A Unique Runoi’s Kantele Camp, June 16-20, 2021, in Mekrijärvi, Ilomantsi

January 03, 2021

Welcome to participate the unique kantele camp in the landscapes of the runosingers of Ilomantsi in June 16-20, 2021! This special workshop gives you the tools to combine the ancient runosong and the kantele with creative music making. You will be familiarized with the two most famous runosingers of Ilomantsi, Simana Sissonen and Mateli Kuivalatar, […]


Six Hours of Exploratory Improvisation – The Analysis

January 02, 2021

Arja’s analysis of the exploratory six-hour improvisation with the EEG-measurement in 2017 is now published at the Research Catalogue site. The analysis is available for download on the Research tab. Abstract Creativity is seen as a fundamental human capacity which also seems to be very sensitive in escaping scientifically controlled conditions. During the last decades, […]


Sa­tasarvi – Finnish Journal of Folk Music Research

December 30, 2020

The new scientific journal Satasarvi, published by the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department, is aimed at promoting the research and discussion of folk music in Finland and internationally. Read the news at the university’s site from here. The first journal was published Dec 21, 2020. It contains seven articles from […]


Kantele concert at the domicile of the runosinger Simana Sissonen, July 5, 2020

June 25, 2020

Arja Kastinen will play the museum kantele replicas and tell about their history and about the background of the music at the domicile of the runosinger Simana Sissonen in Mekrijärvi, Ilomantsi (Mekrijärventie 22, Ilomantsi) on the 5th of July, 2020, at 1 p.m. Simana Jyrinpoika Sissonen (1786–1848) was perhaps the last great runosinger of the […]


Peter Phippen & Arja Kastinen new album release May 19, 2020 – “Forest of a Thousand Songs”

May 08, 2020

The second collaboration album from Peter Phippen and Arja Kastinen is released on May 19, 2020. The album Forest of a Thousand Songs (TEMPS07) is published digital only. Journalists and album reviewers can also ask for a promotional CD from kantele(at) The album can be found on Spotify, Amazon etc. If you wish to support […]