Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Niekku - Niekku 3 [1989 Finland] @192

One of the truly important recordings in the Finnish folk and new music revival in the 1980s, by a group of artists who became the vanguard of the movement in the 1990s and continue on today.

Maria Kalaniemi (accordion, voice), Anna-Kaisa Liedes (kanteles, voice), Liisa Matveinen (kanteles, voice), Anu Itäpelto (kanteles, voice), Leena Joutsenlahti (winds, voice) all produced music in this particular ensemble that even today is as adventurous as they have ever been. This recording was produced by Heikki Laitenen, who also contribues some compositions, and his avant garde stamp is to be found in every track.

This CD is not for every lover of "Finnish folk music." It moves from lyrical to edgy, from gorgeous vocals to agressive accordion experiments, from tradition to the future.

01 - Yksi Ruusu
02 - Mene Myoten Myoty Neiti
03 - Tuuti Tuuti
04 - Aamulla Varhain
05 - Kanteleilla
06 - Kymmenella Rivilla

Maria Kalaniemi (accordion, voice)
Anna-Kaisa Liedes (kanteles, voice)
Liisa Matveinen (kanteles, voice)
Anu Itäpelto (kanteles, voice)
Leena Joutsenlahti (winds, voice)


CrimsonKing said...

Niekku 3 (RS)
Niekku 3 (Yandex)

Password: folkyourself.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Many thanks.

Jorgon Gorgon said...

A truly awesome album from an incredible band! However, a question: do you have their second album? It appears to be impossible to get anywhere.

CrimsonKing said...

I don't have it. Sorry.

Greg Hill said...

Wonderful music - thanks so much. Any idea how Niekku is pronounced? Can't find anything on the internet.
Cheers, Greg.

Jorgon Gorgon said...

Greg: Finnish is a phonetic language, so it is pronounced exactly as it is spelled: Ni-ek-ku (final "u" as a short "oo").

Jorgon Gorgon said...

Crimson: I do not think it has ever been released on CD. Ah well; I'll continue looking. Thanks, in any case, for all the awesome music!

urijenny said...

Muchas gracias por esta bella música.


Anonymous said...

thank's very much


CrimsonKing said...


Niekku 3

Password: folkyourself.blogspot.com

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