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Chamber Music

Roger Willemsen Presentation and Programme Supervision

Christian Brückner Speaker

Markku Lepistö Accordion

Pekka Lehti Double Bass

Milla Viljamaa Piano

Ulla Pirttijärvi Joik (Female Voice)

Wimme Saari Joik (Male Voice)

Double Bass Players of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Janne Saksala Double Bass, Esko Laine Double Bass, Gunars Upatnieks Double Bass, Janusz Widzyk Double Bass

Part 2: Underway in Northern Europe: with the Berliner Philharmoniker on the trail of Yoik music and Finnish Tango


Wed, 23 Jan 2013 8 p.m.



The Sami people are still to be found today as an ethnic minority in Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Russian Kola Peninsula, living in harmony with their surrounding natural environment of endless forests, coasts and mountains. Their homeland extends from the Arctic Ocean to central Scandinavia. Their pride and their livelihoods are their reindeer herds with which they travel this entire region, crossing over several national borders. Their cultural identity is rooted not only in their own language, but particularly in an almost unbroken faith in the forces of nature, which is expressed in shamanistic yoik singing.

They donʼt yoik about something, but things themselves, their soulfulness, are yoiked. No stories or verses are sung, but emotions such as love or being in love are awakened and expressed. A yoik has no long text. One can also yoik without any text, using just the voice. In the second part of his musical journey, Roger Willemsen invites us to the southern part of Finland. Here, in the Karelian-Baltic region, there are rich folk dance traditions which are maintained particularly with fiddles and accordion. It is not surprising that the accordion has also found a special place in the new national music of Finland: the tango.


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