the Memory of my Mother"
Local folk musicians
Venue: Lasse Pihlajamaa's monument for his Mother, Jämijärvi | Admission: Free
Local folk musicians and some international flavor, for example a folk music group from Keisenfeld, Germany.
Venue: Central School, Jämijärvi | Admission: Adults 8 € & Children 4 € (5-12 yrs)
Vocalist Martin Alvarado and Finnish tango orchestra Milonga.
Venue: Puumilan Taitotalo, Kihniö | Admission: 10 € / 5 €
The Hungarian duo of accordionist Zoltán Orosz and guitarist Gábor Ursu play virtuoso interpretations of well-known compositions. The accordion is the lead instrument and the guitar creates a colorful background. This is the first performance of the Zoltán Orosz Duo in Finland.
Venue: Oma Tupa, Ikaalinen | Admission: 10 €/ 5 €
|Traditional Map Pinning Ceremony|
of the traditions of the Sata-Häme Soi - Accordion Festival is when
festival Musical Director Kimmo Mattila conducts the traditional "map
pinning' ceremony. A large map gracing the walls of the Finnish Accordion
Institute is covered with pins, as visiting guest artists locate their
city and country of origin.
Pictured here is Sergei Trotsenko, the accordionist and leader of the guest artist Bryac Quartet from the Ukraine, as he pins his place on the Sata-Häme Soi international guest artist map.
|Lasse Pihlajamaa's Monument 'To the Memory of my Mother'|
first official function of the annual Sata-Häme Soi - Accordion Festival
is a folk concert and gathering at Lasse Pihlajamaa's monument "In
the Memory of my Mother" on the outskirts of Jämijärvi.
This beautiful monument is located at the approximate site where his boyhood
home once stood.
Recalling an often difficult childhood and the profound respect he had for his widowed mother "Hilma", Lasse worked for many years planning this monument as an ongoing tribute to the special place she has in his heart. Lasse has since donated the monument and the land it stands on to the Jämijärvi municipality.
In addition to the monument, Mr. Pihlajamaa also composed a work "Muisto Aidille" in memory of his mother, an artistic manuscript of which is housed inside the monument and is pictured above.
A large gathering of people formed around the monument as a local Folk Musicians Accordion Orchestra performed. This has become an annual tradition prior to the official beginning of the annual Ikaalinen Festival.
A highlight of the ceremony and concert was the attendance of 86 year old Lasse Pihlajamaa himself, who had traveled from the Helsinki area with his wife Maire (pictured left) to attend the event.
At the conclusion of each performance, Mr. Pihlajamaa stood and praised the performers, much to the delight of the attendees. Pictured above right are Accordions Worldwide representative Kevin Friedrich from New York, Sata-Häme Soi Festival Director Minna Kulmala with Mr. Pihlajamaa.
Pictured to the right, are Maire and Lasse Pihlajamaa with Sata-Häme Soi Festival Director Minna Kulmala at the conclusion of the ceremony in Jämijärvi.
Immediately following the gathering at the statue, a standing room only audience enjoyed a concert at the Jämijärvi School Hall which also featuring local Folk musicians.
In a neighboring town the popular group Tango Argentina featuring vocalist Martin Alvarado and Finnish tango orchestra Milonga performed at the Puumilan Taitotalo, Kihniö.
|Zoltán Orosz & Gábor Ursu - a Recipe for Success!|
a pleasure it must be to be the newly renovated Oma Tupa Concert Hall
and have the sounds of the finest artists in the world resonate through
Formed in 1992, the Podium
Duo couldn't go wrong. Performing well known virtuoso favorites, Tangos,
French works and light classics, the duo dazzled the audience with their
fresh and innovative style. Their arrangements featured both spectacular
technical displays and haunting lyrical lines in addition to a touch
of jazz where the accordion and guitar provided rhythmical and musical
support to each other. Their high energy program which captivated the
audience for over an hour, left everyone clapping for more. The duo
lived up their motto of providing "well-known melodies with a virtuoso
|In and Around Ikaalinen|
Nature Symbols: Six national 'nature symbols' have been chosen for
Finland by popular vote and all the symbols carry powerful connotations
of popular tradition, stretching back to ancient times.
They were only officially chosen in the 1980s and '90s, however, so one cannot claim they are based on any formal tradition. The aim in choosing the symbols is to draw attention to Finnish nature and wildlife and to promote appreciation of them.
Symbol Number 1: When it flowers in June, the Lilly-of-the-Valley - Convallaria Majalis, is all the more attractive for its powerful, sophisticated scent and used as decorations on festive occasions.
Local Water Taxi: Festival attendees enjoy being transported accross the lake on the Lempi, the scheduled boat between the town of Ikaalinen and the Spa Hotel where most of the guests and attendees stay.
The 20 minutes trip accross the lake affords beautiful views of the Ikaalinen town, lake front houses and camping facilities.
During the festival, the Lempi operates seven additional round trips to coincide with festival activties.