Pauliina Lerche
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A new recording from one of Finland's up and coming young artists (accordion and vocals takes a modern look at the 'katrilli' (quadrille) and other folk forms, with a decidedly contemporary attitude. She is accompanied by mandolins, guitars, fiddle, cittern, piano, vocals and percussion, and joined in some tracks by Indian musicians on vocals, sarangi and tabla.

Many fans of Finnish folk will know Pauliina's work with Mimmit (The Girls) under her birth name of Luukanen. This new recording shows her mastery of the accordion, as she grows into a musician as dynamic and subtle as some of her better known Finnish compatriots. This is probably the breakthrough recording for her,and I expect even greater thigns as she finds her professional footing and makes her mark on the Nordic folk scene. - CF

Other recordings by Pauliina Lerche:
with the ensemble Kriya
with guitarist Peter Lerche

Pauliina says:

With "Katrilli", I wanted to make a Carelian dance record that bridges the traditional with the modern/contemporary. The katrilli is a traditional Carelian dance. Carelia is a province which is situated both in Finland and Russia. I come from Rääkkylä, a village of three thousand people, which is situated 60 km (40 miles) from the Russian border.

This being a theme record, I wanted to combine the katrilli with another culture with a strong character. Hence the fusion with the Hindustani tradition.

Listen to some MP3 samples of a few of the 12 tracks:
Vot i Kaalina
Ovorkin Valssikatrilli
Tuuli Taivutti
Katrilli Kintaan Kylasta

See also: Peter Lerche - Peshawar Diary

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