Kantele in Japan vol 2. Weather conditions and human connections

This is a shame. I am back in Japan, been living here more than a year, and not having written a single post. During that time, I have participated in two workshops here conducted by Finnish people. Last year a group of merry kantele players and hobbyists, the instrument maker and player Erkki Okkonen, kantele... Continue Reading →

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Collections of kantele music: Digital Archive of Finnish Folk Tunes

Related to my earlier posts, I wanted to also show at the very least one resource for finding kantele tunes online: the digital archive of Finnish folk tunes. The tunes have been collected at the end of the 19th century by the Finnish Literature Society and later digitalised by the Department of Music at the... Continue Reading →

About studying the kantele at a later age

In Finland, kids normally have their first touch to the kantele in music playschools, or by latest in the elementary school, thanks to the project that started in the 1980s, "Kantele to school!". Some kids continue studying in music academies and conservatories, and a few reach the highest level at Universities of Applied Sciences, or... Continue Reading →

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