Current members

SUSAN AHO

Born: March 5th, 1974
Origin: Espoo, Finland
Occupation: Singer / past accordion player
Educational stage: Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department
Other bands: Kuunkuiskaajat, Vaeltajat, Odysseia, Metsänväki, Rotunaiset
Work at: Puppet Theatre Sampo in Helsinki
Favorite music: Goran Bregovic, Esma Redzepova, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Shakira

MARI KAASINEN

Born: December 6th, 1971
Origin: Rääkkylä, Finland
Occupation: Singer
Educational stage: Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department
Other bands: SetAkat, Sari Kaasinen ja Otawa, Ho Orchestra, Sirmakka
Work at:  Värttinä band
Favorite music: Le mystere des voix Bulgares

karoliina

KAROLIINA KANTELINEN

Born: May 2nd, 1975
Origin: Helsinki, Finland
Occupation: Singer, kantele player
Educational stage: Doctoral studies at the Department of Folk Music in Sibelius-Academy
Other bands: solo, SetAkat, Ketsurat, Sari Kaasinen ja Otawa, The Swingin’ Shoemakers
Work as: Puppet Theatre Sampo, researcher and ethnomusicologist at University of Helsinki
Favorite music: Ojos de Brujo, Carrie Underwood

HANNU RANTANEN

Born: August  27th, 1962
Origin: Helsinki, Finland
Occupation: Bass player
Educational stage: Helsinki Pop& Jazz Conservatory
Other bands: UMO Big Band, Pepa Päivinen Trio, Raoul Björkenheim Triad, Unto Tango Orchestra, Rajaton, Avanti, Helsinki Symphony, Lahti Symphony
Work at: Helsinki Pop Jazz Conservatory
Favorite music: Jazz

MATTI KALLIO

Born: September 7th, 1976
Origin: Helsinki, Finland
Occupation: Accordion, keyboards player
Educational stage: Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department
Other bands: Perilliset, Hector, Rajaton, Club for Five
Work at: –
Favorite music: Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Queen, Sigur Rós

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MIKKO HASSINEN

Born: 
Origin:
Occupation: Drums & percussion
Educational stage: Sibelius Academy (Jazz and Composition/music theory)
Other bands: –
Work at: –
Favorite music:

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7 thoughts on “Current members”

  1. Hey Kasia, to complete to the other bands, the Värttinä girls were involved:
    Susan also is in the Ho Orchestra.
    Susan and Johanna has been in the projekt band of Markojuhani Rautavaara:
    Rautavaara World Orchestra (2008/2009)
    Greetings, Otfried

  2. Yes of course we know about this projects, but we use only some of the ‘other bands’ not all, because is too much of it. Susan, Johanna and other members was played or sang with much more musicians, than this mentioned here.

  3. You are fantastic! You have made me discover the Finnish folk music, I’m excited and I am very grateful to you! But why never come to play in Italy? Are you really sure that you would not have enough audience? :-)

  4. Get your manager to book you at the following:
    1. Freight and Salvage , Berkeley, Ca USA
    folk@freightandsalvage.org
    Phone: 510-644-2020
    2. Cotati Accordion Festival
    Cotati, Ca.
    3. Stern Grove Festival
    San Francisco, Ca.
    Northern Calif. has many festivals and venues- please come!!!

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