Karelian Kantele Tradition

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In the Footsteps of Wilho Saari

May 14, 2020


Wilho Saari, born in 1932 in Naselle, Washington, USA, is a fifth-generation kantele player down from the famous Finnish kantele icon Kreeta Haapasalo (1813-1893). Wilho’s parents came to the USA with the wave of Finnish immigration in the beginning of the 20th century: mother, Aili Lindström (1898–1981) from Rauma in 1911, and father, Wilho (Leppä)Saari […]


Peter Phippen & Arja Kastinen new album release May 19, 2020 – “Forest of a Thousand Songs”

May 08, 2020


The second collaboration album from Peter Phippen and Arja Kastinen is released on May 19, 2020. The album Forest of a Thousand Songs (TEMPS07) is published digital only. Journalists and album reviewers can also ask for a promotional CD from kantele(at)temps.fi. The album can be found on Spotify, Amazon etc. If you wish to support […]