We are proud to bring you Anna Fält with her first two singles “Sauna” and “Puun loitsu”. Available for download and streaming on all the usual services like iTunes / Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, etc. now!
Anna Fält talks about her music and the project:
“This is the first single called SAUNA and it is an old sauna spell text I wrote music to years ago when composing to the dance performance ¡RÅ!. The new piece is is a modified version of the original I made last fall to a special gig at my favorite sauna, Ribersborgs Kallbadhus in Malmö.”
“The other single, PUUN LOITSU, is based on the ancient singing traditions of the so called Finnskogarna in Sweden, forrests that were colonized by the mysterious Forrest Finns. This is a spell for a tree and it is one of the first songs I composed to my solo performance Finnskogarnas magi. It is also the only song on the upcoming album where we took advantage of studio technics and recorded several tracks so that the recorded version differs from the live one. Otherwise the whole album is all about one voice, a cappella solo singing, stripped, minimalistic and simple. Just the way I like it.”
“March 2015 I received two grants to start working with a project in which I am studying the ancient singing traditions collected from the so called “Finnish forests” in Sweden (and a bit behind the border in Norway). These forests were unsettled until about 1600’s when thousands of Finns came and started burning down the forests, making them into fields with their special technique. Still in 1960’s there were a few people who could the old songs and traditions and spoke Finnish; they had preserved the dialect and traditional songs that had vanished in Finland.
So far I’ve been in Värmland, middle of Western-Sweden where the Swedish “Finnskogarna” still have old houses left and a culture centre/museum in Lekvattnet. I’ve visited several old “Finnish houses” and I also got the possibility to travel to Norway to sing at the annual Finnskogdagene festival 2015. After this I’ve been back in these places several times.
The opening night of my solo performance “Finnskogarnas magi” was Thursday (a magical day of the week in the Forest Finns old tradition!) 19/11.2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. The next show was also in Stockholm at Teater Slava Friday 9/12 and the first show in Finland was 17/12 .
Finnskogarnas Magi is an on-going project, which will continue it’s journey. Summer 2016 I performed at Sommelo Folk Music Festival and gave a lecture about this tradition. The seminars, lectures and research work will continue alongside the upcoming performances. 2017 I gave a workshop on these songs at Urkult festival in Sweden and performed Finnskogarnas magi for the 5th time, of course on a Thursday… I’ve had several solo concerts with this material, for example at the Faroe Islands and Iceland.”
For more information please visit www.annafalt.com
Anna Fält, vocals. Graphics by Emma Fält.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Per Tidstrand.