Open Kantele Workshop Once a Month at the Helsinki Central Library Oodi

January 10, 2020

During the spring season 2020 there will be an open kantele workshop once a month at the Helsinki Central Library Oodi. No previous experience is needed. We will try out different playing techniques and make easy improvisations. Come and see different small kanteles and have fun playing along with others! The workshop is organized by […]


New information of three 19th century Karelian hollow kanteles in the National Museum of Finland

January 06, 2020

The new research of three Karelian 19th century hollow kanteles is now published as a PDF, but unfortunately only in Finnish. There are lots of detailed photos, though, for those who are interested in seeing them. These instruments are stored at the National Museum of Finland. Two of the instruments are hollowed out from the […]


Arja’s music in Stockholm on the 7th of Dec and in Espoo on the 13th of Dec, 2019

November 27, 2019

On Saturday, the 7th of December, 2019, Arja will play at Hosoi in Stockholm (Brunkebergstorg 6). The happening is organized by PLX and by Hosoi, and in addition to Arja there will also perform Lokey, Anton Ingvarsson (MMX), DJ Pickman (Monstercage), DJ Pinot Noir (Vårberg), Jim Carry On (SE/UKR) sekä DJ Sticky Tits & DJ […]


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- […]