Maija Kauhanen — One-woman folk orchestra
Fri 28.9. 8pm, Music Theatre Kapsäkki
A powerfully expressive voice, deep-rooted kantele and inventive percussion: fleet-fingered virtuoso and one-woman band Maija Kauhanen specializes in Finnish kantele and its old and rare playing techniques. Weaving together polyrhythms and organic beats she creates unique soundscapes and compelling grooves.
Maija’s first solo album Raivopyörä (The Whirl of Rage, Nordic Notes 2017) invokes powerful atmospheres. The songs deal with the fates of various women: challenging relationships, domestic violence and child-brides are unflinchingly portrayed, but there is also joy, consolation, hope and the mystery of young love to be celebrated. The album has received great reviews internationally.
Maija Kauhanen’s latest triumphs are the Newcomer of the Year award in Finnish Ethno Awards and prestigious Emma Award for the best ethno album of the year. This year Maija tours solo in Japan, Hungary, Germany and Portugal.
“Raivopyörä is the great debut of an extraordinary artist. Maija Kauhanen shows an outstanding talent as a singer, as well as an instrumentalist and composer.” Global Music, Germany 3/2017
“This could well be a future classic in Finnish folk music.” Finnish Music Quarterly 9/2017
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