Join us at the first Govan Folk University event of 2017.
Combining joik (traditional song), philosophy and stories from Sami and North-American indigenous traditions, Salmon Fairytale is about wonder and madness. Considering the amazing lifecycle of these beautiful creatures, the piece considers what connects salmon, philosophy, music and traditional storytelling, and asks: what has the industry done to the fish? We rebuild the age-old relation between humans and salmon.
We hope the performance will provide a platform for conversation about salmon and salmon farming, drawing links between communities in Canada, Norway and Scotland.
Georgiana Keable has been a pioneer for the rebirth of storytelling in Norway and England. After founding Fortellerhuset in Norway with prominent tellers from three different continents, she launched the Norwegian Storytelling festival in 2004. She has been teaching storytelling at Oslo University since 1997 and has led the work with dual-language stories since 2006. Wearing her tattered cloak, she walks outside the door onto the Pilgrim’s way with hundreds of teenagers each year. Georgiana is also a legend-hunter and tracks down stories reflecting our relation with nature. Georgiana has performed at festivals in India, England, Scotland, Switzerland, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iran. She recently received the Oslo Artist Prize for her outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Oslo. Her book „The Natural Storyteller” is due to be released in autumn 2017.
Torgeir Vassvik, the Nordic soundscape artist, grooves to the archaic trancelike joik of his people, the Coastal Sami. He combines animistic vocal tradition and percussion rituals of the 21st century, undertaking cool sound experiments. Torgeir is originally from Gamvik, a town in the northernmost edges of Norway, but is currently based in Oslo. Joik has inspired the Sami musician since childhood. He also grew up with the mandolin music of his father, and played in several indie rock groups in the earlier years of his musical explorations. These have shaped Torgeir into a unique live performer, and nowadays he is offering his music to audiences worldwide. Together with other musicians, he is combining different genres, ranging from classical to New Music. Torgeir has been called „the most innovative Sami musician of our times“ and the „new name at the big stages of the world“.
Martin Lee Mueller, PhD, received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oslo in 2016. Before that, he received his Master’s degree in Culture, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of Oslo’s Center for Development and the Environment (SUM). He has previously helped build teaching centers in rural Mongolia, worked as a kindergarten teacher, been an elementary school librarian, and led a wilderness school in the Norwegian forest. Born and raised in Germany, he now lives in Oslo together with his partner and daughter. His book «Being Salmon, Being Human» will be released in autumn 2017 by Chelsea Green Publishing.