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The performance of the kantelegroup “Naantalin Aino-tytöt” on the 9th of September, 2017

September 10, 2017

The traditional Kun hämärtää ( ~ as the autumn twilight comes) concert in Naantali was organized this year under the title “One-hundred-year-old Finland”. In honor of the celebration of the year, a large group of Naantali Aino girls was assembled, attended by both current and former Aino girls. At the Naantali Church Concert on September […]

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The two small kantele weekends in summer 2015 at the wonderful Kortisto organic farm

May 29, 2015

The summer and the kantele courses are approaching! Yesterday I visited the Kortisto estate  – the venue for the coming weekend courses – and here you can see some fresh photos. The place is wonderful; a hand-hewn log house (space and double rooms on two floors), a dining room with big windows, a veranda, a […]

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A Kokle – Visiting the school of Druviena in Latvia, November 2014

January 09, 2015

In November 2014 I got the opportunity to follow the folk tradition and folk music education at the school of Druviena in Latvia. The journey was an unforgettable experience full of wonderful concerts, and as well children’s as professional musician’s thrilling performances. We visited some local luthiers and got to know especially the work of […]

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Experimenting with three different brass wires

October 18, 2014

Last April I did some experiments with different brass and bronze strings on the 5-string kanteles made by Billy Horne. Now I made some new experiments with the Suojärvi replica (#1 in the previous experiment) in which the sound box is made of birch, the top plate of spruce.  In this experiment I tried three […]

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Kantele workshops at the Retreat Center Pohjolan Valo

September 06, 2014

The Retreat Center  Pohjolan Valo organized kantele workshops during two weekends this summer in Rymättylä, Naantali, at the beautiful Suikkila estate. The main building is from the 1850’s, and the 30 hectares of land belonging to the estate is partly located by the sea and by the protected lake. The workshops were meant for adults […]

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