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Thematic folk music seminars
2nd - 4th July, Kuhmo Arts Centre

The seminars will go into their themes (accordion, singing and cultural encounters) through specialists’ scientific yet popularised lectures and practical examples. Each seminar assembles for two sessions, before noon at 9.30-11.30 a.m. and after lunch at 12.30-1.50 p.m. Simultaneous interpretation of the presentations and discussions will be organised between Finnish and Russian and whispered interpretation into English. The seminars will be held in the Pajakka Hall, with free admission.


The basic structure of the seminars is as follows:
- 9.30 a.m. Presentation / Lecture
- 10.30 a.m. Presentation / Lecture
Lunch break
- 12.30 p.m. Presentation / Lecture
- 1.30 p.m. Final discussion on the day’s theme

The basic programme of the seminar is subject to alterations, i.e. there may be more presentations or prepared addresses, in which case their duration will be shorter.


Seminar on the accordion, Thursday 2nd July

The following specialists will appear as introduction lecturers:

- Researcher of history, FT (PhD), university lecturer Marko Tikka:
On the cultural history of the accordion
- Artist professor Maria Kalaniemi
- MuM (Master of Music) Anne-Mari Kivimäki
- Teacher of the Finno-Ugrian Folk Music Department of the Petrozavodsk Conservatory, Alevtina Voitovich: Accordion tradition in the cultural area of Zaonezhye


Seminar on singing, Friday 3rd July

The following specialists will appear as introduction lecturers:

- Professor emeritus Heikki Laitinen:
Singing as a culturally related form of human communication
- Doctor h.c. of Music Anneli Asplund:
The transitional periods of folk songs and singing
- MuM (Master of Music) Pia Rask
- Teacher of the Finno-Ugrian Folk Music Department of the Petrozavodsk Conservatory, Galina Karpova: Tuition of singing ensembles in the Finno-Ugrian Folk Music Department
- Teacher of the Finno-Ugrian Folk Music Department of the Petrozavodsk Conservatory, Svetlana Kosyreva: Timbres of vocal sound in the Vepsian choral singing


Seminar on cultural encounters, Saturday 4th July

The following specialists will appear as introduction lecturers:

- Researcher, FT (PhD) Jarkko Niemi:
The features of the singing cultures of the Northern regions
- Researcher, FM (MA) Marko Jouste:
On connections of the Skolt Lappish music tradition with the musical cultures of the White Sea region
- Researcher, FT (PhD) Risto Blomster:
Stylistic features of gypsy music and the encounters of cultures
- Musician Hilja Grönfors
- Teacher of the Finno-Ugrian Folk Music Department of the Petrozavodsk Conservatory, Vera Shvetsova: Ethnic interaction in the vocal folklore of the Karelian people
- Researcher of folklore, Valentina Mironova: Cultural interplay within the epic tradition
- Researcher of the Institute of language, literature and history, Elena Markovskaya: On the history of studies of Russo-Karelo-Vepsian cultural encounters in the Institute of language, literature and history
- Researcher of the Institute of language, literature and history, Lyudmila Ivanova: Mythical prose: encounter of cultures


The thematic seminars on folk music relate to a series of seminars that are organised within the project of founding a Rune Singing Academy (financed by ERDF), implemented in 2008–2010, and within which a seminar publication will be published on an annual basis. The participants of the seminars will have the possibility to get this publication posted to their address at the cost of postage.

Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen