The Last Gathering
October 23, 2013
Arja’s fourth solo album (2012). 15,00 € (incl. VAT 24%). When buying the 11-string kantele guidebook, In Visible Vibration, this cd comes for free! Listen to The Last Gathering.
“By now, Kastinen is probably one of the best known Kantele players worldwide. She is a real master on this string instrument from Finland and with this new solo album she shows exactly why. Somehow this new album has a more powerful and mystic character than her last one. It’s amazing how many sounds, rhythms, styles and emotions Kastinen gets out of this ancient instrument. Her eleven new compositions bewitch the listener and change from calm, almost like instrumental lullaby’s, to more innovative, modern sounding and complex compositions. With passion Kastinen plays her several types of Kantele and is the best ambassador an instrument can wish for.” – Eelco Schilder, Folkworld #48, 07/2012.
“Arja Kastinen is an artist that has mastered the many faces of the kantele. Beyond the normal plucking, she has embraced improvisation and created a layered sound experience that will take you away from the stresses of the everyday world into a place of myth and magic. The Last Gathering is a painting of rich audible colors that will enrapture you with the depth of sound and harmonics.” Dana Wright, Muzik Reviews, Dec 2012
Reviews from Adolf Goriup and Karsten Rube: FolkWorld #48 07/2012