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Sunniva Brynnel and Sara Pajunen workshop in Swedish and Finnish traditional tunes

23 February 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
TBA home in Montpelier

Dynamic young duo Sunniva Brynnel and Sara Pajunen will make a special stop in Montpelier during their concert tour to hold a workshop in Swedish and Finnish traditional tunes for all instruments.

The workshop will take place on Friday evening, Feb. 23, from 5:30-7:00 pm, followed by an optional potluck supper and a short jam.

The workshop will be hosted by Donna and John Hopkins at 107 College St. in Montpelier, VT [corner of Woodrow Ave., enter on Woodrow side].

The cost will be $25 per person.  PLEASE REPLY TO ME, MARGE GARFIELD, WITH YOUR RESERVATION.   beleaf4u@myfairpoint.net

The workshop will be led by Sunniva Brynnel, who brings music from her native west coast of Sweden, on accordion, and Sara Pajunen offering Finnish tunes on fiddle.  All instruments are welcome including chord instruments, with a rare opportunity for accordion players to learn this repertoire.

While in Vermont, Sunniva and Sara will perform in two house concerts in Shelburne – one on Saturday Feb. 24 in the evening, and one at 4 pm on Sunday, Feb. 25 (see their website, link below, for details).

Sunniva Brynnel, native of Sweden and a Masters student at the New England Conservatory of Music, is the accordionist with the gifted new band Night Tree.  She received her Swedish music teaching degree from Gothenburg University in 2016.  She descends from seven generations of female musicians.  Her mother, a Swedish folk singer, is one of her major influences. http://sunnivabrynnel.com/music/#

Sara Pajunen, born in Minnesota, was trained in classical violin.  Her life has been steeped in her Finnish culture, music, and tradition.  She was named 2015 Performer of the Year by the Finlandia Foundation National [FFN]. She received a bachelor degree in classical violin performance from the University of Minnesota and a Solo Studies degree from Stadia in Helsinki, Finland.  While there, Sara did an intensive study of Finnish folk music. www.sarapajunen.com

“With deep roots in the Swedish and Finnish folk music traditions, the duo of Sara Pajunen and Sunniva Brynnel perform traditional music from the two countries as well as original music rooted in tradition. Having met at the New England Conservatory, Sara Pajunen and Sunniva Brynnel found an instant musical kinship.

Sara’s violin and Sunniva’s accordion are sometimes playing like one voice and at other times complementing each other in sympathetic, melodious, and playful ways. Singing in Finnish, Swedish and English, the duo brings together their musical backgrounds and passions.” http://sunnivabrynnel.com/sara-pajunen-sunniva-brynnel-duo/

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