The Hardanger Fiddle Association of America presents
Our 2022 Online Winter Workshop
February 5 & 6, 2022
Instruction in Hardanger fiddle and Norwegian dance
Special seminar on the "5+5" Hardanger fiddle
ANBJØRG MYHRA BERGWITZ and
Norwegian Traditional Dance
"5+5" Hardingfele Seminar
Dance class accompanist
Our Schedule (all times US Central)
Saturday Feb 5
Hardingfele classes. Our teachers and Zoom administrators are knowledgeable about the Zoom teaching environment, and they work closely together to ensure the best possible learning experience. All students are provided in advance with videos of the teachers performing the tunes they will teach. This enables students to become familiar with the tunes and the teachers' way of playing them before attempting to learn the intricate details of traditional Hardanger fiddle playing.
"5+5" Hardingfele Seminar. Norwegian musician and composer Anne Hytta will introduce us to the world of “5+5” Hardanger fiddles, also commonly referred to as Hardanger d’amore, and their usage in both traditional and contemporary contexts. She will discuss the range of resonant-stringed instruments that she performs on, her compositional practice using 5+5 fiddles, and related topics. The seminar will include a short musical performance and Q&A opportunities.
Dance classes. Focus will be on Norwegian runddans/gammaldans material (mazurka, polka, reinlender, waltz and more), and Anbjørg and Audun will talk about the runddans tradition--for example, about how and when these dances came into Norway and their place in Norway today. Outstanding diatonic (two-row) accordionist Hilde Fjerdingøy will play for the dance classes.
Luthiers' Panel. This unique 90-minute session brings together 6 outstanding/expert hardingfele makers from across North America. Bevan Wulfenstein (Utah), Karen Rebholz (Wisconsin), Lynn Berg (Oregon), David Golber (Massachusetts), and Maggie Gerty (Minnesota) will share valuable information about your instruments--how they work, how to take care of them, and how to keep them going when you have no one nearby to help you.
Samspel Session. Samspel ("group playing") is a foundational skill that we always teach at our workshops. Fiddlers will be provided in advance with the sheet music for the tunes to be performed, selected from the HFAA's "Samspel Tune Book" and ranging through different levels of difficulty. The session will be led by a staff member while participants follow along on mute.
"Lightning Round". A tradition at the HFAA's workshops, a "lightning round" is a session where fiddlers or other instrumentalists/vocalists sign up to perform one tune each in quick succession. This allows students to practice their performance skills in a low-stakes, supportive environment.
Dance Party! A program of live music for dancing featuring HFAA member musicians.
All sessions will be held on Zoom (https://zoom.us/).
More Information about our Instructors
Håkon Høgemo is one of the foremost performers on the Hardanger fiddle in Norway. He is employed as adjunct associate professor at the Norwegian College of music in Oslo. He has worked as a freelance musician since 1993 and won the national contest of folk music in 1989 and in 1993. He has also been teaching at the Ole Bull Academy of Norwegian folk music at Voss and at the Grieg Academy at University of Bergen. For his solo album Solo he won the Spellemann Prize 2000 in the class folk music/old dance. He also won the Spellemann Prize 2005 together with Sigrid Moldestad and Einar Mjølsnes in the same class for the album Gamaltnymalt.
Vidar Skrede is a Nordic folk musician and teacher from Haugesund, Norway, living in Milwaukee, WI. He plays and teaches hardingfele, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki. He has a background in traditional music from Rogaland (southwestern Norway) and has a master’s degree in Nordic folk music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He has wide insight and mastery of traditional fiddle music and styles from Scandinavia and beyond, besides his home tradition from Vestlandet. Vidar is known for numerous bands like Vidar Skrede DYNAMO BAND (NO/FI), Geitungen (NO), The Secret Carpet Club (SE), and AAMOS (NO/UK). He has also performed with artists like Vegar Vårdal (NO), Kristian Bugge (DK), Sver (NO), Arja Saijonmaa (FI), Liz Carrol (USA), Bruce Molsky (USA), and Natalie Haas (USA). Vidar has released CDs like “Geitungen – Bra Kast” (Grappa 2005 – awarded at the Norwegian Folk Music Awards), “Geitungen – Langt Ute” (Grappa 2010 – nominated at the Norwegian Folk Music Awards), “The Secret Carpet Club – Village” (Nordic Stomp 2011), “AAMOS – Caravan” (Nordic Stomp 2011) and “Vidar Skrede DYNAMO BAND – Happy Monkey” (Nordic Stomp 2013 – nominated at Emma Gaala – the Finnish Grammy awards), and has been part of several other CD-projects in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and in the US.
Anbjørg Myhra Bergwitz is a renowned folk dancer from Tønsberg, Norway. She has been dancing all her life, having been born into a family of dancers. She has participated in several different national talent projects as a dancer, and has also organized festivals and competitions throughout Norway, all the while developing her sense of a personal touch to the traditional dance style. She is first and foremost a master of diverse Norwegian styles, being one of few A-class dancers who competes in both the regular fiddle and Hardanger fiddle categories.
Audun Grüner-Hegge started dancing at the age of 5 and entered the professional national scene in his twenties. Before this he was part of the Norwegian Folk Museum’s dance group, performing at local venues and competing internationally. In 2012 he participated in the Landskappleik, Norway’s national championship, for the first time, with his partner, Anbjørg Myhra Bergwitz, qualifying for the A-class which they won in 2015. He has also participated in several national talent projects and in recent years has worked teaching Finnskogspols to a variety of dance students in Norway and abroad.
Anne Hytta is a performer of the traditional music of Telemark on Hardanger fiddle, and of her own new composed and improvised music. Her background is deeply founded in the highly distinctive playing style of the repertoire of traditional tunes for the Hardanger fiddle, and from this basis she composes and performs her own music. She has created her own solo performance Draumsyn and Gjennom dagen consisting of new compositions for hardanger fiddle, viola d’amore and medieval vielle. The music was released on German label Carpe Diem January 2014 to great reviews both in Norwegian and foreign press. In 2006, 2007 and 2009 Anne Hytta received the Norwegian Government Grants for younger artists. She received the Norwegian Folk Music Award for best solo album in 2006, 2011 and 2017, and the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannprisen) in the open category in 2015 for Slagr album “Short stories” and in the category of traditional music in 2017 for solo album “Strimur”.
Dance class accompanist Hilde Fjerdingøy is one of the top diatonic accordion players in Norway, known for her soulful, powerful and groovy style. She plays music from many different traditions in the Nordic countries and has entered deeply into the tradition of Helgeland, her home area in the north of Norway. She’s a member of the Swedish-Norwegian band Rim, Hildur dansekompani, Moenje and Duo Fjerdingøy & Andersson. Hilde holds a Master's degree in Nordic folk music at the Ole Bull Academy of Music - Voss, Sibelius Academy - Helsinki, Kungliga Musikhögskolan - Stockholm and The Academy of Music and Dramatic arts, Southern Denmark - Odense. She has been playing numerous concerts around the Nordic countries as well as China, Brazil, the USA, Estonia, Latvia, England and Austria.