Folk Alliance International hosts The ExChange in Gothenburg, Sweden
Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented to Ale Möller
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Folk Alliance International (FAI), a global folk music organization based in Kansas City, USA, is proud to announce its first Nordic edition of The ExChange, to take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from April 9 to 11, 2018.
The event is a micro-conference for the folk music industry and is being held in collaboration the Music Export offices of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia. It is also made possible with the support of Bilda, Sweden’s adult educational association for music and culture, and through funding from Gothenburg & Co.
The purpose of The ExChange is to forge folk industry relationships, showcase export-ready music, celebrate legends, and strengthen networks internationally. Over two days delegates will take part in discussion panels, networking events, artist showcases. Activities will take place at the Folk and Pustervikvenues.
“The ExChange is intended to galvanize the interests of the Folk music industry,” explains Aengus Finnan, FAI’s Irish-Canadian Executive Director, “providing professional development, networking, and music export opportunities.”
The confirmed delegation includes over 50 artists, agents, managers, and festivals from each Nordic country, as well as Canada and the United States. Panel discussions will focus on the music ecology in each country, an industry overview of the North American market, an artist-led discussion of Scandinavian folk music, and a New Digital Business Models panel with speakers from Strum Live, Auddly, and Spotify.
Showcasing artists include West of Eden (Sweden), Maija Kauhanen (Finland), Ramy Essam (Egypt), Erlend Viken Trio (Norway), Trio Wolski (Sweden), Calvin Arsenia (US), Kira Skov (Denmark), Kolonien (Sweden), Victor & Penny (US), and Trad.Attack (Estonia).
FAI’s Nordic Representative, Åke Lundström states “We want to help build a stronger folk music industry bridge between Scandinavian countries, as well as increase the international work opportunities for our artists. The ExChange will also be our first meeting to discuss the formation of a Nordic Folk Alliance organization.”
Lifetime Achievement Award – Ale Möller
Since 1995, Folk Alliance International has presented Lifetime Achievement Awards each year to living, legacy, and academic/organizational recipients. Past recipients include Pete Seeger, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Harry Belafonte.
On Tuesday, April 10th the Folk Alliance International will honor iconic musician Ale Möller with a Lifetime Achievement Award, marking the first presentation to a Nordic recipient. A full list of past recipients can be viewed at: www.folk.org/lifetime.
About Ale Möller
Multi-instrumentalist and folk/world music pioneer Ale Möller will receive Folk Alliance International’s most prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday April 10, 2018 in Gothenburg.
Born in 1955, Möller has been expanding the borders of Scandinavian folk music in groups and/or projects such as Filarfolket, Nordan, Frifot, Stockholm Folk Music Big Band, and most recently, the Ale Möller Trio. Möller began in jazz with trumpet his primary instrument, and then fell in love with Greek music and the Swedish folklore tradition, especially from the province of Dalecarlia. Improvisation is a hallmark component of Möller’s music and he has been a central figure in the search for new directions and sounds in Swedish folk music.
In addition to continued touring, Ale composes music for films and theater, he is a professor of World Music in Sweden, Finland and Denmark, he has served as an advisor for legendary Senegalese singer and Polar Music Prize recipient, Youssou N'Dour. Möller is a recipient of the Sir George Martin award, eight Swedish Grammy awards, and several medals from His Majesty the King of Sweden.
About Folk Alliance International
Established in 1989, Folk Alliance International (FAI) is a USA based non-profit with more than 3,000 members worldwide and a mission “to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community - traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional – through education, advocacy, and performance.”
FAI’s year-round services and promotion include producing the world’s largest gathering for the folk music industry and community of artists, record companies, publishers, presenters, agents, managers, music support services, and manufacturers. The annual event includes a five-day conference with daytime panels and evening showcases, the Louis Jay Meyers Music Camp, the International Folk Music Awards Show, and the Kansas City Folk Festival.
FAI’s annual conference is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music and draws 2850 registrants from over 30 countries. The 31st edition will be held February 13-17, 2018, at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel, in Montréal, Canada.
For more information visit: www.folk.org
Folk Alliance International Media Contacts
Communications Manager (USA)Nordic Representative (Sweden)
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