H y g g e S e s s i o n s
Hygge (HOO-Gah) is the Danish word for “cosy” or “comfortable”
These informal music concerts connect people together through food and drink, audience participation, and talks from musicians.
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What are Hygge Sessions?
A concert series of music that connects people together through audience participation, informal settings, and talks from the musicians.
Created and directed by Erik Fauss amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, this project started virtually and seeks to address worldwide feelings of isolation and fear. Expect the unexpected. This is not a typical classical music event. Preconceptions of “audience” and “performer” are challenged, and participants are encouraged to share their feelings and responses to the music. Performers may speak about the repertoire, ask questions to the audience, and/or remain available after the concerts for questions and conversation.
What is hygge?
Roughly translated as “cosiness,” it is a Danish word used to express feelings of contentment, wellness, and conviviality. The term may have stemmed from the Old Norse word “hygga” or “hugge,” meaning to embrace, hug, or comfort. Today it is a way of life that is practiced throughout Scandinavia, especially during the long and dark winter months. Friends and family gather together in blankets and fluffy pillows around candles and fairy lights, drinking hot chocolate or mulled wine, and delighting in a cheerful camaraderie with one another. It’s a time to indulge, rest, and rejuvenate.
Countdown until Hygge Session 7.0
“Elegy” for Solo Viola, by Igor Stravinsky
Prelude for Solo Piano, by Dmitri Shostakovich
“Nocturne” arr. For Viola and Piano by Peter Tchaikovsky
“Lachrymae: Reflections on a Song of Dowland (If my complaints could passions move)”
for Viola and Piano by Benjamin Britten
Sonata in F for Viola and Piano by Paul Hindemith
Sonata for Viola and Piano by Dmitri Shostakovich
Meet the Musicians!
Hygge Sessions features Erik Fauss and Lilly Vadaneaux
Lilly is a pianist, singer and composer currently studying music at Clare College, Cambridge as a Choral Scholar. She attended Junior Guildhall School of Music from 2011 to 2021, and has studied piano with Stephen Coombs and Andrew Bottrill, and composition with Paul Whitmarsh. Lilly was a Lutine Prize finalist at Guildhall in 2021, and she has twice been a finalist of the Charlton House Young Artist Award and twice a winner of the Jacques Samuel Piano Competition Composition Prize. Lilly has a passion for playing chamber music, especially collaborating with singers, and as a composer and is particularly drawn to setting texts. She has won numerous composition awards, including the NCEM Young Composers Award in 2013 and 2018 and the 2016 CASS Saxophone Composition Prize, and many of her works have received public performances. Lilly has also been commissioned to write new works for the West Wicklow Festival (2019) in Ireland and the Opera Cameratina Festival (2022) in Dorset.
Erik Fauss is an award-winning violist, songwriter, and artistic director currently freelancing in London. He studied music in California, Vienna, and recently finished his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music. Active in his faith, he works as the worship and outreach minister with East Sheen Baptist Church and performs regularly with the Kings Chamber Orchestra (a professional Christian ensemble). He recently formed an indie-folk band with Audrey Tambudzai, and the two are currently producing their first album. Having finished a research project on audience-performer dynamics, he is now launching a chamber concert series called Hygge Sessions that seeks to break down the barrier between performer and audience through informal settings, facilitated discussion, and improvisation. Fauss hopes to continue creating and collaborating with other artists.