Nordic music concert features “play in” for young musicians

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Seattle Lilla Lag
Sunday, March 26, at 4:00pm, the Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag will play lively tunes from the Nordic countries at St. Dunstan Episcopal Church, 722 N 145th St in Shoreline.

Tickets are $11 online and $11 and $12 at the door. Free parking is plentiful, and seating for disabled people is available.

Spelmanslag members range in age from 8 – 18 years old. They are dedicated, hard workers who love playing, and it shows. You’ll hear beautiful music played with energy, finesse, and spirit.

This year, they invite community youngsters to bring their instruments and join them in a “play in” at the end of the program. Kids from the audience will learn a tune on the spot, then perform together with the Spelmanslag members. If you know of aspiring young musicians, please let them know about the concert and this unique opportunity.

Spelmanslag members were featured last year in the Norwegian folk music magazine, “Folkemusikk,” for their accomplishments. They are frequent performers at Northwest Folklife Festival and Skandia Folkdance Society dances, and last year they recorded a CD of music from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.

The group often plays in three voices, including melody, full harmony, and simplified harmony. Learning by ear, in the traditional way, the kids not only learn to play as part of an ensemble and style tunes for dancing, they also learn ensemble skills. For most, playing in the Lilla Spelmanslag has been the first experience of playing in a larger group.

Members will study and perform music in Denmark this summer, fulfilling a dream made possible, in part, through the proceeds from this concert. When you hear these kids play March 26, you’ll swear you are with them in Scandinavia.



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