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Emma Björling and Petrus Johansson: Traditional Songs from Sweden
July 22, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDTFree
This free noon concert is presented by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress as part of the Center’s “Homegrown at Home” concert series. These concerts will stream on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page on Wednesdays from June 24 to September 30. Artists will be present in the chat area to say hello and answer questions during the concert and for a few minutes after it ends. Videos will also be posted online at www.loc.gov/concerts/folklife and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel.
Emma Björling (vocals) is one of the foremost singers of Swedish folksongs performing today. She is a member of the bands Lyy and Skye Consort with Emma Björling, as well as vocal groups Kongero and Baravox. She has also toured extensively with the well-known Swedish folk band Ranarim. Emma has been singing in choirs since the age of six, and studied both jazz and classical music before following her heart back to the traditional music she first heard her grandfather play on the fiddle. She holds university degrees in Swedish traditional music (Royal College of Music in Stockholm), voice pedagogy, music theory, and ensemble teaching (Ingesund College of Music). Emma teaches at a folk music college and at The Department of Music and Media in Piteå, conducts workshops in traditional Swedish music, and writes arrangements for choirs and vocal groups.
Petrus Johansson (guitar) got his interest in music from his father, who was a professional flute player. Petrus started playing guitar and bass, mostly jazz and rock, when he was quite young. During his University studies he met Emma, and together they started playing Swedish traditional music. This led to a greater interest in the guitar as a folk music instrument, using it to provide bass lines. He is a trained guitar and bass teacher and has worked at Ingesund College of Music and several music schools. He also works as a freelance musician and has played with Mats Berglund, Svante Turesson and others.