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Genres: World Music, Pop
Chromatic accordionist and composer Maria Kalaniemi may be the star of this album because of both her amazing ability to generate sensitivity on an instrument better known for raw power and her skill in writing romantic pi... more »
Chromatic accordionist and composer Maria Kalaniemi may be the star of this album because of both her amazing ability to generate sensitivity on an instrument better known for raw power and her skill in writing romantic pieces. But this 1997 CD is also where her ensemble, Aldargaz, finally comes completely into its own. Timo Alakotila's harmonium and grand piano are essential lessons in brilliance. Fiddler Arto Järvela gets some of his best work done when he's with this ensemble. Bassist Tapani Varis and guitarist Olli Varis contribute a wonderful rhythm section that precludes a need for percussion. On Iho, Kalaniemi and arranger Alakotila also show some new ideas, incorporating brass and string sections in both classical and jazz motifs that work remarkably well with the Finnish folk roots of much of the music. This album was a turning point for Kalaniemi, bringing her out of the folk-music world and into a broader new-music context where she rightly belongs. --Louis Gibson
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Accordian music for the soul, like you've never heard it.
email@example.com | Honolulu, Hawaii | 07/11/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Maria Kalaniemi must have learned to play the accordian before she learned to talk. Her stylings are unlike any other accordian music you have ever heard, and you will find yourself amazed with both the skill and artistry this Finnish musician applies to an instrument that many people consider quaint or even silly. No one will laugh at these recordings. The music is soulful and eerie, sometimes quite playful, and always compelling. If you like new-age violin music, popular Celtic ensembles, and electronic flutes and harps, then you must add the accordian to your list. Kalaniemi takes the accordian out of the polka circuit and into the imagination. It is accordian music for the soul, like you've never heard it."
One of my favorite albums
D. Duval | Germantown, MD | 04/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Listening to this album always makes me feel as if I'm escaping with a caravan of gypsies. Whether upbeat or a little melancholy, every song makes me feel free. If you like world music, you should add this, or one of her other albums, to your collection to give it a Norther European flavor."
Incredible writing and playing
D. Duval | 03/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't pay attention to the prior review implying any connection between what this music is and "new age" pablum. This music is living stuff, lively and satisfying. The first song on this album grabs you by the ears and won't let go. There is some contemplative stuff too, but it's much more harmonically interesting than what I'd consider new-age. She's a winner."