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Oskar Stenmark Trio – in my Grandmother’s footsteps
June 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
In Gärdebyn, Dalecarlia, you will find an important and ancient music tradition. The small Swedish village has been a cultural hub for over two hundred years. Oskar Stenmark, a flugelhorn player, is the seventh generation in his family to pass on this tradition, much thanks to his (paternal) grandmother Elsie Börjes, who grew up in Gärdebyn. Elsie went on a U.S. tour with a group of fiddlers in 1956, when she was only 17 years old. 61 years later Oskar is recreating the tour by visiting Minneapolis, Rockford, Bishop Hill, Washington D.C. and New York. Coming to Chicago, also a stop on Elsie’s visit in 1956, the music moves from past to present. Together with Swedish bass player Lars Ekman and Ukrainian-American pianist Alex Pryrodny, the group will perform polskas, waltzes and walking tunes, mixed with a contemporary expression and sounds from New York.
Bring a brown bag lunch at noon to enjoy the concert that will start at 12.30 p.m. Suggested donation for the concert is $5.