concert featuring the Young Students was held in Oma Tupa. A great encouragement
for these youngsters was shown by the audience and was nice to see that
in amongst some of the finest professional talent in the entertainment
field, that the future generation of accordionists was featured in concert
the young artists joined together to sing the Finnish version of She'll
Be Coming 'Round the Mountain When She Comes.
Folk Instruments Orchestra of The State Conservatory of Kasan
Formed in 1993, this
outstanding orchestra of young musicians from Kazan has toured and
competed internationally. They have won:
- the First Prize at the International compete in Castelfidardo
- Grandprix at the International competition in Strasburg (France)
- Grandprix of the Fund of the Spiritual Revival "Rukhiyat"
(Republic of Tatarstan)
- Grant of the President of Russian Federation.
concert the orchestra which has three accordionists, presents a lively
and entertaining show with music ranging from Folk Music of the Kazan
area as well as Siberia and Russia, to modern Tatar music, traditional
folk music of the east, Russian and Western European classical music
as well as Latin-American music.
of the musicians in the group double on other instruments. For example,
the bass player (pictured right) also performed a solo on a tiny 1
row accordion and the flutist played several whistles. Other soloists
included vocalists and accordionists.
a broad dynamic range from the most subtle to the most majestic fortes,
the close knit ensemble displayed precision and warmth throughout
The orchestra delighted the audience when they performed a rather
unusual but entertaining version of the Sakkijarven Polka, a Finnish
favorite. The accordion soloist left the stage and wandered through
the audience playing the Polka while doing something similar to the
Kosak dance steps.
orchestra was brought back to the stage for two encores, a repeat
of the Sakkijarven Polka and a very lively novelty item featuring
the solo accordionists for the show, pictured right, a fitting end
to an exciting and upbeat concert.
is situated in the center of Russian Federation on the East European
plain just to the west of the Ural mountain range and located where
the two of Europe's largest rivers Volga and Kama meet. The territory
of the republic is about 67, 836.2 km. The capital of the republic
is the city of Kazan.
More than 70 nationalities live here, the most numerous of which are
Tatars and Russians. The state languages are Tatar and Russian. The
population of the republic is about 3,773,800 people.
The capital of Tatarstan republic - city of Kazan is situated in the
northwest of Tatarstan. The city is stretched along two banks of Kazanka
river - at the place o where it meets with the mighty Volga river.
The population of Kazan is more than 1.1 million people.
With a rich cultural heritage, Kazan also has 4 state orchestras,
Ensemble of Song and Dance of Tatarstan Republic, second-largest in
Russia Bolshoy Concert Hall, Opera, Drama and Doll Theaters. In the
city there are seven Higher and Secondary educational institutions
of culture and art, over 50 musical and art schools.
August, 30, 2005 in the life of the capital of Tatarstan there will
be a significant event - Kazan will mark the 1000-anniversary.
and its Kindred Instruments
lance musician Petri Ikkelä took to the stage with Sakari Kuosmanen
and his band during the afternoon concert. During this show, Petri was
featured playing several relatives of the accordion family including
the accordion, bandoneon, concertina, melodian, accordion guitar and
of the instruments was used as an integral part of the band and added
color and intrigue to the performance.
A former student at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Petri is one of
the only musicians to be able to perform in concert on such an array
of accordion related instruments.
Folk Queen Maria Kalaniemi gave the audience everything they were
expecting and more during her concert with pianist Timo Alakotila
at the Uma Tupa in Ikaalinen.
Displaying all the talent that has made her known worldwide as one
of Finland's most respected Folk musicians, Maria's repertoire ranges
from arrangements of traditional Folk music to original compositions.
Her range also spans stradella and mussette sound to free bass and
straight tuned reeds.
Timo provided excellent accompaniment allowing Maria to deliver her
rich and colorful melody lines for which she is so famous. She treats
each note with care from the beginning to the end and also pays attention
with equal importance on how she uses the bellows to keep the note
has performed in many countries around the world and currently heads
the Folk Music Department at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
For more information on Maria, please visit the:
Kalaniemi Celebrity Interview
Ikaalinen Music School is the popular music school for instrumentalists
of all kind and is located by the shores of Lake Kyrösjärvi
and just steps from the main town.
way to get around Ikaalinen, is by horse drawn carriage. Of course there
are also excellent services by Bus and Taxi, but by carriage is also
a fun way to go.