The World Music Expo, WOMEX, opened its 2019 edition at the Tampere Hall in Finland on October 23, 2019. The opening show, titled Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet , was produced by Music Finland and directed by internationally-renowned choreographer and dancer Kaari Martin, along with composer, musician and producer Roni Martin. The concert featured four laudable performances from Pauanne, Pekko Käppi, Suistamon Sähkö, and Vildá, all representing this year’s host country, Finland.
On hosting WOMEX in Tampere this year, Minister of Science and Culture of Finland, Hanna Kosonen, stated: “Finland can be considered as an example of the power of music; to help to construct and articulate national identities in the language of music, but also offer the most peaceful and natural way to fuse cultures together and express multi-culturalism…World music brings audible values such as equality, multi-culturalism, cultural diversity and easy access to culture. These values go extremely well hand in hand with the main goals and values of our Ministry.”
Deputy Mayor of the City of Tampere, Johanna Loukaskorpi, expressed: “The value of music can be a personal emotion or on the other hand, its value can be the huge economic impact the music industry has. Cities and nations all over the world need you, the music professionals, to keep them going. Equality and diversity are things which have to be essential values in every decision and action we make…this is something to be celebrated.”
The evening reception was hosted by Music Finland where a special toast was raised to the all WOMEX delegates who have attended every edition of WOMEX’s 25 years of life.
The World Music Expo 2019 starts next week in Tampere, Finland. Tampere is the 3rd largest city in Finland and a multi-talented music hub. It is the home for numerous high-quality festivals, events and music companies.
Finnish music will play a key role this year. The Opening concert is titled Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet. To celebrate WOMEX’ 25th anniversary, four leading Finnish acts, Vildá, Pauanne, Pekko Käppi and Suistamon Sähkö, will be performing on the opening night at 19:30.
The Northern Connections showcase will present MA Rouf on Saturday, October 26 at 00:45. The band combines mystical Persian and Nordic music; Tuuletar, a vocal group that draws from Finnish traditions and modern influences, set to perform on Thursday, October 24 at 00:45; and the Sami yoik of Wimme & Rinne on Friday, October 25 at 23:15.
The Official Showcase features Finnish act Emilia Lajunen
& Suvi Oskala, scheduled to perform on Friday, October 25 at 13:00. Emilia
Lajunen & Suvi Oskala are five-string fiddle masters.
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.
The World Music Expo, WOMEX, has announced the artists set to perform during the opening ceremony. This year’s opening show is titled Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet. WOMEX 2019 will take place October 23 – 27, 2019 in Tampere, Finland.
The artists featured include Pauanne, a power trio described as folk fiction, who incorporate archive recordings from the last 100 years into their new folk sound; Pekko Käppi, a Finnish folk music composer, singer and juhikko (ancient Finnish bowed lyre) player who has revolutionized the standards of playing this iconic instrument; Suistamon Sähkö, a folktronica act with a bit of folk poetry, rap and manic dance moves; and Vildá, a duo that is a blend of indigenous Sámi yoik, detailed rhythms and improvisation.
The concert is staged and directed by celebrated choreographer and dancer Kaari Martin, together with composer, musician, and producer Roni Martin, renowned for their ensemble Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin. Kaari Martin and Roni Martin said: “It is a pleasure to work with the selected Finnish artists for the WOMEX 19 Opening – Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet. It represents some of the finest artists we have in the Finnish folk scene. You might think that Finland is on the edge of the world, and to be honest, it is, but for centuries it has also been a melting pot for different cultures from east and west. And, we are happy that there is also dance involved because dance is an organic part of folk music“.