The new project has started: re-publishing the old phonograph recordings

March 08, 2019

Finally, after dreaming about this for over a decade, the project of re-publishing some of the old phonograph recordings of Karelian kantele players has come true, and the work has started. The amount of work will be huge, and the project will probably last for several years, but the results will be published bit by […]


New music on Soundcloud – Trio Alison Melville-Ben Grossman-Arja Kastinen

January 03, 2019

In November of 2018 I had the possibility to visit Toronto and make some new music with two amazing musicians, Alison Melville and Ben Grossman.  We improvised several sessions together before the actual concerts and now an edited compilation is online on Soundcloud.


Kantele Concert in Tampere at the Auki Yogaschool on the 27th of October 2018

October 21, 2018

On the coming Saturday, 27th of October, there will be Arja’s kantele concert at the Auki Yogaschool in Tampere (Petsamonkatu 14). The concert starts at 6 p.m. The music is an hour lasting improvisation in the spirit of the old, Karelian kanteleimprovisation. The public can sit or lay down on the floor of the yoga […]


Väikekandle Festival 13.10.2018

October 08, 2018

The Pulsti Academy (Pulsti opistu) organizes a small kannel festival on the 13th of October, 2018. Before the official opening there will be a workshop about Karelian kanteleimprovisation (led by Arja) at 11.00 a.m. The Program: At 1 p.m. – Opening in the Vanalinna Muusikamaja At 2 p.m. – Different workshops lead by Kadri Lepasson, […]


A Special Kantele Weekend, August 10-12, 2018

May 24, 2018

More info at: New bows ready for the summer courses: