Aallotar is a transtlantic collaboration between violinist Sara Pajunen (Minnesota) and accordionist Teija Niku (Finland). One hundred years ago, their ancestors lived within miles of each other in the western regions of Finland: the ensemble is founded on the common musical ground the women share, but also revels in the cultural differences formed when a lineage is separated by an ocean and the passage of time. Aallotar’s music, released on their March 2014 debut album, has been described as “exquisite, sophisticated chamber folk music.”
Karuna is a Finnish folk music trio with three keyboard players and a unique sound. The trio combines the sounds of the Swedish national instrument nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) and accordion with the rich harmonies of piano and reed organ.
Esko Järvelä: nyckelharpa, violin
Juha Kujanpää: piano, harmonium
Teija Niku: accordion