Help Amy Buy A Nyckelharpa!

$1,000 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 40 months
Amy Hakanson  PORTLAND, OR
Hello friends! I am currently trying to raise some money to help me buy a Nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish folk instrument. I have dreams of creating a music project combining Scandinavian and American folk music, which I cannot fully pursue until I have access to some Scandinavian instruments.

The Nyckelharpa is a bowed instrument with 4 main strings and 12 resonating strings. It is keyed, meaning there are keys that the left hand presses which fret the main strings from the side (instead of pressing down on the string with the fingers of the left hand, like a violin). It is a beautiful instrument with a beautiful sound, and I have wanted to play one since seeing the band Väsen when I was 14. Please look them up, even if you don't donate - they are amazing.

Since visiting Iceland this summer, my interest in Scandinavian folk music has progressed to an obsession. I am learning Norwegian - jeg snakker litt Norsk - and plan to move across the Atlantic to learn more about the roots of Scandinavian fiddle culture sometime within the next few years.

I want to create a music project combining the music I love. I think that the banjo and the Nyckelharpa belong in a band together, and I fully intend to make that happen. Any donation towards that end will be greatly appreciated, and I will be eternally grateful.

I have an instrument picked out - a Nyckelharpa made by a luthier in Wisconsin (Earl Holzman, of Holzman Folk Traditions).

For some examples of my musical-ness, and to prove that I don't want this instrument to hang on my wall, here are some links to videos of me playing the fiddle.

I am the small one with short hair.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwSJw-PI1po
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oxzpokF88w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfdA4Ho4WSA
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$1,000 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 40 months
Created November 30, 2013
MI
$270
Mitch iimori
38 months ago

Looking forward to listening to beautiful music!

JM
$100
Joel Magoun
38 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1UB7XDBz-I

JH
$150
John & Helen Hakanson
39 months ago

You go girl!

MN
$10
Michael Nordstedt
39 months ago

Nice video!

$50
Andrew Bray
39 months ago

I am sooo proud of you, and I believe a world where you make the music your heart wants to make is a better world because of it.

PG
$20
Patrick Gunning
39 months ago

Making a selfish investment in future Vasen in Wintergrass stairwells... See you in six weeks! Patrick

CP
$10
Clay Powell
39 months ago

Hope you've been doing well and enjoying life Amy!

LH
$50
Lou Hakanson
39 months ago

Can't wait to hear you play your nyckelharpa!

RH
$20
Riley Hooper
39 months ago

Yay!

SH
$150
Susan Hatlevig
39 months ago

Here's to your future in Norway and Sweden.

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