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Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee's Midwinter Ballads
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Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.
Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee will present an evening of ballads, stories and songs of winter, light and darkness. Hear of the Gap-toothed Hag of The North stealing the sun, of an Irish hero sailing to Trollebotten, of complaining gnomes and of ghostly medieval choirs...
With Special Guest Christopher A. Carlson on violin
Scott and Johanna research, edit, translate, adapt and arrange traditional melodies and lyrics from Scandinavia, British Isles, Europe, India, and North America and perform them in their own unique way, using both modern and traditional instruments. They have released two award nominated CDs and are also featured on numerous compilation albums. Here is a quote from a review of their latest album:
"What to praise first? Johanna's lovely alto and her storytelling skill? Scott's evocative guitars? Their arrangements that mold ancient melodies to modern ears? The performances have a stylized, almost ritual quality, as the Hongell-Darsees summon ancient characters from the depths of our collective unconscious and bid you take leave of the modern world and join your ancestors, huddled together in a hut around a fire as the storyteller makes the hair on your arms stand straight up." (Mel Minter, Musically Speaking, Albuquerque, NM)
Johanna (vocals, woodwinds, jouhikko, research, translation, arrangements) was born in Finland. Apart from music she has a background in theater and dance. She studied theater in Paris, France and Bharata Natyam dance in Chennai, India. She has worked as a performing artist for over 30 years in Scandinavia, Europe, India and USA.
Scott (stringed instruments, arrangements, composer) was born in USA. Before relocating to New Mexico, he spent 16 years in Europe, where parallel to his artistic work he worked as a therapist at ballet companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, London Festival Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and Hamburg Ballet, and also taught at Danish State School of Modern Dance.
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