NAISEN LAULUT" ("SONGS BY A KARELIAN WOMAN")
Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki
Wednesday, November 12,
2008. 7:00 pm, Concert Hall, Sibelius
Tickets: 7 / 4 EUR
Lippupiste, tel. 0600 900900
"SONGS BY A KARELIAN WOMAN"
Where does a woman draw her strength from? The
lessons of her own mother or family? Her children, worries, hopes, sorrows and
joys? Moments of silence or the knowledge that you must go on?
The "Songs by a Karelian woman" concert
radiates female energy. The longer a woman's life, the greater the power of her
words and the strength of her song. A lived life, each day with its joys and
sorrows, brings depth and colour to a woman's song. Joys are celebrated and
sorrows are mourned - survival continues, one day at a time. The strength to
endure originates from somewhere deep inside.
Sari Kaasinen has focused on the songs of
Karelian women for over five years: "I was inspired by Kanteletar and wished to find out more about the typical Karelian
woman's world of songs. The lyrical songs in Kanteletar, in all their simplicity, magnificently illustrate the
world where the Karelian woman lived. The arc of songs includes her whole life:
lullabies, songs of play, young girls' songs when dancing around in a circle,
courting songs, wedding songs, songs about worries, curses, prayers and laments
all offer us a wonderful picture of the arc of a woman's life and her singing.
Songs have also always been essential to rites of passage: when a girl has
moved from one stage of her life into another; when she has received advice,
teaching and consolation through singing or song. I have strived to find in
myself that world of lyrical songs collected into Kanteletar. My life as a girl is over and those songs have already
been sung. I wanted to see how deeply I could enter the song world of a
Karelian woman using modern methods. The woman in Kanteletar may hum to herself or sing the most beautiful tune she
knows to her child. She has cursed when needed or recited spells and utilised
the power of her words. In doing so, she has cared for herself and her soul,
gained more strength and the ability to persevere. Is it even still possible to
find the strength and depth that lies behind those simple tunes arising from
silence, to sing in the moment and of the moment?"
Sari Kaasinen is currently finalising her
doctoral dissertation in the Artistic programme of the Department of Folk Music
at Sibelius Academy. The "Songs by a Karelian woman"
concert ends a series of five concerts included in her doctoral dissertation in
the Artistic programme.
Her doctoral studies have focused on the
arc of singing within a Karelian woman's life: for example, lullabies, songs
about worries, spells and laments. The lullaby theme has also generated the songbook
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The concert also includes SET'AKAT song
group, which is comprised of Mari Kaasinen and Karoliina Kantelinen, in
addition to Sari Kaasinen.
Your attendance is warmly welcomed!
Further information and
tel. +358 50 3843 451
tel. 020 7539 589
P.O. Box 86