Last Friday as part of the Homegrown Radio series, we posted a piece Eberle composed & performed on the accordion. As part of her write-up about this piece, Eberle mentioned how much she loved the music of Finnish accordionist & composer Maria Kalaniemi, & she suggested I post a clip of Ms Kalaniemi so that readers might get an idea of this woman’s wonderful music.
Things have been a bit hectic & scattered since Friday here at Robert Frost’s Banjo central—Eberle’s been laid up with a bad cold (now apparently on the mend!) & yours truly has been trying to keep everything going in the midst of a nasty late February cold spell. But late is almost always better than never, so today I’m posting not one but two videos of Ms Kalaniemi’s music!
Eberle & I first encountered Maria Kalaniemi’s music when watching the documentary Accordion Tribe, a film about a band of five accordionists touring Europe. The documentary is fascinating, filled with amazing music & highly recommended. But Ms Kalaniemi’s career encompasses much more than her stint with this accordion “supergroup.” A classically trained accordionist in her native Finland, she has developed into a major force in the Finnish folk music movement, while using her formidable composition & performing skills, she has created memorable music that incorporates not only folk elements, but also jazz & progressive rock. She has recorded both as a solo performer & also as a member of several bands, including Neikku, Aldargaz & the Helsinki Melodeon Ladies. Her music is passionate, lyrical & complex.