Kantele of the Runosong Culture and the Dialogue of Creativity

This is Arja's research project as a Visiting Researcher at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department, The University of the Arts Helsinki, from September 15, 2021 to July 31, 2023. The project examines kantele improvisation within the Finnish-Karelian runosong culture, its various manifestations in its original context, and its possibilities and dimensions in modern times. This includes research into instruments, tunes, culture, history and improvisation. The aim is to bring out information on how this particular way of making music can be used not only to create new music but also to use as a tool in various workshops and e.g. in music education.

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