19-23 juli. 5 dagar.

Different Paths is a genre-independent songwriting course led by Mattias Björkas. Together, we explore both modern and ancient approaches, techniques and working methods for composition and text writing. How can you in your own writing apply ideas from completely different musical traditions? In what ways can you use material that is beyond what you would normally listen to or read, even things that you perceive as irrelevant, boring and bad?

The course consists of seminars, writing assignments and song talks. All genres are welcome, but it is important that you bring what you need to be able to write on the mountain. There are instruments available to some extent, but feel free to bring your own equipment.

The course is suitable for you who have some experience of songwriting.

Date: July 19-23. 5 days.

Language: The language of instruction is Swedish, but the teacher can give feedback on texts written in English, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish as well.

Course leader: Mattias Björkas (FI)

Mattias Björkas is a musician, songwriter and frontman in the band Vasa's Flora & Fauna. The band debuted in 2015 with the critically acclaimed album Släkt med Lotta Svärd and has since released the albums Veneziansk afton (2017) and Möte med skogsgardisterna (2020), all praised by the critics. Mattias has also published the book "Vasa's flora and fauna's atlas" together with the photographer Thomas Ekström, an alternative atlas of Österbotten in Finland.