Composer, producer, researcher and ethnomusicologist Pekko Käppi was born in 1976. He is a jouhikko player from Tampere and a part-time instructor at the Sibelius Academy.
He has a band called K:H:H:L.
Pekko Käppi’s style combines folk, rock and blues.
Kalastajia ja kaivostyöläisiä, EP (Amerikan Peikko Records, Kuusi Pientä Kustantajaa, 2001) Бубнить Себе под нос, EP (267 lattajjaa, 2003) Minun päiväkunnissani, EP (Imvated, 2004) Jos ken pahoin uneksii (Peippo, 2007) Vuonna ’86 (Singing Knives, 2010) Rammat Jumalat (Helmi Levyt, 2013) Sanguis Meus, Mama! (GAEA Records, 2015) Matilda (Svart Records, 2017) Väärä Laulu (Svart Records, 2019)
Finnish band Pauanne explores the pagan traditions of Finnish folk music. The trio has uncovered and collected long-lost folk music that includes stories of spells and curses, the dreams of a shepherd, 17th century witch hunts and magical iron fences that repel invaders.
The trio includes Kukka Lehto on violin; Tero Pennanen on Hammond organ and other keyboards; and Janne Haavisto on drums.
Band leader Kukka Lehto searched through Helsinki’s music archives and discovered exciting material from the early 20th century. Pauanne’s material includes traditional folk songs and new compositions as well.
Vocalist and ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner was born on February 13, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Taimane – which means “diamond” in Samoan – began playing the ukulele at age 5. At 13, while playing on the beach with local musicians, she was discovered by Hawaiian music icon Don Ho and invited to be part of his Waikiki variety show. There, she quickly became a weekly regular, attracting audiences with a mix of rock, flamenco, pop, classical and traditional Hawaiian melodies.
Under the guidance of modern ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, Taimane further focused her style and began composing music.
In 2019, she won the “2019 Favorite Entertainer of the Year Award” from Nā Hōkū Hanohano.
Tanemotion is a Korean genre-crossover band featuring a mix traditional Korean musical instruments and modern instruments. The band’s name “Tanemotion” is a composite, meaning Tan+emotion. “Tan” is a Korean word similar to “play”, especially used in playing traditional strings.
Tanemotion’s sound features jazz, pansori and Korean roots. Since 2010, they have played at rock, jazz and world music festivals.
Lineup: Yonrimog on keyboards; Sojin Kim on vocals and guitar; Seulji Kim on ajeng; So yeop Kim on piri, saenghwang (mouth organ) and taepyeongso (shawm); Hoduhk Suh on drums; and HyunSoo Kim on bass.
Asmaa Hamzaoui is the leading female performer of Gnawa music. Together with her band Bnat Timbouktou, she performs Gnawa music that goes back in time when this community was held as slaves and the music revolved around storytelling about their suffering.
Asmaa Hamzaoui and Bnat Timbouktou sing in the native Gnawan language. They advocate for equal rights and for the preservation of traditions and spiritual practices in modern-day Morocco and throughout the world.
In the fall of 2019, Asmaa released her first album Oulad Lghaba, focused on Gnawa spirituality.
The lineup in 2019 included Asmaa Hamzaoui on guembri and vocals; Aicha Hamzaoui on karkabas and vocals; Soukaina Elmeliji on karkabas and vocals; and Lamgammah Hind on karkabas and vocals.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Katarína Máliková
was born in 1990 in Polomka, Slovakia. Her music combines traditional Slovak folk
songs, art-pop, classical and world music.
She grew up in Polomka in the Horehronie region, among
mountains and traditional songs. The mystical character of her home region left
a strong impression in her music.
“In my childhood I was touched by folklore and 90s’ pop culture, which hardly found its way to Horehronie,”says Katarína Máliková. “Later, the dreams about the big city came, together with jazz – that was my remedy during my teenage years. My studies of classical music were also a big influence on me. Returning to my birth place Horehronie with the music of Telgárt, Šumiac, or Pusté pole will always be spots that I pass with feeling of something forgotten, mysterious and haunting.”
In 2017 Katarína Máliková and her band performed at major world
music festivals and venues in Slovakia and abroad, such as Pohoda Festival
(Slovakia), Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), EtnoKraków/Crossroads Festival
in Krakow (Poland), World Music Festival Bratislava (Slovakia) and Budapest
The lineup in 2017 included Andrej Turčin on first violin; Janko Tomek on acoustic and electric bass; Katarína Máliková on lead vocals, piano, keyboards, tambourine, and wind instruments; Katarína Turčinová on flute and fujara; Klaudia Kosmeľová on piano; Ondrej Druga on accordion and vocals; Tomáš Hríbik on drums and percussions; and Žaneta Mariňáková on second violin and tambourine.
Katarína Máliková’s music combines Slovak folk, global sounds, electronic and classical music.
Her atmospheric debut album, titled Pustvopol (barren field) included new arrangements of folk songs from Zvolen and quickly attracted the attention of the media and the public, and soon became one of the top albums in Slovakia.
The Trombitáši Štefánikovci (Stefaniks Trombita Players) ensemble was founded in 2008 by brothers Ján and Pavol Štefanik, Pavol Novosád, Ivan Bobot, Peter Peťovský, Daniel Káčer and the youngest from the Štefánik family, Juraj. The group performs the shepherds’ folk traditions of the Moravian-Slovak border, primarily from the Puchov region on Slovakia.
The ensemble uses various Slovak wind instruments such as shepherds’ horns, trombitas, fujaras and various whistles. Many of these instruments are made by the Trombitáši Štefánikovci musicians. Some of the musical instruments manufactured by the ensemble’s members are housed in many museums and used by musicians throughout the world.
Ján Štefánik, Pavol Novosád and Ivan Bobot are the winners of prestigious awards, including Instrumentum Excellence and Zlatá Fujara (Golden fujara), received for the folk musical instruments they manufactured.
Pavol Štefánik is a laureate and award winner as performer of trombitas and shepherds’ horns. The musicians performed on many occassions in Slovakia and beyond.
Bratislava-based Preßburger Klezmer Band was formed in 1995. Founding members included saxophonist Daniel Sloboda; viola player Tomáš Kaiser; clarinetist and saxophonist Erik Rothenstein; and violinist Daniel Alexander. The lineup has changed throughout the years.
Although the group is inspired by klezmer music, Preßburger Klezmer Band also incorporates Slovak, Gypsy, jazz, rock, reggae and Latin music.
The Baladen (Ballads) album contains nearly forgotten songs about love, life and God from the Slovak Jewish Heritage. Vocals are in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino & Bosnian.
Banda was founded in 2003 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The
ensemble includes musicians with extensive experience in folk music performance
as well as other genres. Banda is predominantly inspired by Slovak traditional
music, incorporating innovative arrangements.
In addition to Slovak roots music, Banda incorporates blues,
jazz, pop, earky music and the traditional music of other cultures as well,
such as Moravian, Ruthenian, Polish, Romanian, Balkan, Celtic, and Spanish
Banda showcased at the World Music Expo WOMEX in 2017.
The ensemble contributed music for the film Tanec medzi črepinami (Glass Splinters Dance) directed by Marek Ťapák (2012) and also a title song of the TV series called 1890 (2017).
Band members include Samo Smetana on lead vocals, violin,
mandolin, bouzouki; Ivan Hanula on vocals, viol, mandolin, bouzouki; Alžbeta
Lukáčová on cimbalom, vocals, accordion, percussion; Peter Obuch on double
bass, vocals; Ajdži Szabo on percussion; and Eva Brunovská on vocals, keyboards.
Miriam Kaiser is a Slovak violinist, composer, and vocalist.
Her musical pieces are rooted in folk traditions and poetry.
Music had a fundamental role in Miriam’s life from her early
childhood. Her parents sent their children to learn music and urged them to
perform in front of audiences.
Miriam studied at the Bratislava Conservatory. She presented
her first musical piece, Prvá (First), when opened for famed Slovak musician Marián
Miriam’s first EP Isté veci (Certain things), reached number
one in Radio 7 and Radio Lumen music charts, and was aired on the Slovak
national radio and Radio Regina.
Her first album Deň dňu, was made in cooperation with Milan Adamec, Andrej Hruška, members of the Slovak National Theater Orchestra and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and other guests. It had a more modern sound and reached a wider audience.
In 2016, Miriam attracted the attention of Slovak music fans with her audiovisual project Colour Sounds in which she mixed rich orchestral arrangements, folk melodies and female vocals with an easygoing electronic sound. These elements have continued as essential elements of her compositions.
Tanec strún was released in 2018. It is dedicated to string instruments and is inspired by Slovak folk music, classical music and the poems of Naďa Mitanová.
Miriam’s band includes arranger Milan Adamec on violin and
Júlia Veselá on cello.