#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)             





Sinikka Langeland

The half-finished heaven

Caw of the crane, excerpt [1:30]

ECM 2377

Jan Garbarek


Dis [7:44]

ECM 1093

Martti Pokela, Timo Väänänen & Sari Kauranen

Snow Kantele

Marti Pokela: Sami Suite- Nilla ja seita / Nilla And The Seita [4:56]

Finlandia/Innovator #19052
Out of print. Try Amazon.com

Sinikka Langeland

The half-finished heaven

Caw of the crane [5:41]

ECM 2377

Jan Garbarek & Agnes Buen Garnås


Margjit og Targjei Risvollo [12:37]

ECM 1402

Jeanette Wrate & Northern Lights

Echoes of a Northern Sky

Voice, Gong and Kantele Interlude [3:06]



Various artists: Sanna Kurki-Suonio

Northern Nights - Music From the top of the World

Minne (Where) [4:46]

Six Degrees Records 657036
Out of print, but try Amazon.com 

Andrew Cronshaw


The Unbroken Surface of Snow

Im Hogutz, excerpt [7:12]

CV 2009