#3743: New Finnish-Norwegian Music

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Sinikka Langeland, folksinger, kantele player and composer

For this New Sounds, we’re at the Norwegian-Finnish border, with musicians who are either or both Finnish and Norwegian, and music which involves the Finnish folk-harp, the kantele (which is held in a player’s lap or on a small table.) Hear music from composer, singer and master of the kantele, Sinikka Langeland, who is half Finnish, and half Norwegian. Her most recent record, “The half-finished heaven,” is a collaboration with sax player/composer Trygve Seim, classical viola player Lars Anders Tomter and percussionist Markku Ounaskari, featuring settings of verse by Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. However, the tune we’ll hear, “Caw of the crane,” is a melody-filled conversation between viola and kantele, punctuated by percussion.

There’s also music from American percussionist Jeanette Wrate (Kangas), (who has both Finnish and Norwegian roots) from her recording, “Echoes of a Northern Sky” where Finnish folk music meets jazz. Then, from Norwegian sax player Jan Garbarek, listen to Norway’s wind and the sound of the Fjords turned into music by way of wood flute and wind harp, (or æolian harp.)   Also, listen to music from English musician Andrew Cronshaw's cross-cultural collaboration, "The Unbroken Surface of Snow," at times an unlikely combination of kantele and duduk. Plus, music from Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio and more.

PROGRAM #3743–  Crossing the Norwegian-Finnish Border (First aired on 06/25/2015)             

ARTIST: Sinikka Langeland
WORK: Caw of the crane, excerpt [1:30]
RECORDING: The half-finished heaven
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Jan Garbarek
WORK: Dis [7:44]
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Martti Pokela, Timo Väänänen & Sari Kauranen
WORK: Marti Pokela: Sami Suite- Nilla ja seita / Nilla And The Seita [4:56]
RECORDING: Snow Kantele
SOURCE: Finlandia/Innovator #19052
INFO: Out of print. Try Amazon.com

ARTIST: Sinikka Langeland
WORK: Caw of the crane [5:41]]
RECORDING: The half-finished heaven
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Jan Garbarek & Agnes Buen Garnås
WORK: Margjit og Targjei Risvollo [12:37]
RECORDING: Rosensfole
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Jeanette Wrate & Northern Lights
WORK: Voice, Gong and Kantele Interlude [3:06]
RECORDING: Echoes of a Northern Sky
SOURCE: Cryptogrammphone
INFO: cryptogramophone.com

ARTIST: Various artists: Sanna Kurki-Suonio
WORK: Minne (Where) [4:46]
RECORDING: Northern Nights - Music From the top of the World
SOURCE: Six Degrees Records 657036
INFO: Out of print, but try Amazon.com

ARTIST: Andrew Cronshaw
WORK:  Im Hogutz, excerpt [7:12]
RECORDING: The Unbroken Surface of Snow
INFO: cloudvalley.com | andrewcronshaw.com