Be Both Highly Entertained and Educated: Let Stambandet Serenade You with Their Authentic Renditions of Traditional Nordic Song – Thursday, January 28th @ 7:30 p.m.
For over 30 years now, the a cappella vocal group Stambandet has been bringing the beauty and cultural richness of traditional Nordic song to the New England area and elsewhere. There are currently 12 members of the ensemble, most of whom were born in Scandinavia. Led by Berklee professor Allen Levines since 1985, they have managed to keep their performances not only acutely authentic, but highly artistically accomplished as well. Their aim has always been to give their audiences a true appreciation and understanding of Scandinavian folk song traditions while also presenting to them various aspects of Nordic culture. I would also point out here, that they are the only group in the United States with such an intense focus on this particular genre, thus making an attendance at one of their concerts a rare treat indeed!
Stambandet performs seldom heard vocal repertoire from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark. They sing in up to 7-part harmony in 6 different languages presented within a framework of numerous uniquely Scandinavian folk styles. Among the most interesting and intriguing of these vocal techniques is “trall”, a related form of “scat”, only their voices are imitating Nordic fiddle tunes rather than jazz instrumental improvisations. Visit their web site to hear audio samples, attain a list of recordings available for sale, or view a calendar of upcoming concerts. (I would assume that they are intending to post the upcoming 2010 season shortly)
When: January 30th – Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: David Friend Recital Hall (Berklee College of Music)
Ticket Pricing & Other Info: (617) 747-2261