Peter Michaelsen has played folk music for over 55 years, for the last 35 focusing on the fiddle music of Scandinavia. He plays both "normal" fiddle and Norwegian hardanger fiddle. He has made numerous trips to "the old country" to study and perform. In 2002 Peter 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. Peter is 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. Peter is known for his breadth of repertoire, his knowledge of traditional regional styles and harmonies, and his dance fiddling.
Martha Levenson is an avid Nordic fiddler who divides her time between fiddle and the hardingfele. She loves to collaborate with dancers, and is known for her clear rhythms when playing for dance. Martha has directed the Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag for fifteen years and maintains a private teaching studio as well. As a teacher, Martha emphasizes fun, the importance of energetic and accurate styling, and good technique. Martha also enjoys traveling, walking, and practicing aikido.
Music Workshops--All Free!
Introduction to Scandinavian Music
Saturday-9:30 to noon
The Intro to Scandinavian Music class is a good fit for players who are unfamiliar with Scandinavian dance music styles, are new to learning by ear, or prefer to learn at a slower pace.
Saturday-9:30 to noon and 1:30 to 5:00pm
Sunday-1:00 to 3:30pm
Regular fiddle classes will be taught in the traditional manner, in which tunes are learned by ear, and will be on an intermediate-advanced level. Teaching will be done on fiddle, but other instruments are welcome.
Hardanger Fiddle (Hardingfele)
Sunday-10:00 to 11:30am
A Hardanger fiddle is a traditional stringed instrument considered to be a national instrument of Norway. Come learn it's secrets!
Dance Workshops: Sorry! All dance workshops have been postponed due to COVID19
Please Park on the east side of 200 west (Closest to the Garbett Center). Ramp access off Wall Street
Covid 19 Precautions:
Vaccination and mask are required. Please bring your vaccination certificate/card.
All Workshops are free, but registration is appreciated. Scroll down for the registration form. No registration is needed for the concert or social.
Need more info? Contact Mary at Maryfinchrose@gmail.com