Susanne Rosenberg is one of Sweden’s foremost folk singers today, exhibiting a wide range of vocal expressions, from her focus at folk singing techniques, such as kulning, extending to baroque, jazz and contemporary art music. Susanne Rosenberg has been a pioneer in both rediscovering the older Swedish style of traditional singing, as well as using it in new artistic environments, involving cooperation with Sweden’s foremost contemporary composers e.g. Karin Rehnqvist and directors e.g. Peter Oskarsson and Philip Zandén. She has started some of Swedens more famous folk music groups, such as Rosenbergs Sjua and Rotvälta, has toured Europe, Asia and US several times. She has been a soloist i Ryuichi Sakamotos Opera L I F E in Japan during 1999 and is represented on a number of records since the early eighties until today. She received the prestigious Kristallpriset of year 2000 for her work in Swedish music life and in 2001 she participated in Sonic Convergence together with among others Quincy Jones and Clark Terry. She is Professor of folk singing at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) where she since 2005 also is head of Department of Folk Music. In 2006 she started her artistic doctoral studies – Kurbits – ReBoot, Swedish traditional singing in new artistic context (2006-2013) – which has lead to e.g. the much-acclaimed soloperformance/solo CD ReBoot/OmStart (2008), performance and CD Getens horn (2012), solo-performance Voice Space(2013) and the elaborate research project Folk Song Lab (2014-). In 2011 Susanne received the prize Årets Traditionsbärare at the Folk- och Världsmusikgalan. Since 2016 she is a member of the Royal Academy of Music.
Brigitte Kloareg is a traditional singer from Brittany who spent twenty years in the British Isles.
A fluent Welsh-speaker, she has sung with various Welsh bands at the fore-front of the traditional music revival in Wales.
She moved back to Brittany in 1999 and is very active on the music scene both as a performer (concerts, poetic recitals, dances, singing sessions…) and as a voice and dance teacher in music schools as well as at the University of Western Brittany where she teaches Welsh as well as courses on oral traditions in the English language.
She is a versatile performer working solo or in small line-ups (including her two daughters) and/or musicians (harp, flutes, melodeon, accordion, bandoneon, percussions, fiddle…). She sets contemporary poetry to her own music and gives poetic recitals. She performs in Breton, French, Welsh, English and Creole. One of her most recent venture has been to adapt stories from the Kalevala into tales in the French language. She has also started adapting them into Breton.
She is very involved in promoting the oral heritage of the south-west of Brittany by collecting songs and music, organizing events and producing CDs showcasing traditional songs in the Breton langage while remaining open to the outside world and its influences. She has a repertoire of ballads from the English, Irish, Scottish, Breton and French traditions.
Maija Karhinen-Ilo graduated as a Doctor of Music from the Sibelius Academy in 2016, on the subject of ballads and multidisciplinary musicianship. She has studied Finnish ballads tradition extensively, and approached it from the perspective of a performer, experimenting with different forms of performance. She’s been inspired by the versatile medieval leikari-musicians, scandinavian ballad dancing and modern international ballad music. Karhinen-Ilo has a strong pedagogic working history, and she’s working as an assistant principal to Käpylä School of Music’s folk music department. She performs with the band Freija, and solo with her own ballad-programme.
Dmitri Paramonov is a researcher of culture and Russian traditional culture’s prestigious expert. He’s also a musician, a scholar of various Russian traditional instruments and an instrumentalist, runosinger and a known guslist. Paramonov leads the Gusli Playing School of Moscow and is a teacher at the gusli academy.
Maija Pokela is a folk musician who plays different sized kanteles and sings. She has been touring as a musician and teacher in Finland and abroad with ensembles like Kardemimmit and ENKEL. Maija is fascinated by the natural connection between folk music and dancing – how to make the kantele playing sound as danceable as possible!
Vilma Timonen is a Lecturer in Folk Music at Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts. Her extensive career as a pedagogue and musician comprehends working in various fields of education as well as being one of the pioneers bringing traditional Finnish folk instrument Kantele into new musical environments.