Each runo singer has a peculiar native language of poetry, where the singer can tell and describe the story he wants. In the Runoitrio concert, poetry, kanteles and jazz percussions run through poetry scenes in mind, skin and air.
Taito Hoffrén is a singer, musician and composer. He is deeply familiar with archaic runosong tradition. Arja Kastinen is familiar with the music of the 19th century Karelian kantele players, and especially with the improvisation of the musical genre of the old kantele. He has a doctorate in music.
Markus Ketola is a versatile musician and composer who has played drums since 1993 in the New Music Orchestra of Finland. He has a doctorate in music.
This album is a record of the Sibelius Academy concert on December 15, 2012 in the Black Box at the Music Center. The concert is part of Taito Hoffrén’s doctoral studies.
Composition: Taito Hoffrén, Markus Ketola and Arja Kastinen
Poems: Taito Hoffrén / Trad
Recording: Mikko Ingman
Mixing and Mastering: Taito Hoffrén
Photos: Jorma Airola
Graphic Design: Pirkko Mähonen
The album is the first publication of a cultural exchange project between Finland and Vietnam called “The Bridge of Cultural Tradition”. The project promotes the archaic folk music in both countries. The release has been supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Publisher: Kanteleen Ääniä 2014 (Published only in Vietnam)