Bára Grímsdóttir og Chris Foster (IS)
Two ancient Icelandic rímur (ballads) tell us the story of the ancient travel routes off the coasts of Iceland.
Before Western dance captivated Europe in the 19th century, creating new musical traditions across the North Atlantic, stories about whalers formed an important theme in ancient songs. Four speakers, each from his/her own national perspective, presented examples of this musical history:
Jos Koning (NL) Musician and musicologist. 'Twee violen en een bas' has specialized in music from the Amsterdam nightlife between 1600 and 1850. Here the harsh life of the whalers was extensively described in songs.
Maurice Henderson (UK)
Musician. Researches in musical connections between Greenland and Shetland.
Even though the Nordic countries have a strong maritime history, the coastal music seems to have been forgotten in the national, musical storytelling of the Scandinavian countries. Learn more about the reason for this here.
John Bæk (DK)
Musician and teacher at the dept. of folk music at the Academy of Music in Odense and Esbjerg presented a Danish perspective on the theme, from Fanø.
Unfortunately there is no video from John Bæk's lecture.
Much of the music presented in this seminar is related to dance music.
Mats Nilsson & Ingegerd Sigridsson (SE)
How does a dance researcher view the situation?
accompagnied by Göran Premberg and Pernilla Stendahl
Unfortunately there is no video from Mats Nilssons lecture.