Musica Nova

I received an invitation to a concert at the Musica Nova Festival for contemporary music in Helsinki. The Boulanger Trio from Germany (Karla Haltenwanger – piano, Birgit Erz – violin, Ilona Kindt – cello) played compositions of Carter, Staudl, Jarrel, Hosokawa and Shepherd. I am no expert on comtemporary classical music, so I went with…

Finnish Voices

It’s dark again. This means: you need inner power. I found this video of a concert of Naiskuoro Timotei, a Finnish Women’s choir. They sing  traditional music and wear traditional costumes of their area. I think the power they present is very impressive. The quality of the recording is not so great, but I hope…

Melancholic and fierce

Finnish traditional music also mirrors the quietness of nature. This song has accompanied me for many years: Olin sairas …kun luokseni saapuit. Singer is Anna-Kaisa Liedes, now head of folk music department at Sibelius Academy. From the area of Karelia, which now lies mostly in Russia, this somewhat more lively piece: Lannen Lokari , performed…

Haitari music

Summer is inevitably also coming to Finland and with it comes music festivals all over the country. The Finnish music scene is very diverse. Haitari, the accordion or rather the Russian bayan-type version of it, is found regularly in Finnish Folk music. Here are five different musicians with very different performances. I like them all.…