Marjo Smolander

Ville Lehvonen

Marjo Smolander: Cosmologies

Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7.30pm Bistro K, Musiikkiteatteri Kapsäkki, Hämeentie 68, Helsinki
Free admission

Marjo Smolander is a kantele player and singer-songwriter whose musical roots lie in Finnish folk music and the kantele tradition of her native Karelia. Since 2006, the Rääkkylä-based artist has spent long periods in Senegal and Mali, drawing inspiration from West African rhythms and musical aesthetics, as well as Mali’s kora music. These styles blend naturally in Smolander’s music.

In the spring of 2021, she released her debut album, Cosmologies, which we can now hear live in concert for the first time in Helsinki! On her album, recorded in Finland, Senegal, Mali and Denmark, Smolander collaborates with folk musicians from various cultures. Musical cosmologies merge into one, telling poignant, intimate stories.
In the concert, Smolander performs her songs with a trio featuring singer Minttu Hellstén and percussionist João Luis.
Marjo Smolander - kantele, vocals
Minttu Hellstén - vocals
João Luis - percussion
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Etnosoi! seminar: At the Etnosoi! seminar at the Oodi Central Library on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, you can learn more about Marjo Smolander's work and her duo collaboration with Senegalese rap artist Awa Sané aka Eve Crazy. The duo’s songs are based on their shared experiences of expectations and single parenthood for women.