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Sari Kaasinen’s CV

SARI KAASINEN

Education

2009

Doctor of Music degree in the Artistic study programme / Sibelius Academy, Department of Folk Music

1994

Master of Music, Sibelius Academy, Department of Folk Music

1986

Secondary school graduate, Kuopio High School of Music

1983

Comprehensive school diploma received, Rääkkylä Comprehensive School

 

Artistic activities                       

2008 -

Set'Akat, singer and songwriter

2001

Sari Kaasinen & Otawa, artistic director, musician

2001-2005

Artistic director of Iloset group

1996-2004

Artistic director of Rämpsäkät group

1994-1997

Sari Kaasinen & Sirmakka, artistic director

1991

Kihaus Folk Music Festival, artistic director

1989

Sari Kaasinen - 10 years of kantele music, anniversary concert,

visiting kantele artists Ritva Koistinen and Martti Pokela.

1986-1993

Artistic director and musician of Sirmakka group

1985

National kantele competition, groups

(Joensuu Music Institute's kantele group), 1st place, Joensuu

1984-2005

Rääkkylä national folk music and dance camps, artistic director, teacher

1983-1996

Värttinä, artistic director, musician, singer

1974 -1982

Tsupukat, reciter, singer & kantele player

1984

Youth Arts Festival, Lahti,

composition contest in the category of folk music,

especially music composed for a kantele, 2nd place

1984

Youth Arts Festival, Lahti,

Honourary Mention in the solo category of folk music

1983

Youth Arts Festival, Kajaani, Honourary Mention in reciting

1982

Debut at Kaustinen Folk Music Festival with sister Mari

1981

First kantele composition, "Polkka", on a 36-string kantele

1979

Sari begins playing kantele at Ilomantsi kantele camp, instructor Irma Lappi. Sari receives a 32-string kantele.

1974

Sari begins taking violin lessons.

1970

Sari learns to dance polka

 

Performances and tours, e.g.

2008

"Songs by a Karelian woman" concerts in Kuivajärvi, June 25, 2008; Joensuu, July 2, 2008 and Helsinki, November 12, 2008.

"The Karelian prayer" concert, Rovaniemi Church, June 26, 2008.

Sari Kaasinen & Otawa: Jutajaiset Folklore Festival, Haapavesi Folk Music Festival, Rauma Lace Week and Monttu Soikoon Festival at Hausjärvi.

Set'Akat Etno-Espa, Art Goes Kapakka, Loppi, Pulkkilan Kohiseva and Salo.

"Introduction to the concert", invited guest of Jukka-Pekka Saraste at Sibelius Festival, September 12, 2008, Lahti.

2007                

"TAIAN OLLA" concert, December 19, 2007, Helsinki.

Lullabies and laments, Sibelius summer concert at Tammisaari, August 4, 2007.

Sari Kaasinen & Otawa: performances at Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, Kihaus Festival, Folklore Festival Purpurijuhlat at Kiikoinen and Pori Folk.

"Jo on tukka tuulta nähny" piece

Sari Kaasinen & Otawa: "Mie kun" tour

2006

"Nuku, nuku" concert at Kajaani Poetry Week

Lullabies at Pixelache Festival, Helsinki

"Osaton" concerts, Joensuu, Iisalmi and Helsinki

2005

Soloist at Loiskis group's 5th anniversary concert, Jyväskylä

"Nuku, nuku" concert at Ugrijuhla Festival in Imatra, August 11, 2005

Sari Kaasinen & Otawa: Performances at Pori Folk, "Pelimannipäivät" at Miehikkälä, Etno-Espa and Folklandia Cruise

"Riäkkyläisittäin" concert, Kihaus Folk Music Festival

Composition concert and soloist, Vantaa Music Institute

2004

Soloist in the Guards' Band in Helsinki, August 26, 2004

"Nuku, nuku" lullaby concerts at Seurasaari in Helsinki, Karuna Church, June 2-3, 2004

"Jaakko Teppo" evening, Kihaus

"Nauravat naiset" concert (with Värttinä and Merja Larivaara), Kihaus

2003 - 2005

Loiskis - lastenmusiikkiyhtyeen solisti, 50 konsertin kiertue

Soloist of Loiskis children's music group, a tour of 50 concerts

2003

Performing the theme song for A. Mänttäri's film "Joensuun Elli"

2002

UNICEF Gala, Oulu

1999

Soloist in Vantaa Pops Orchestra in a concert of own compositions

1999

"Viisuja Vintiltä" children's musical concerts, national tour

1997

Soloist of Joensuu City Orchestra at Helsinki Festival: New political songs evening. Composer/soloist.

 

Recordings

2006

Sari Kaasinen & Otawa: "Mie kun" - CD (Mipu Music)

2006

"Kun isoisä Suomeen hiihti" - CD-single / Sari Kaasinen & Tampere Theatre

2002

Sari Kaasinen & Otawa: "Reissunainen" - CD (Mipu Music)

2002

Sari Kaasinen & Otawa: "Sarin Joulu" - CD (Mipu Music)

2001

Sari Kaasinen and Otava band: "Sarin joulu" - CD-single

1998

Sari Kaasinen: "Emo" (Warner - Innovator, Finland)

1998

Sari Kaasinen: "Viisuja Vintiltä" (Warner, Finland)

1996

Sirmakka: "Tsihi, Tsihi" (Finlandia Records)

1996

Värttinä: "Kokko" (Warner-Nonesuch)

1996

Sari Kaasinen & Sirmakka: "Tsihi Tsihi" (Warner/Fazer Records, Finland)

1994

Värttinä: "Aitara" (Mipu Music)

1992

Sirmakka: "Sirmakka" (Mipu Music)

1992

Sari and Mari Kaasinen: "Joko joulun alkaa saa" (Mipu Music)

1992

Värttinä: "Seleniko" (Polygram - Sonet, Spirit, Finland)

1992

Värttinä: "Local off featuring" (Polygram)

1991

Värttinä: "Oi Dai" (Sonet, Spirit, Finland)

1989

Värttinä: "Musta Lindu" (Olarin Musiikki)

1987

Värttinä: "Värttinä" (Värttinä)

Publications and articles, for example:

2008

"Nuku, nuku lapseni - kehtolauluja ja hyräilyhetkiä" book & CD (Kirjapaja) 

2006

"Voimanaisten ketjussa" article, "Aika Tuulettaa - Naisen arjen voimavarat" book (Kustannusarkki)

2005

"Suuret Suomalaiset" book: article on Elias Lönnrot (Otava)

2005

"Minä soitan kanteletta 2", playing a 5-string kantele, advanced learners / WSOY

2004

"Minä soitan kanteletta 1", playing a 5-string kantele, beginners / WSOY

2002

"Reissunaisen lauluja" song book:
15 most popular songs by Sari Kaasinen (Mipu Music)

2002

"Se silmien säihke" article (Nuorisoseuralainen)

2001

"Soi kantele soi" educational video: writing and realisation ("Kantele" project, Joensuu)

Värttinä: "Korkeelta ja kovvoo" book (history, music and sheet music)
(Like - kustannus)

1995

Performer - an interpreter and creator of art: "Rasivaaran lavalta maailman areenoille" article (WSOY)

 

Visiting artist on the following records, including:

2005

5th anniversary record of Loiskis, visiting artist

2005

Karelia Military Band and Niinivaara music classes: "Tämä kylä" CD, visiting soloist

1999

Juice Leskinen 50th anniversary record, soloist

1997

Myllärit: "Eta Pravda" (Mipu Music)

1996

Katri-Helena: "Vie minut" (Fazer Records; Gold Edition)

1996

Maggie Reilly: "Elena" (EMI)

1994

Hector Zazou: "Songs from the Cold Seas" collection (Sony/France)

1994

Hector: "Salaisuuksien talo" (EMI)

1983-1996

see Värttinä homepages (link: www.varttina.com)

 

Producer

2008

"Suma -soundtrack" CD (Ilomantsi Theatre Club)

2003

Rämpsäkät: "Rämpsäkät" CD (Mipu Music)

2002

"Mielin kielin kanteleella" CD, Kantele project

2000 "Pitkäjärveläiset". Music from a comedy from Häme. (TTT-Theatre, Tampere, CD-single)

1997

Myllärit: "Eta Pravda" (Mipu Music/Finlandia Records)

1996

Sirmakka: "Tsihi, Tsihi" (Warner Music)

1996

"Män näppipeliks." Folk music from Rääkkylä. (Mipu Music)

1995

Angelin Tytöt: "Giitu" (Mipu Music)

1993

Music from Finno-ugric people: "Röntyskä-songs" (Mipu Music)

1993

Reetta Jakkula (MTV-Musiikki)

1992

Sirkus: "Ikävää" (Mipu Music)

1992

Angelin Tytöt: "Dolla" (Mipu Music)

1991

Sirmakka: "Sirmakka" (Mipu Music)

1989

Värttinä: "Musta Lindu" (Olarin Musiikki)

1987

Värttinä: "Värttinä" (author's edition)

 

TV and radio performances, for example:

2007

Finland's Eurovision tryouts / visiting soloist

2006

K-Reppu / TV1

2005-2008

Sukupuu / TV1 series

2004

Suuret Suomalaiset / Elias Lönnrot documentary

2002

Lauantaivekkari / TV1

2001

Tammerkosken Sillalla / TV2

2001

Hotellin Sointu / TV1

2000

Ommoo kieltä Riäkkylästä / TV documentary / TV2

2000

Minun kanteleeni / TV2 / Arto Siren / TV documentary

2000

Laulava sydän: Juice Leskinen's 50th anniversary / TV2

1999

Linnunradan Pianobaari / TV1

1999

O Dore mio, 8-part music programme / TV2

1999

Sarin joulu, 10-part Christmas music series for children / TV2

1999

Sininen ilta, Ajankohtainen kakkonen / TV2

1998

Bumtsi Bum / MTV3

1998

Kulkija Kuosmanen ja kappale kauneinta Suomea, part 5 / MTV3

1998

Tuttu juttu -show / TV2, visiting soloist

1997-1998

Viisuja vintiltä, 20-part music programme series / TV2

1990-1991

Youth folk music programme / Ylen Ykkönen

1991

Levyraati (Värttinä) / MTV3

1991

Värttinä in Ireland, documentary, Fantasiafilmi

1990

World music from Karelia, a documentary by Mirja Metsola / TV1

 

Compositions, lyrics and custom-made pieces

Musical plays

2008

Composition and adaptation of "SUMA" musical play for Ilomantsi Theatre Club.

Premiere at Möhkö, July 4, 2008.

2006

Composition, lyrics and adaptation of "Kun isoisä Suomeen hiihti" musical / musical play to Tampere Theatre.

2005

Selection, adaptation and composition of music for "Yks'Pakarinen" musical play, Kihaus & "Lauluista leipää" project and Joensuu City Theatre.

2004

Composition of "Pitkäjärveläiset" musical play for Kuopio City Theatre.

2002

Composition and lyrics for M. Jotuni's "Miehen kylkiluu" play and production of music for TTT-Theatre. Premiere on November 21, 2002.

2000

Joensuu City Theatre: Composition of music for Heikki Turunen's "Simpauttaja" play. Premiere on September 23, 2000.

1998

TTT-Theatre: Composition of music for Jalmari Finne's "Pitkäjärveläiset" play. Premiere on February 4, 1999.


Children's musicals

2004

"Rubiinisydän" children's musical for music classes in Turku

2002

"Suohonlaulajat", children's musical play, composition / Kajakka Festival, Joensuu.

Premiere on June 9, 2002.

2001

"Teppana Jäniksen uudet seikkailut" children's musical, composition / "Kanteleen maakunta - Pohjois-Karjala" project. Premiere on April 20, 2002.

1982

"Noitien maa" children's musical play / Rasivaara Youth Society

 

Commissioned compositions / Other compositions, e.g.

2006

3 lullabies for Nokia's "Connect to Art" gallery

2005

Compositions and adaptations to kantele groups Rämpsäkät and Iloset

2004

A series for the Iisalmi Kalevala Choir

Band adaptation series for a 5-string kantele

Finnish Cultural Foundation animated logo: composition of music

2003

"Murhe" for Värttinä, 20th anniversary concert, February 28, 2003

"Osaton" for Tsakku, premiere at Tampere Vocal Music Festival 2003

"Siskot" commissioned piece for folk dance group Motora, premiere on January 10, 2003 on Folklandia Cruise.

2002

"Paha Pajari" commissioned piece for the City of Kitee, premiere on July 24, 2002.

1999

Yle TV1 / Kotikatsomo: music for film "Kivinen Lintu"

Yle TV2 / Sarin joulu - 10 new Christmas carols for Pikku Kakkonen

1998

"Viisuja vintiltä" - 10 new children's songs for Pikku Kakkonen

Eurovision Song Contest, Finnish tryouts: invited composer with "Mielessäni" song, joint 3rd place

"Senpä silkillä sivallan" commissioned piece with Auli Partio and Anna-Liisa Alanko.

1997

"Niin korkea oli taivas" song

1996

Helsinki Festival: New political songs evening. Commissioned composition: "Herra Ministeri Backmanni"

1984

National composition contest in the Youth Arts Festival, category of folk music,

especially music composed for a kantele, 2nd place

1981

Ilomantsi kantele camp composition contest, 2nd place with "Polkka"

 

Lectures, presentations and speeches, e.g.

2007

"Ilo irti", Hyllykallio parish home / Nurmo Parish, September 23, 2007.

"Songs by a Karelian woman", Jämijärvi / Rural Women's Advisory Organisation, Satakunta, March 21, 2007.

Speech / Kiuruvesi Local Heritage Association 60th anniversary, Kiuruvesi, February 17, 2007.  

2006

Speech at Finnish Karelian League's Independence Day event, Helsinki, December 6, 2006.

Pielisen allas symposium / Finnish Federation for Local Heritage, September 15, 2006.

Church Communications Days, Joensuu, September 1, 2006.

"Songs by a Karelian woman", "Syntyjä syviä" event / Elias Lönnrot Society / Kuhmo, July 8, 2006.

"Sanan ja sävelen liitto - elävää nykyperinnettä!" / Karelian Day seminar / Joensuu / Finnish Karelian League, February 28, 2006.

2005

"Ei lopu loiut miulta", Studia Generalia: The Karelian Woman, South Karelian Institute, November 2, 2005.

"Nuku, nuku" - Women's tent / National Church Days, Oulu, May 28, 2005.

 

Performances abroad

2003

Germany, Kusel, 4 solo concerts

2002

Soloist cooperation with Norwegian Fliflet & Hamre duet. Concerts in Bergen and Kihaus at Rääkkylä.

1999

Sari Kaasinen and her band in Brussels at the opening of Finland's EU Presidency term.

1999

Sari Kaasinen and her band in Paris, performing at the Finnish Institute's concert category, folk music concert and children's concert.

1997

Sari Kaasinen & Sirmakka at the kantele festival in Petrozavodsk

1990-96

Värttinä tours, see www.varttina.com

1989

Värttinä touring in Austria

1989

Värttinä at the Wuppertal Festival in Germany

1989

Värttinä in Tallinn

1988

Värttinä at the Festival on Kizhi Island in Petrozavodsk

1988

Sari accompanies Espoo folk dancers to Austria as a kantele soloist

1988

Värttinä in England at the Swaledale Festival

1987

Värttinä in Turkey, at the Turkish Radio and Television Festival in Ankara and Istanbul

1986

Värttinä on a "friendship train" Moscow - Kiev - Leningrad

1986

Värttinä at "Rättviks Dansen" Festival in Rättvik, Sweden

1984

Sari accompanies folk dance group Motora to Germany as a kantele soloist on Finland Week

1983

Sari accompanies folk dance group Motora as a kantele soloist to the International Folklore Festival, Bourgas, Bulgaria

 

Honourary mentions & awards

2001

Luonnotar Award (Wood in Culture Association)

2001

First Artist of the Year at Kuopio High School of Music

2001

Finnish TOYP Award (Junior Chamber International)

2000

KVS Foundation Award

1997

S.A. Tervo's Kareliaani Award

1995

"Maakunnan Kehittäjä" Award

1993

State Prize for Music (Värttinä)

1993

Positive Surprise of the Year - Emma Award (Värttinä)

1992

North Karelia Provincial Art Award

1987

Värttinä, Band of the Year, Kaustinen Folk Music Festival

1984

Youth Association Member of the Year in North Karelia

 

Teaching, e.g.

2008

Villa Ruusula's national folk music camps / Rääkkylä

5-string kantele, basic course / Imatra

Folk song and kantele courses / "Salon Karjalaiset" folk dance group

2007

5-string kantele, basic and advanced course / Kuhmo Music Institute

2005

Finnish Musicians' Union (SML) folk music theme year's national work group.

Music Institute of Central Karelia's bands in the national kantele band contest in Jyväskylä.

SML's folk music theme year's Folk Music workshops in Lappeenranta, Varkaus, Iisalmi, Vantaa and Hämeenlinna.

"Koillis-Savo soi" event / folk song master class

"Iisalmi Winter Days" / folk song master class

"Pelimannipäivät" in the Pogosta region / basic and advanced courses with 5-15-string kanteles

2004

Association of Finnish Music Schools "Autumn Days" event, kantele workshops

Choir training for Iisalmi Kalevala Choir

2003 -2005

Folk music master classes / Hämeenlinna / Sibelius Institute

2003

5-string kantele, basic course / "Cultural Days for the Handicapped"

5-string kantele workshop, Kusel, Germany

2003 folk music workshop / Kymenlaakso Summer University

5-string kantele master class / Kymenlaakso Summer University

5-15-string kantele master class / KoskiFolk Festival

1995- 2007

Music Institute of Central Karelia, folk music lecturer

1993

Finnish folk music workshop / Dranouter Festival, Belgium

1992

Finnish folk music workshop / WOMAD Rivermead, England

1991

Rääkkylä Folk Music Association, artistic director and instructor of kantele and band music at folk music camps

1990

KIHU - instructor of folk music group for the handicapped

1989

Music School Kantele (Helsinki), kantele instructor

1989

Valtion Kantele band, visiting teacher, Petrozavodsk

1989.91

Pakila Music School, kantele instructor

1988-91

Central Karelia Music School, kantele instructor

1986-88

West Helsinki Music Institute, musical playschool teacher

1986-88

Karjalantalo Kantele School (Helsinki), kantele instructor

1985-88

North Karelian Music Association, kantele instructor, Ilomantsi kantele camps

1984-92

Central Karelia Community College, leader of kantele and folk music groups

1983.1988

Joensuu Music Institute's Rääkkylä branch, kantele instructor

1983.90

Municipality of Rääkkylä, kantele instructor on camps

 

Other work, e.g.

1992 -2000

Mipu Music Oy / Production Supervisor of record company and show producer

1996

Sari Kaasinen Oy / Managing Director

1999-2001

Folk music development project, Rääkkylä Folk Music Association,  Project Manager (part-time)

1988.1991

ETNOKOIKOON! Folk music programme YLE / Sirkka Halonen

1986-1987

Substitute for class teacher and English teacher in elementary school and secondary school / Municipality of Rääkkylä

1983

summer worker, Rääkkylä Youth Office

 

Positions of trust

 2007-2009

Arts Council of Finland, Music Department, member

Arts Council of Finland / Children's Culture Department, member

2005

Invited member of Creativity Strategy / Finnish Government

2001-2004

Chair of the Board of Rasivaara School

2001-2003

"Kanteleen maakunta - Pohjois-Karjala" project, member of the steering group

2001.2003

Finnish Cultural Foundation / North Karelia Regional Fund Administrative Council, member

1997-2000

Rääkkylä Recreational Committee, member

1994-1995

Arts Council of Finland / Children's Culture Department, member

1994-1997

Arts Council of Finland, Music Department, member