Connected Alone -Exposition in the Ruukku-Journal

September 30, 2022

RUUKKU-journal #18, Responsibility, published on the 30th of September, 2022, containes the exposition Connected Alone – An Ancient Musical Culture As a Tool For Self-Expression Today by Arja Kastinen. This exposition examines the possibilities and problems of using the elements of ancient musical culture for producing new music. It contains eleven video clips and associated […]


Two “Kanteletupa”-workshops in Helsinki in autumn 2022

September 28, 2022

The Kanteletupa-workshops will be held twice this autumn: October 15 and November 26 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Helsinki Mu­sic Cen­tre’s Ground Foyer. The third workshop will be held in January  (the time is still open). Welcome! The workshops will be part of the research project The Dialogue of Creativity. At the workshops, […]


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.