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A Brief History of Finnish Folk Music & Folk Music Improvisation

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

We are excited to announce “A Brief History of Finnish Folk Music & Folk Music Improvisation” by Alyssa Rodriguez on Tuesday, February 21, at 5:00pm in Memorial Library 126.

Rodriguez will present on her Fulbright research conducted in Finland 2021–2022 at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department in a lecture recital featuring live performance demonstrations on nyckelharpa, the Nordic keyed fiddle. She will discuss unique folk instruments, perception of folk music in Finland, and Finnish folk music styles from ancient times to present day, and how folk music improvisation keeps the tradition alive and evolving.

Alyssa is one of the few and finest players of the nyckelharpa, the keyed fiddle, in New York State and has studied nyckelharpa at the Master’s level at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, where she won a Fulbright grant to research Nordic folk music and folk music improvisation. She has studied with several riksspellmän (master Swedish folk musicians), including Olov Johansson and Emilia Amper. Her music has been featured on WXXI and WRUR in Rochester, New York, and she has appeared in Nordstjernan magazine and Nyckelharpan in Sweden. She released an album of Finnish and original nyckelharpa music in December 2022 called “Postcards,” available on all streaming platforms. You can learn more on her website https://alyssafiddle.com/

The event is free and open to the public.


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Madison, WI 53706
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