Posts tagged "Folk music"
The kantele - outside the box

The kantele – outside the box

Today, the kantele inspires composers and performers across genre boundaries. Musician Maija Kauhanen and composer Adina Dumitrescu discuss the instrument from their respective perspectives.
The kantele – not exclusively Finnish

The kantele – not exclusively Finnish

Finns never fail to point out that the kantele is Finland’s national instrument. But there are kantele-like instruments elsewhere too, and it is only recently that they have begun to be studied more thoroughly. The official status of kanteles varies from one country to another.
Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

When Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha came on stage in the Horta Hall of Bozar in Brussels, as part of the 11th edition of Balkan Trafik!, they delivered what could be expected from them: energetic and exciting Balkan music with a subtle twist.
Frigg - Live at De Doelen, Rotterdam

Frigg – Live at De Doelen, Rotterdam

"I was particularly impressed with the way they manage to blend different styles into an amalgam that is distinctly their own. The music is obviously rooted in Nordic and Celtic traditions, but Frigg has also been strongly influenced by American Newgrass."
Collective resonance

Collective resonance

“If you look far enough back in any culture, music is born out of many different aspects and influences, including the physical environment that you live in. This is the key for me, finding your own points of connection with your culture, whatever that might be,” says widely travelled multi-instrumentalist Nathan Riki Thomson.
Conquering the tradition

Conquering the tradition

In the heart of folk music is an idea of equality: professionals and amateurs playing the same repertoire, each at their own skill level, as valued members of the community. However, gender equality is an issue that still seems to need some fine tuning...
FMQ Autumn 2016 Notes & Letters: From second class citizenship to the conductor's podium

FMQ Autumn 2016 Notes & Letters: From second class citizenship to the conductor’s podium

Baroque violinist and conductor Kreeta-Maria Kentala writes about how attitudes towards baroque music and female conductors have changed during her career.
Poignant, witty, thoughtful

Poignant, witty, thoughtful

Poignant, witty, agile, mischievous, thoughtful, beautiful: this is Timo Alakotila and his piano, alone at last.
A true sound garden

A true sound garden

Sometimes a record gives you the impression of sneaking into a secret place, in this case maybe a small house in the forest with a light scent of smoke in the walls.
Pillar of the Finnish folk music community

Pillar of the Finnish folk music community

Tallari succeeds in transforming into whatever it wishes, something always remains – the fundamental lilt and the soulful playing.
A Finnish wedding night

A Finnish wedding night

A delightfully fresh debut disc of originals in the spirit of trad plus new takes on folk music, both instrumental and with vocal seasoning.
Folk music concertante

Folk music concertante

The second album of Karuna, a trio of accordion, piano and nyckelharpa, is even more stylish and secure than their debut. The musicians are all superb: Teija Niku (acc), Juha Kujanpää (pf) and Esko Järvelä (nyckelharpa).