The Suistamo series is a part of the artistic doctoral thesis that I’m doing in the Sibelius Academy (The University of the Arts Helsinki) under the title Suistamo – The Laboratory of Tradition. Suistamo concerts experiment, create, develop, research and derail. That is the origin of the title Suistamo – The Laboratory of Tradition. It is a testing place where I can feel free to test the new playing techniques, refine existing compositions, create new music and see what I can get out of myself as a musician. For me, Suistamo is an imaginative place where the early 1900s Suistamo tradition and contemporary folk musicianship meet. The traditional material, especially the recordings of storyteller and accordion player Ilja Kotikallio in the Folklore Archives of the Finnish Literature Society, provide the basis for my research and give inspiration and impulses towards new music and new performing arts.
The Wheel of Time (2013) - The music on this album has been collected and arranged from the Suistamo series first concert The Wheel of Time and the Groan Box, which was premiered in April 2013. As instruments on this album I use Russian two-row Notka accordions and my own voice. The sound design of the Wheel of Time concert was done by electronic folk musician Eero Grundström. He also co-arranged some of the music with me. I have composed the music for the Wheel of Time concert in a story-driven manner. The music has been inspired by the life and the stories told by the storyteller and accordion player Ilja Kotikallio.Listen to The Wheel of Time: ReverbNation
The Song of Evil (2014) It is known in folklore all over the world that where the accordion is played there the devil moves. "Song of Evil" tells stories about the inevitability and tragic fates with music and dance. The concert is a part of Anne-Mari Kivimäki's artistic doctoral degree within the Suistamo concert series.
A Closed-Down Village (2015) The music of this album has been collected and arranged from the Suistamo series third concert A Closed-Down Village. It looks at Finnish WWII evacuees, wartime, leaving one’s home and the current reality in a Karelian village of Suistamo that used to be part of Finland but now belongs to Russia. The Suistamo series is a part of the artistic doctoral thesis that Anne-Mari Kivimäki is doing in the Sibelius Academy (The University of the Arts Helsinki) under the title Suistamo – The Laboratory of Tradition.
Anne-Mari Kivimäki (b. 1976) is a musician and composer from Tampere, Finland. She is occupied with the renowned and original duo Puhti, the Hehkumo band with its full-blooded music and the Juurikadun orkesteri playing music for children. During her career Anne-Mari has actively performed in Finland and abroad e.g. in the Nordic Countries, Central Europe, Mozambique, Benin and Hong Kong. In addition to giving concerts, Anne-Mari has worked as a composer and performer in productions that combine music, dance and theatre. The latest theatre works have included e.g. the Tampere Workers' Theatre's 110-year anniversary play Anna Liisa and Ahaa Theatre’s play Mamma Moo and Crow. Anne-Mari worked in Southern Ostrobothnia in the Kyläpelimannit (“The Village Fiddlers”) folk music pilot project in 2002-2005. This ground-breaking project spawned a number of similar projects e.g. in Southern and Eastern Finland.