Concert of Traditional Finnish Accordion Music

5 Sep

Concert of Traditional Finnish Accordion Music by Antti Paalanen from Finland 7.30pm

Doors open at 7pm; Cash Bar. Admission by donation (suggested $10) includes refreshments.

RSVP appreciated Riitta 604-941-0760 riittahu@nullgmail.com

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Sponsored by Vancouver Finlandia Club and Purpurit Folk Dancers

BIOGRAPHY

Musician and composer Antti Paalanen has been prominent in the field of Finnish contemporary folk music for  many years.

Antti Paalanen makes his music on the bisonoric (’diatonic’) accordion, a common instrument in Finnish folk music for the past century. He has employed an organic performance style, new techniques and new expressive
sonorities to expand the potential of the instrument to embrace a variety of genres.

Paalanen comes from South Ostrobothnia, a region rich in the pelimanni (’traditional musician’) tradition of
Finnish folk music. Between 1989 and 1996, Paalanen won the Finnish pelimanni championships on the diatonic
accordion four times, and he placed second in the diatonic accordion world championships in Austria in 1999.

Paalanen has released three solo albums: Äärelä (2007), Breathbox (2010) and Meluta (2014, 2015 in central Europe). He is active as a musician and a composer in a number of contexts in Finland.