Sunday, December 6, 2009

A great weekend for music and culture and Vakiopaine

It was a great weekend for music and culture at Vakiopaine. On Friday night Matti Perälä and Kvartetti Q gave a fantastic performance of classic Finnish iskelmä and tango.

Matti handled the vocals and Kvartetti Q provided the strings. Kvartetti Q is: Marjukka Manner -viola, Pauliin Raninen - violin, Iida Hirvola - cello, and Sanna Sandås - violin

Here's a video (sorry for the poor sound quality) of Perälä and Q performing Kolmatta linjaa takaisin, a Finnish version of Beautiful in the Rain by Little Pattie. The Finnish version was originally recorded by 70's pop star Fredi.

Saturday night brought us the traditional La Sega del Canto Christmas concert.

La Sega del Canto is a duo consisting of Joppe Salo and M. Pulkkinen. They always put on a great show, with no shortage of good humor and fun.

Here is a video I recorded during their Christmas concert last year, an excellent version of Hava Nagilah. Sitting in on this session is the legendary 3rd member of the duo, Aleks, who is one of Russia's finest ambient balalaika virtuosos.

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