Institute of Folk Music
The cordophone has been played for thousands of years in Finland, evolving considerably over the last two centuries. Six of its performance configurations appear in this varied sampler of original compositions and arrangements of traditional tunes. Each kantele credit differs in either the total number of strings used (5, 15 or 36), the string material (metal or horsehair), or the playing technique applied (plucked or bowed). Hannu Saha's many colors of the kantele make this an especially complete encounter with the spirit of contemporary Finnish folk life, where olden takes its place liberally with modern. Arrayed around him in this substantial but not overdone production are a diverse group of instrumentalists and vocalists. String quartet, oboe, nyckelharpa, accordion and harmonica, add supplementary acoustic texture to the delicate palette of kanteles, but electrified bouzouki, fiddle, guitar and bass are also plugged into the scenery, sometimes for cadenzas, at others for atmospheric enhancement or foundation.
CD available at CDRoots"Cow dance" and "Song of a mating bird"
Traditional / Hannu Saha
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