These pieces are from my solo album Pauhu published in 2003. One of the dearest projects in my student days was a project seeking to revive the Karelian tradition of 1 or 2-row accordions. My teacher Maria Kalaniemi introduced archive recordings of the accordion player Ilja Kotikallio from Suistamo. I became enchanted by Ilja's stories and trepak playing. In addition to trepak playing, I formed a two-woman folk dance and folk music group Puhti, which offers a joyful perspective on performing folklore. The skilful performing of Puhti can be viewed on the video tracks of the record.
Produced by Maria Kalaniemi, recorded by Olli Varis.
Comp. trad., arr. Anne-Mari Kivimäki, Reetta-Kaisa Pirhonen.
A trepak played by Ilja Kotikallio serves as a springboard for the world of improvisation for Puhti. Put on your dancing shoes and let the accordion howl!
Anne-Mari Kivimäki: 1-row accordion
2. Patronen I
Comp. trad., arr. Anne-Mari Kivimäki.
A beautiful and serene introduction to an 18-minute 2-row accordion piece in four parts: Following the kantele persuasion of Paavila Patronen from Ägläjärvi.
Anne-Mari Kivimäki: 2-row accordion
Comp. Anne-Mari Kivimäki, arr. Eero Grundström, Anne-Mari Kivimäki.
A piece inspired by a rhythmic motif. This is how it goes!
Eero Grundström: harmonium and synthesizer
Antti Järvelä: double bass
Anne-Mari Kivimäki: 5-row accordion
Piia Kleemola: violin
Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: jew's harp