician for a troupe of Swedish dance teachers -- and he's played for countless dances and workshops. He's known for his breadth of repertoire, his knowledge of traditional regional styles and harmonies, and his dance fiddling.
1. Kvarnresan, Journey to the Mill (with Nils Olof Söderbäck), Soulfelt music.
BRUCE SAGAN is a respected player and teacher of traditional Scandinavian Fiddle music. In addition to fiddle, he plays the haunting, highly ornamented Norwegian hardingfele, the Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), and the tusselfløyte, or recorder. Bruce has visited Scandinavia numerous times to work with Fiddlers and collect material. He was awarded the Zorn Diploma in Bronze on the basis of his playing before a jury of some of Sweden's best Fiddlers. This honor has been accorded to very few non-Swedes. Bruce's First album, Spelstundarna, has won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. In a review of his second CD, With Friends, the premier Swedish folk music magazine Spelmannen said that he played “som en inföding," i.e., “like a native." This is high praise in a country where it is often felt that you should only play tunes from your own village. Bruce has taught and played at a variety of folk music and dance camps and workshops, and has been music director for Nordic Fiddles and Feet at Buffalo Gap Camp in West Virginia as well as California's Stockton Folk Dance Camp. For those who can't study with him in person, Bruce has recorded an instructional video focusing on three of the most important Swedish village styles. He was invited to play at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC and has played for dances, workshops, and concerts in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Locally, Bruce helps to provide music for the Scandinavian-American groups in Michigan.
1. Spelstundarna (with Andrea Hoag and Larry Robinson), E. Thomas,
2. With Friends (with Brad Battey, Nan Nelson, and Chris Rietz), Bruce
Sagan, UCP number 83707 55622.
3. Northlands (with lydia ievins): New fiddle tunes in traditional Scandinavian Styles, Northlands Music.
Updated 27 January 2015