A dive into the diversity in contemporary kantele music, vol. II – Kantele competition

Two weeks ago, I went to follow the third International Kantele Competition in Helsinki. I was mostly interested in the Open - category, which meant non-professional musicians over 15 years, as I would have fallen into the same category. The variety of performances was amazing: improvisation on a 15-string kantele, looping and effects with an... Continue Reading →

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Enchanted playing and Kalevala day activities with kids

The day of the Finnish national epic, Kalevala (first published in 1835), approached and passed on Saturday the 28th of February. To join the festivities, I went to play in a kindergarden on Wednesday of that week. Together with my cousin, we organised a half-an-hour session of playing and singing, and the kids could re-act... Continue Reading →

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