The very best of Finnish folk fiddling!
Womex 2016: meet the representatives Riitta & Sirpa at the Finnish stand 1.71-1.74 at the level 1.
Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala have been playing together for over ten years in various settings! They started to play as a duo in October 2010, but before that they had played together in eg. Piia Kleemola & co and in dance and music production ’Silmu’ which fascinated audiences with its dancing fiddle players in Finland during years 2004-2007.
As a duo their aim became clear from the start: to search for great fiddle tunes from the archives – both written and audio – and to make the music of the old fiddler’s their own. They also share a passion for the inventive use of their five stringed nstruments which makes this fiddle duo very unique. As a result of these two passions their repertoir as a duo consists mainly of Finnish fiddle traditions gems arranged with a twist.
“Before this concert, I had not grasped what playing as a duo truly was. As musicians, they had an incredible connection with one another throughout the gig”
– Veikko Halmetoja, art gallerist and art critic
“I cried, I laughed, I bought the album. Marvellous gals, one of the best club gigs of my life!”
– Rosa Meriläinen, author
“The duo combines their familiarity with the tradition with a strong individual voice while, refreshingly, playing without too many frills. The focus is on the music; on drive and rhythm.”
– Amanda Kauranne, Finnish Broadcasting company
+358 44 301 3109
Womex 2016 representatives:
Riitta Huttunen, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 50 355 1036
Sirpa Lahti, email@example.com, +358 40 7384 736