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Jennie Tiderman-Österberg

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Jennie Tiderman-Österberg

Om Jennie Tiderman-Österberg


Jennie Tiderman-Österberg is an ethnomusicologist at Dalarnas museum in Falun, Sweden and a opera-, gospel- and folksinger on a freelance basis. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree at Stockholms University 2009 and then Master of Science and Master of Arts at The School of Music, Theatre and Art, Örebro University, 2010 and 2011. All degrees in the major of musicology.

Jennie lives in Borlänge, Dalarna, Sweden.


Jennie's research project is about nordic herding music, with focus on herding calls - "kulning". In specific areas in the nordic countries it was (approximately between the years 1550 - 1920) a rule, not a choice, to move the cattle to the pastures in the mountains so that the landscape that surrounded the farms could be used for growing wheat, oat, rye and so on. The women of the family moved with the cattle to the smaller farms in the mountains called "fäbod" ("fä" - animal/cattle. "bod" - house/shed) When the cattle grazed in the forests in the mountains, you had to find a way to call on them and also a way to send messages to other shepherds. For this purpose melodies and sounds from cowhorns, wooden horns (näverlur) and vocal shouts (kulning) were used. 

Today, kulning is used as an artistic expression for singers both within the genre of traditional folk music and from oher genres. The herding calls are described as a powerful tool to express both cultural identity and internal, personal emotions. But what does a musical experience of performing kulning consists of and how is meaning created throughout this experience? 

Jennie's research is within the field of the affective turn in ethnomusicology and the focus is a nomadic multi-layered sonic experience in a plurality of musical realities, that takes off with Gilles Deleuze's theories of affect and the affected body.

Reseach project:

Kulning: embodiment, empowerment and in-motion - the nomadic multi-layered sonic experience in a plurality of musical realities