The Summer Yard of the National Museum, August 28, 2019

August 03, 2019

An evening of improvised Finnic folkmusic at The Summer Yard of the National Museum of Finland, during which you can participate in making music with on-site instruments, or by singing, if you wish. In addition, you can try out how to make easy instruments from recycled materials, explore town beekeeping and taste some honey, or […]


A new video on a rare 5-string kantele

July 12, 2019

A new video played on a rare and an unique 5-string kantele is now published on youtube. This instrument is the only known piece of a 5-string kantele model that was made in series by the kantele master Antero Vornanen in 1930’s. Antero Vornanen (1889–1937) was a famous Karelian kanteleplayer who also made small (5- […]


Two 5-string kanteles from the 19th century

July 03, 2019

There is a new video on Arja’s  youtube-chanel played on two 19th century 5-string kantele replicas. They are hollowed out from below in accordance with the northern models, and both are made by Rauno Nieminen. (Read more: The Polymorphic Kantele.) The 5-string kantele from Northern Ostrobothnia made by H. Roponen in 1893 is kept at […]


Turku Art Museum, June the 1st – Kanteleimprovisations and the Four Elements

May 25, 2019

Arja Kastinen will be playing kanteleimprovisations at the Four elements -exhibion at Turku Art Museum on the 1st of June from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can stay and listen for the time they want, and enjoy the art at the same time. Presenting classical and contemporary art side by side, the exhibition offers […]


RIIVATTU (AANIA-33)–The first single release of a new series

May 02, 2019

RIIVATTU (AANIA-33), single release (digit.) May 2, 2019. Published by Ääniä Records ( EAN 6430024090802. Musicians: Teppana Jänis (in 1916 and 1917) & Arja Kastinen (2019). Tracks: Ruohtalazen falssi (ISRC FI7KA1900023) Riivattu alias Ristakondra (ISRC FI7KA1900024) Comp. Teppana Jänis.                                                               Arrangements, recording & editing: Arja Kastinen. Noise reduction from the phonograph recordings & mastering:         […]