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Midwinter Folk Music Concert

ASI’s Spelmanslag fiddling group is joined by Swedish guest artists Jon Holmén and Jonas Holmén from Dalarnas Spelmansförbund for a special Midwinter Folk Music Concert. The ASI Spelmanslag, led by Mary Hegge with about 30 active members, performs at festivals, concerts, and dances throughout the region.  It was founded in 1985 by Paul Dahlin who was inspired by the traditional music his grandfather Ivares Edwin Johnson brought from Rättvik, Sweden.  The group remains an integral part of ASI, keeping the music faithful to its roots and sharing it with the community. Guests are welcome to dance along with the performance. 

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Jonas Holmén

Jonas Holmén was born in 1954 in Ore, Sweden and started to play the violin at the age of 9, where traditional music was a part of his training from the beginning. He currently resides in Rättvik-Nittsjö. Jonas graduated from the music academy in Gothenburg in 1976 then began teaching violin where he focused on traditional Swedish music with his students. Jonas travels extensively throughout Sweden and abroad offering workshop and lessons on Swedish Folk fiddle music. This will be his 8th time visiting Minnesota. He includes Päkkos Gustaf from Bingsjö, Röjås Erik, Hjärp Erik, Pers Hans, and Ola Bäckström as fiddlers of inspiration to him throughout his career.

Jon Holmén

Born and raised in a region rich with folk culture in Dalarna, and with a father who was both a violin teacher and very active with the local spelmanslag, it is no surprise that the traditional music from Rättvik and the rest of Dalarna has been a central part of Jon’s musicianship from an early age. Through extensive studies of Swedish folk music, ultimately at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, he also has a good grip on the “science” of Swedish traditional music.

The connections between the Twin Cities and the Rättvik folk music community in general have been strong for a long time, and Jon first encountered that bond as a teenager when Rättviks Lilla Spelmanslag visited in 1998. Since then there have been many more meetings for Jon and the fiddlers of ASI Spelmanslag, in both Sweden and the USA.

Today Jon works at Folkmusikens Hus (House of Folk Music), in Rättvik where he is a producer. Jon has a special interest in supporting & arranging activities for young musicians with an interest in folk music. He is also one of the leaders of that same local fiddling group, Boda Spelmanslag, his father used to lead when he was a child and is a member of the board of Dalarnas Spelmansförbund.

Emma Lagerberg

Emma Lagerberg, 27, is from Malung, in the Dalarna region of Sweden. She currently lives in Gothenburg, where she is an elementary school music teacher. Spare time is sprinkled with private violin lessons, fiddle practice, and singing in various genres. Folk music and Swedish folk music is Emma’s main focus. She has been leading Allégården Spelmanslag in Gothenburg and working as an artistic leader in a project called ”Culture Move" for youth from different parts of Europe.

Emma plays in several bands including the trio Lyset i forsen, nominated for Newcomer of the Year at the Folk and World Music Awards 2016,  and a group called Ill wicker. Emma has a Bachelor’s degree in Folk and World Music from the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. Before her time in Gothenburg, she studied at Musikkonservatoriet (The Conservatory of Music) in Falun, where she focused on traditional music from Dalarna.