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Saturday, September 28 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Jan Johansson & Friends

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Jan Johansson was born in Sweden and has been playing acoustic music since the age of 14. By the time he was 18, Johansson had mastered the guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. He came to the United States in 1986 to play traditional and bluegrass music. In 1989, he and Theresa Blue, a native of Carthage, NC, were married. Jan and Theresa later adopted four Russian children. In North Carolina, Johansson began working as a freelance translator and music instructor. He founded Johansson's Acoustic Music Studio (JAMS) to provide music instruction for people of all age groups interested in bluegrass and other forms of acoustic music. Focused on one-on-one personal instruction, JAMS has taught hundreds of acoustic musicians in and around North Carolina in guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and bass. Johansson has also worked extensively as a studio musician, contributing to albums such as Lorraine Jordan's Mandolin Rose and the Wells Family's On Destiny's Road. In 2001, Johansson was instrumental in organizing the Amazing Grace Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh. This event, which served as a fundraiser for orphaned children in Russia, brought together IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Sparks, the Lonesome River Band, and several other leading bands. The festival was complemented by a benefit album entitled The Amazing Grace Project, featuring music by many of the artists who appeared at the festival, as well as contributions from David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Hicks, Laurie Lewis, Butch Robins, and many others. A linguist by training, Johansson explains, "I believe my background [in linguistics] has played an important role in how I teach and communicate about music. Music and language both share a lot of common features--one of the most fascinating parallels is the fact that both systems are using a finite number of rules in order to generate an infinite number of meaningful phrases."


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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