Polku (Aito Records, 2006)
Finnish accordion virtuoso Markku Lepistö shows a wide range of musical influences on his latest solo CD, Polku. The CD opens with the beautiful "Aosta," where he uses banjo, harmonica and mandolin to produce a mix of newgrass, Celtic and Finnish music.
Born in 1963 in Kuortane (South Ostrobothnia, Finland), Lepistö has become one of Finland’s leading accordionists. He is an expert at both chromatic and diatonic accordions. On Polku he uses 1 and 2-row accordions. Lepistö is currently the accordionist for Finland’s leading folk band, Värttinä.
Lepistö has traveled a lot through Scandinavia and North America and this shows in the rest of the musical pieces. For example, he introduces the nyckelharpa later in the album. This ancient instrument has been popularized recently by contemporary Swedish folk groups touring abroad.
Lepistö’s inspired accordion music should appeal to both fans of Nordic music as well as followers of the new acoustic genre.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.