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

Please see Poster

Spon­sored by Van­cou­ver Fin­lan­dia Club and Pur­pu­rit Folk Dancers


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.