Dates: Thursdays- February 4, 18 & 25 Online, via Zoom
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM CST each week
Skill Level: Intermediate. Some prior knowledge of Norwegian or Swedish is helpful, but not necessary. Comfort with learning music by ear is also helpful, however, the instructor will be providing recordings and lyrics prior to class for participants to use to prepare. No sheet music will be provided.
Class Registration Fee: $45 for entire 3-week session
Starting with folk music oriented warm ups, we will explore vocal traditional music from Norway and Sweden. From lullabies to dance music and cow calls, we will learn about different types of music, how to sing it, and what roles it plays in Norwegian and Swedish folk tradition.
Materials fee: n/a
Students need to bring: Your voices.
Cait Vitale-Sullivan was steeped in the high desert wilderness of Idaho as a child.
She is intrigued by the human connection to nature and music, and when not playing outside, could be found playing fiddle or singing in the forest. In 2013, she moved to Norway, where she was introduced to Scandinavian traditional music and majestic fjords. After returning to Idaho to finish a degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology, she returned to Sweden to complete a Fulbright grant studying the connection between Kulning (Swedish cow calling music) and landscape. There, she attended Malungs Folkhögskola to study Swedish folk music. She currently is completing a master’s degree in Agroecology with a focus on the connection between language and landscape with a focus on Setesdal and Telemark dialects in Norway.
For those unfamiliar with kulning, check out this article written by Caitlin:
And to hear the practice, here’s a youtube video: