Two 5-string kantele replicas á la Billy Horne

March 30, 2018

Billy (aka Ivan Leslie) Horne is a very patient man. It must be a year ago (or 2?.. what -3?!! ..Ok, now I’m blushing..) when he gave me two 5-string kantele replicas for experimenting. The other has bronze strings and the other steel strings. Then somehow they were hidden behind the ever growing mountain of […]



October 08, 2017

I have been given the opportunity to participate in composing pedagogy (SÄPE) training this autumn as one of the tutors. The education is organized by  the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences with the support of the Finnish National Board of Education. The Sibelius Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki and the University of Helsinki will serve […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]