Susanne Rosenberg


Susanne Rosenberg
Sweden

Susanne, folk singer, professor and Doctor of Music, has been a pioneer both in rediscovering the older Swedish style of folk singing and in using it in new artistic environments, involving cooperation with contemporary composers and directors.

Susanne Rosenberg, folk singer, professor and Doctor of Music, has been a pioneer both in rediscovering the older Swedish style of folk singing and in using it in new artistic environments, involving cooperation with contemporary composers and directors, and with her own groups (Rosenbergs Sjua- R7, Rotvälta), with which she has toured Europe, Asia and the United States.

Rosenberg has developed the folk singing environment in Sweden by innovative research in kulning (herding calls), folk song style, improvisation, etcetera. She is professor of folk singing at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (RCM). In 2013 she finished her artis­ tic doctoral studies, Kurbits–ReBoot: Swedish traditional singing in new artistic context. Rosenberg is presently leading an inter­disciplinary improvisation research project, Folk Song Lab, funded by The Swedish Research Council.

Susanne says: 'The traditional singing from Sweden includes, lullabies, love-songs, herding songs, ballads and diddling. It is a rich repertoire that includes non-metrical phrase singing, microtonality etc., with themes of love and exciting stories and poetic narratives. The herding song repertoire also includes calls and sounds that has it’s acoustic home in the nature. The tradition is mostly solo singing, but some intriguing polyphonic singing also exists. We will work with this different kinds of repertoire but with a focus on the non-metrical singing and herding music, including singing style and working with the folk singing voice.'