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

August 03, 2020

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, […]


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 […]


The 11-String Kantele Guidebook, In Visible Vibration, now also as a downloadable file

March 30, 2020

The 11-string kantele guidebook In Visible Vibration is now available also as a downloadable pdf. At the Temps Store there are two options; you can get both the physical guidebook and the downloadable file + the Last Gathering CD for 19,00 € from here, or you can buy just the downloadable file for 9,99 € […]


Runosong Melodies on a 5-string Kantele

March 21, 2020

The Finnish-Karelian 5-string kantele played with the old plucking technique was a part of the ancient runosong culture. The kanteleplayers played the runosong melodies, improvised, and the instrument could also be used to accompany the runosongs. Old runosong melodies were published in two collections during the early 20th century: Inkerin runosävelmiä (Runosong melodies from Ingria, […]