At the Silence Festival, June 10 and 11, 2022

May 27, 2022

This year’s Silence Festival in Kaukonen, Kittilä, Finland, offers two special performances connected to the ancient kantele improvisation. On Fri, June 10, Drop of a Light – Tom Collin & Arja Kastinen at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Premiere of a new cross-disciplinary collaboration created in Kaukonen village during the festival week. Floor acrobat Tom […]


Kantele of the Runosong Culture and the Dialogue of Creativity

March 16, 2022

The contents of Arja’s research project as a Visiting Researcher at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department, The University of Arts Helsinki, is now published on its own site. The project title is: Kantele of the Runosong Culture and the Dialogue of Creativity. The project examines kantele improvisation within the Finnish-Karelian runosong culture, its various […]



March 14, 2022

The album Forest of a Thousand Songs by Peter Phippen & Arja Kastinen is now available also on BandCamp. Some of the other released albums will probably be also added in BandCamp in the near future.


Runoi’s Kantele Camp Live Streams June 16-20, 2021

May 24, 2021

The events and lessons of the Runoi’s Kantele Camp can be followed online on the camp’s youtube-channel.  The events are free and the lessons are available via paid links. Live streaming by Jarmo Romppanen from Videotuotanto Vauhtiluiska Oy. Some events may be published retrospectively. The details of each stream will be informed closer to the […]


Teppana Jänis – Album release Feb 28, 2021

February 18, 2021

Teppana Jänis – Album release February 28, 2021 (AANIA-37). The transcriptions are published earlier in the book “KIZAVIRZI karjalaisesta kanteleperinteestä 1900-luvun alussa”. With the book the CD comes for free. The digital album can be found, for example, at Spotify. This is the very first audio release from Teppana Jänis (1850–1921). The original recordings were […]