Halituli

Turkka ja Paalanen
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Dear listener,

Our musical journey together started around the beginning of this millennium. Our future as a Duo was sealed in September 2001 as we represented the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department at the Eurofolk Conference of young European folk musicians in Italy.

We play Finnish and Nordic traditional tunes, concentrating in the joy of making music and in an extreme sensitivity of the other's movements. Our repertoire includes also our own compositions. The music we make is a combination of a spur of the moment – atmosphere and our original musical sense of humour. When arranging, we always try to leave the door open for creative lunacy and the impulses of the moment. This first album was made in accordance with the style of the band, in the spirit of a jam session. Some of the tunes were recorded in the first take and no "wrong sounds" were patched up afterwards. You win some, you lose some!

Eero Turkka, Antti Paalanen. Käännös: Jaana Kari, Pieta Turkka.
Code: 
SEITACD-011
Publisher: 
Seita Music Ky
Publishing year: 
2006-00-00T00:00:00
Recording year: 
2005

Recorded by Olli Varis
Mixed by Olli Varis
Mastered by Olli Varis

1. Flute polka and Polka from Laihia

Comp. trad., arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

Flute polka and Polka from Laihia represent the Finnish minor polkas at their very best.

Antti Paalanen: 2 ½ -row accordion G/C-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica G/em-Hohner echo

2. Heikki Rintala's Polska

Comp. trad., arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

Heikki Rintala's Polska was learnt from an archive recording, played by the famous folk fiddler Matti Haudanmaa

Antti Paalanen: 1-row accordion D-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica D-Hohner marine band

3. Halituli (Severi Suhosen jenkka)

Comp. E. Pakarinen, lyrics R. Helismaa.

Halituli is a song about the triangle drama between a man, a woman and an accordion in the home dialect of Eero who comes from Eastern Finland.

Antti Paalanen: 2 ½ -row accordion G/C-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: vocals

4. Tallari's polskas

Comp. trad., arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

Tallari's polskas are from the repertoire of the well-known fiddler Elias Tallari from Kuortane, Ostrobothnia. The "wobbly drone" that can be heard towards the middle of the tune is the result of an extremely delicate and demanding technique where the height of the tone is altered by varying the amount of saliva inside the harmonica.

Antti Paalanen: 1-row accordion D-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica D-Hohner marine band

5. Bornholm

Comp. trad., arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

This set of tunes is a souvenir from an unforgettable study trip to a very beautiful island in Denmark. – Long live the Nordic co-operation!

Antti Paalanen: 2 ½ -row accordion G/C-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica G-Hohner marine band

6. The Mazurkas

Comp. trad., arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

The Mazurkas' arrangement is inspired by the sound of a worn-out archive phonogram and a cheap tape recorder.

Antti Paalanen: 1-row accordion D-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica D-Hohner marine band

7. Leilinvirutespolkka

Comp. trad., arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

This polka got its rhythm from the sound of intense shaking when rinsing a skin bottle of sour milk.

Antti Paalanen: 1-row accordion D-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica D-Hohner marine band

8. I looked out of the window

Comp. trad., arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

I looked out of the window is the bitter moan of a supine young man. Eero learned this tune as a little boy from the repertoire of the Finnish Kyläpelimannit ensemble.

Antti Paalanen: 2 ½ -row accordion G/C-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: vocals

9. Sparken's polska and polska from Svarteborg

Comp. trad., arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

These two polskas are examples of the rhythmically complex "triplet polskas" or triolpolskas from Sweden.

Antti Paalanen: 1-row accordion D-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica D-Hohner marine band

10. Jig waltz

Comp. Eero Turkka, arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

The Jig waltz was born when Eero tried to compose a melody that could be played as both a jig and a waltz. Well, why not!

Antti Paalanen: 2 ½ -row accordion G/C-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica G-Hohner marine band

11. Harri's schottis

Comp. H. Timdal, arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

Harri's schottis is one of the first tunes we ever played together.

Antti Paalanen: 2 ½ -row accordion G/C-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica G/em-Hohner echo

12. Pavolin's melody

Comp. Teppo Repo, arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

Pavolin's melody is a free improvisation of the themes of a beautiful composition by the folk musician and shepherd Teppo Repo.

Antti Paalanen: 2 ½ -row accordion G/C-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica G-Hohner marine band

13. Tramp's waltz

Comp. trad., arr. Antti Paalanen, Eero Turkka.

The arrangement of the Tramp's waltz is inspired by the folk music harmonica player Vihtori Hassinen's excellent version of this tune. Sometimes the moped just runs amok!

Antti Paalanen: 2 ½ -row accordion G/C-Castagnari
Eero Turkka: diatonic harmonica G-Hohner marine band