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Sunniva Abelli:

Framåt! /Forward

(SAM001 2014) 

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Tradpunkt "Dansar här" Liveinspelning med dansare 2018


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About / Biography

Sunniva Abelli 

Swedish Nyckelharpa player, singer and composer of contemporary folk music with roots in Nordic traditions. Also known for her poetic lyrics and dynamic, groovy playing and a unique personal style using feet, voice and dancing while playing the Nyckelharpa.

Presence, space, playfulness and rhythmic groove are strong elements in Abelli’s music. Born into folk music within a family full of artists, she has a rich knowledge of traditional music from the north and holds an artistic master’s degree in Nordic folk music. She has toured Scandinavia, Europe and Japan with various ensembles and solo.

Based in Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden.


2013-2015 the Royal College of Music in Stockholm: 

Nordic Master in Folk Music (Degree of Master of Arts). Master thesis: ”How to become a musical super-tool – to play, dance and sing with the Nyckelharpa”

2009-2012 the Royal College of Music in Stockholm: 

Degree of Bachelor of Arts - Swedish Folk Music. Main instrument: Nyckelharpa. Bachelor thesis: ”Röst och Stråke – Examenskonsert”

2006-2007 Eric Sahlström Institutet, one year course in traditional Nyckelharpa playing and Swedish Folk Music. 

2003-2006 Stockholms Estetiska Gymnasium. Upper secondary school – Music programme with focus on music production and a wide variety of music genres.