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Scott And Johanna Hongell-Darsee
United States
Influences: Scandinavian , West European , North American
Genres: medieval ballads, traditional ballads, myths, legends, celtic
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About: International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico
About: From Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque, NM
About: Scott Darsee on bass
About: Johanna Hongell-Darsee
Scott and Johanna are a duo who perform early traditional Scandinavian/Celtic ballads and tales.

Their wanderings have led them from Finland and Iowa respectively - through Europe, Scandinavia, India, and the U.S. On the way they have picked up tales and songs that they perform together with the stories behind them, in particular exploring the links between Scandinavian, Celtic, North American and other story singing traditions.

Their performances have been described as magical, inspiring, haunting, mesmerizing ...

"... the Hongell-Darsees summon ancient characters from the depths of our collective unconscious and bid you take leave of the modern world and join your ancestors, huddled together in a hut around a fire as the storyteller makes the hair on your arms stand straight up." (Mel Minter, Musically Speaking, Albuquerque, NM)

Their recordings have been nominated for 3 New Mexico Music Awards and their songs can also be found on numerous traditional music compilations.

After relocating to New Mexico from Scandinavia in 2001, Scott and Johanna have performed all over the U.S. at festivals, theatres, arts councils, universities, schools, libraries, and live broadcasts including:

• Provincetown Playhouse and Scandinavia House, NYC
• Outpost Performance Space with AMP Concerts, Albuquerque, NM
• International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, NM
• Renaissance Faires: Medieval Fair of Norman, OK, Midsummers Fairytale Celtic Ren Fair, CA, Albuquerque Renaissance Faire, NM
• Folk/Celtic Festivals: Traditional Music Society, Los Angeles, CA; and Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival, NM
• Scandinavian Festivals: Estes Park, CO; Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; and Lindsborg, KS
• Storytelling Festivals: Los Angeles, CA; Four Corners, NM; Taos, NM; and Albuquerque, NM
• Universities: NYU; UNM, ENMU, San Juan College and College of Santa Fe, NM; UA; Coe College, IA
• NPR Affiliates, KUNM, KSFR, WFHB
• TV 2KASA Morning Show
• New Mexico Humanities Council – Inducted as scholars in 2005

Johanna (vocals, woodwinds, stringed instruments, research, translation, arrangements) was born in Finland. Apart from music she has a background in theater and dance. She studied theater in France and Bharata Natyam dance in India. She has worked as a performing artist for over 40 years in Scandinavia, Europe, India and USA.

Scott (stringed instruments, arrangements, composer) was born in USA. Before relocating to New Mexico, he spent 16 years in Europe, where parallel to his artistic work he worked with ballet companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, London Festival Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and Hamburg Ballet, and at Danish State School of Modern Dance.