Workshop: Folk songs of the supernatural
Fairies, trolls, mermaids… The lone human, encountering a paranormal being, is one of the most common themes in ancient tales and lore, their roots stretching back thousands of years. Also the Scandinavian Ballads offer a remarkably rich representation of these stories. In the workshop, we’ll look at a selection of songs where this motive is handled in different ways. For good measure, we’ll also cast a brief glance at the Scandinavian Ballads in general, where they came from and where to find them. All instruments and levels are welcome.
Maria grew up in Finland, singing and playing piano and violin at Musikinstitutet Kungsvägen. She later studied literature at Helsinki University, graduating in 1995. In 1991 she moved to Denmark and has since 2000 worked in Vikingelandsbyen Albertslund – a reconstructed Viking-age village, offering experimental archaeology and participatory activities for children from the local community as well as volunteers.
Most recently, Maria Ojantakanen has organised the magnificent Nordic Harp Meeting 2016 in Albertslund, Denmark.