Workshop: Danish folk music with a focus on Rasmus Storm
In this workshop we will be playing the dance music of the island of Funen in Denmark. Based on tunes by Rasmus Storm, one of the most enigmatic traditional fiddlers from the 18th century this workshop for the intermediate player. The Rasmus Storm melodies are elegant with an almost classical touch – when played on the harp one could almost think Rasmus Storm learned his melodies from O’Carolan… We will challenge our left hand and work with dynamics and ornamentation as a means to breathe life into the melodies.
Storyteller, harper, composer and prolific Danish songwriter Niss Stricker is on a never ending musical journey. With extensive studies in Indian music, Scandinavian ballad singing and Gregorian chant, Niss is always searching for the common human heritage in music: “Music gives wing to the soul, it is a way of urging the spirit soar above mundane worries. All that can be found in a melody.”
His harp studies began in France and since returning to his home country he has given many concerts both at home and abroad. The concerts are a mix of storytelling, singing, and music. Alongside playing the Celtic harp and guitar, Niss has also studied the Indian sitar and Hindustani classical music. He has recorded four solo albums and has just released his fifth, “Soria Moria” (2018).
For more information http://www.nissstricker.dk
At previous Nordic Harp Meetings (2010, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017), he gave workshops on Danish folk ballads and folk dance tunes, and on Indian music and improvisation. Niss was also member of the organising team of the NHM 2011.