Sunday 1st July 7.00 p.m.
Community Centre, Uhtua
Vepsian Folk Choir, Susanne Rosenberg, children’s kantele ensemble and Seesjärvi Group
Tickets 400 roubles
Vepsian Folk Choir
The Vepsian Folk Choir was founded in 1936 and its first conductor was Vasili Kononov. For more than the over 60 years of its existence the choir has been an tireless performer, promoting Vepsian national music culture and the traditions of this small nationality. The members of the choir represent different age groups and professions, but they share their love for folk songs and dances. Vepsian folk choir has taken part in numerous contests and international folklore festivals in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Estonia, in the Komi Republic, the Mari-El Republic, Moscow, Arkhangelsk and other cities in Russia . The repertoire of the choir consists of original and arranged folk songs and round dances.
The Seesjärvi song group, established in 2000, continues the best traditions of the Paatene choir, which has been continuously active for over 75 years. The group sings, dances and performs pageants. Songs such as “Valgee neitsyt, ruskee neitsyt” and “Ljuuli, ljuuli”, familiar to Finns, have origins in Paatene. The group also performs Karelian kadrilli dance, a traditional dance known in Karelia, but which originates from Seesjärvi. In the recent years the group has also created new songs, describing its home region.
Susanne Rosenberg is one of Swedens foremost folk singers today, and has been a pioneer in both rediscovering the older Swedish style of traditional singing, as well as using it in new artistic environments, involving cooperation contemporary composers e.g. and directors. She has started some of Swedens most influential folk music groups, such as Rosenbergs Sjua and Rotvälta, has toured Europe and US several times and is represented on a number of records since the early eighties until today. She worked with international artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Quincy Jones and Clark Terry. She is professor at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) and since 2005 also head of Department of Folk Music. In 2007 she started her artistic doctoral studies – “Kurbits – ReBoot…” which has lead to e.g. the much acclaimed soloperformance/solo CD “ReBoot/OmStart” (2008). In 2011 Susanne received the prize “Årets Traditionsbärare” at the Folk- och Världsmusikgalan.