Maria W Horn & Sara Parkman present Funeral Folk

Norbergfestival hosts the premiere concerts of ‘Funeral Folk’, a new work written by Swedish composers and musicians Maria W Horn and Sara Parkman.

Funeral Folk was originally composed for the dance performance Funeral created by Mattias Lech and Lisen Ellard. It explores the rituals of grief and the musical phenomenology of death and loss, and the place they have in a de-ritualised and dying civilisation. Learning lamentation techniques from Finnish Karelia, used for expressing personal and collective grief and sung at funerals to guide the deceased on their last journey, Parkman and Horn extended on these techniques with a wide range of instruments. Violins, synths and zithers. Distorted electric guitars, hurdy-gurdy and Mellotrons. Choir arrangements and rusty cowbells. Friends and colleagues became involved in different stages of the process that became Funeral Folk.

Maria and Sara’s musical relationship dates back to playing in the same teenage band in their hometown of Härnösand. In making Funeral Folk they rebound to this shared background after a decade of separate musical paths, resulting in an array of influences ranging from minimalist spectral music to Finnish folk and black metal. 

Sara Parkman is a violinist, singer and composer focused on Swedish folk music. In her recent releases, she explores her Christian heritage—the sacred music that has been a part of her family for many generations. Done with both doubt and conviction, passion and glory, Parkman takes in careful consideration the dirt and deviations that may normally not be visible or welcome within these sacred rooms. 

Maria W Horn is a contemporary composer and synthesist employing instrumentation ranging from analog synthesizers to choir, string instruments, pipe organ and chamber music formats. Her music is often based on minimalist structures, exploring the inherent spectral properties of sound and its ability to transcend time and space, reality and dream.

Funeral Folk is performed at Norbergfestival 2022 by Maria W Horn, Sara Parkman, Mats Erlandsson, Brenda El Rayes and Katarina Henryson.