For some reason, you don’t hear a lot of Finnish folk music in Denmark. Maija Kauhanen is a distinguished member of the younger generation of Finnish musicians who play and develop the musical traditions of Finland and Karelia. She performs solo with a unique set-up of vocal, percussion and kantele, the traditional Finnish stringed instrument. Maija Kauhanen (born in 1986) has specialised in the saarijärvi kantele, using an ancient wooden plectrum technique. She masters the instrument, winning The International Solo Kantele Competition in 2011. Her compositions and musicianship in Finnish folk music have brought Maija Kauhanen a significant international breakthrough in recent years. She has toured in Scandinavia, Germany, Holland, China and Japan, and her debut album Raivopyörä / The Whirl of Rage, released in 2017, has been very favourably reviewed in European folk and roots music magazines. Her only Danish festival concert in 2019.
(Photo: Antti Kokkola)