Finnish Lament Traditions, Ancient and Modern: Expressing Emotion through Song

Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
UN UN 224 Maccrate Recital Hall
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Nelson, Kerry
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Hurford Humanities Center
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https://ems-web.quaker.haverford.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=39212

 

Finnish Lament Traditions, Ancient and Modern: Expressing Emotion through Song

Songs for the Dead Opening Performance by Pirkko Fihlman and Virve Kallio

Thursday, March 23, 2017

5:00 p.m.

MacCrate Recital Hall, Union Music Building

Haverford College


This event features two Finnish lament artists, Pirkko Fihlman and Virve Kallio, who are working on the study, preservation, and revival of traditional lament practices in Finland, as part of Äänellä itkijät ry (The Finnish Lament Society).


In 1998 Pirkko Fihlman began leading lament courses, and in 2001 she founded Äänellä itkijät ry ('The Finnish Lament Society'), to promote and perform traditional Finnish lament. Fihlman has served as chairperson since its establishment. The society brings together lament practitioners, anthropologists, and ethnomusicologists to perform, preserve, and teach the art of traditional Finnish lament. Äänellä itkijät ry has held more than forty lament courses in the Nordic nations and in Europe, with over 600 participants. In addition to the courses, the society also organizes symposia, lectures, and concerts.


Free and open to the public.

Full symposium schedule at hav.to/songsforthedead.


Part of Songs for the Dead:Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Lament and Elegy, the Hurford Center’s 2017 Mellon Symposium, March 23-24 at Haverford College.


Organized by Kristen Mills, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of English. Sponsored by the Hurford Center’s Tuttle Creative Residencies Program and the Distinguished Visitors Program.


Image: Kuva © Klaus von Matt.


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