Workshop "Improvisasjon" - Magnus Wiik
Workshop: Improvisation in folk music
In traditional music there always seems to be a certain degree of improvisation. But in many cases, this is something that is "just there", not very much talked about and not necessarily consciously practiced. One of the biggest challenges with improvisation in traditional music is maintaining the essence of the tune while improvising.
This workshop will try to address that, and to provide some tools that could be helpful for developing improvisational skills in traditional music. We will use some American fiddle tunes (probably!) as a starting point for this.
Bring your instruments or come to listen. I hope to make this accessible for all instrumentalists, including drummers! Be advised that the tunes will probably be in keys such as G, A and D. So if you play hardingfele you might want to tune down (then again, everything is possible!).
Originally a guitarist, Magnus Wiik now works just as much as a piano, banjo, mandolin and dobro player. Magnus cut his teeth on rock and metal in his teens before finding his way into jazz and improvisation in high school. At the same time, he discovered Irish folk music and bluegrass, and fell head over heels in love with both traditions.
Magnus has studied at both the jazz conservatory in Trondheim (taking a bachelor in jazz guitar) and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo (taking a master in performing jazz and improvised music). Prior to his studies he attended the Banff Int. Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, which had a profound impact on him as a musician. Along with his formal education Magnus has done a lot of traveling, seeking tuition and immersion in different traditions, leading to a number of trips to Ireland and USA, and a single (so far) trip to India. What characterizes Magnus as a musician is a curiousity and a stubborn persistance to learn new things.
Down the line Magnus has been touring extensively in Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Japan and Canada. He has performed in festivals all over Europe as well as in Tunisia and USA and recorded for BBC and NRK. He has been privileged to work with renowned musicians such as Stian Carstensen, Ola Kvernberg, Gerry O'Connor, Tony O'Connell, Shantala Subramaniam, Jake Jolliff, Alexandra Grimal and Wes Corbett to name a few. He has released seven albums as a leader or co-leader, six of which heavily featureshim as a composer as well. He has also done a fair share of sideman work and appears on a number of records as well as music for film and video games. In 2015 Magnus received Geir Digernes' Memorial Prize for his work as a musician.
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