Swedish Folk Music: The Polska
Aaron Seeman

In this workshop we will learn about the Polksa, a complex and rich form of folk music unique to Sweden. The class will learn about the form in general, as well as learning to play a simple Polska (bring your instruments!)

Aaron Seeman has been playing klezmer on accordion for 10-15 years, as well as writing music inspired by Jewish and klezmer music. He plays accordion in The Red Hot Chachkas, was a founding member of Fishtank Ensemble, plays accordion in "Polkacide", and solo accordion under the stage name "Duckmandu." He leads a monthly accordion workshop at the Accordion Apocalypse (accordion repairs and sales) in San Francisco. The workshop subjects alternate between klezmer, Swedish folk music, punk rock, rock, and Balkan music. Over the course of each workshop, the class learns about the accordion, the music at hand, and learns to play a song on the subject of the workshop. He has been leading accordion workshops for seven years.