Performers and Presenters in Tampere
Chamber Choir Sonore was founded in February 1991 at Äänekoski. The Choir has performed in various events around Central Finland and has visited Estonia, Germany and USA. During the years chamber music and a large spiritual program has been completed by a larger material, such as folk songs, traditional pop music and Christmas songs. Music pedagogue Mrs. Malla Kärkkäinen has been directing Sonore since 2003.
Senior Pastor Jarmo Tarkki, Ph.D., D.Min. of the California and Texas Finnish Church
Kalifornian ja Teksasin Suomikirkon pastori TT Jarmo Tarkki
Rev. Dr. Jarmo Tarkki is in charge of the Finnish Ministries west of Mississippi and all of Mexico. The area is about 30 times bigger than Finland. The Finnish Ministry has two Associate Pastors, Rev. Dr. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen and Rev. Dr. Kirsi Stjerna
Fiasko is an amateur theater ensemble, founded in 1980 in Joensuu, North Karelia, Finland. Since its inception, Fiasko has remained rooted in North Karelia as a highly ambitious and creative theater ensemble which to this day includes its original founding members as well as a new generation of amateur actors. Over the years, many of Fiasko’s members have performed in various film and television productions in addition to roles with other theater ensembles both in Finland and
Fiasko’s repertoire spanning 36 years and performances around the world includes such works as Goethe’s Faust, Dumas’ The Three Muskateers,Shakespeare’s Hamlet and A Winter’s Tale, as well as Samuel Becket, Eugene Ionesco, Comedia del Arte, Finnish surrealism, and adaptations of Karelian and Indian Folklore, in addition to contemporary and original works created by Fiasko’s members. Fiasko is well respected for its courage to grasp new challenges with enthusiasm, including performances in English, Swedish, Finnish, other languages and pantomime.
Always longing for adventure, Fiasko has enthusiastically explored new cultures and new lands. Long-term collaborations and educational endeavors have included work with theater groups in India, Russia and numerous other locations. Performances outside Finland have included: Aruba, Bangladesh, Cuba, Estonia, Iceland, Ireland, India, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea Spain, Venezuela, and the USA.
Maitolaiturintytöt (Milk Maid Girls) perform a wide range of traditional and popular Finnish music. This group performs Finnish popular music from the 1960s with unique arrangements giving old and beloved songs a fresh perspective. In addition to performing popular tunes, this group’s repertoire includes traditional folk songs as well as their own compositions. These musicians sing as well as play the kantele,percussion and moraharppu among other traditional instruments. Their music varies from soulful blues to bright and joyful polkas.
Members of Maitolaiturin Tytöt include Tellu Turkka, a Master’s degree graduate of the esteemed Sibelius Academy of Music; Marita Koskelo (Mammu) a graduate of the North Karelian University of Applied Sciences and the Joensuu Conservatory of Music; and Eveliina Pietarinen a graduate of the North Karelian Conservatory of Music and of the North Karelian University of Applied Sciences. In addition to being founding members of the Milk Maid Girls, each member is a highly experienced international performer with extensive lists of concerts, awards, CDs, videos, seminars, cultural projects and theater performances including The Guthrie Theater and even Brainerd, Minnesota. Performances ranging from Nirvana to the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra add further spice to this group’s repertoire.
Heikki Mäenpää (born 1957 in Tampere, Finland)
is an internationally awarded Finnish crossmedia producer, music maker and performer.
He lives in Kangasala, Tampere Region and has worked worldwide within culture, technology and education.
In addition to his work for children’s culture, Mäenpää and his multi talent production teams are also known internationally as professionals of educational technology and open learning environments & pioneers in network productions.
His universal artwork “Dancing Moominvalley @ Shanghai EXPO 2010” was awarded with World Expo cultural award in 2010.
Maria Svan, soprano and Taina Marja-Aho, piano
Eino Leino & Toivo Kuula. Poet and Composer Silenced by the 1918 War
The recital will include Finnish Art Music composed to national poet Eino Leino’s work. Eino Leino was mentally crushed by the war and his career came to an end. Young composer and conductor Toivo Kuula was shot after the war ended as a result of an argument regarding the war.
For registered FinnFest attendees, this is a free event.
Eino Leino & Toivo Kuula. 1918 sodan vaientamat runoilija ja säveltäjä.
Resitaalissa kuullaan Eino Leinon runoihin sävellettyjä suomalaisen laulumusiikin klassikkoteoksia sekä Toivo Kuulan yksinlaulutuotantoa. Leino menetti mielenterveytensä sodan seurauksena ja Kuula ammuttiin sodan jälkimainingeissa.
Margaret Vainio is an American, who moved to Finland about 40 years ago. She worked as a Lutheran music director In Central Finland 33 years and now, for the last three years in the “Finns Abroad” parish in Rhodes, Greece. Vainio became interested In Asahi originally because it proved to be a very efficient and enjoyable warm-up exercise for her choral groups of all ages. Now this “do-it-yourself health insurance” has become the core of her daily fitness routine and she has taken every advantage to spread Asahi in the US and in Greece as well as in Finland. She has studied with Timo Klemola, Ilpo Jalamo and Yrjö Mähönen, three of the four developers of Asahi and is now studying to become a teacher trainer.
Risto Lehto, Asahi instructor, B-license/Asahi Nordic, Learning to be A II - instructor in Asahi Nordic system. Vice chairman of Asahi Nordic association.
Risto is an asahi instructor teaching asahi in Turku, Finland. He teaches asahi twice a week. He also keeps beginners' seminars and he takes part to training programs teaching new c-license and b- license instructors in Asahi Nordic.
It's part of his A II-instructor studying and he's doing it under the supervision of Asahi Nordic head instructors Ilpo Jalamo and Yrjö Mähönen.
Salla-Riikka Vesterlund, Asahi instructor, C-license - instructor in the Asahi Nordic system.
Salla-Riikka is a part-time asahi instructor in Turku, Finland. She started asahi as a hobby at Shaolin, the academy of martial arts in Turku, under the supervision of Ilpo Jalamo in 2016. She has assisted in Asahi seminars and has also instructed Asahi classes since 2017 at Shaolin.
Salla-Riikka has an academic background as a researcher, but she has recently studied for another profession and is currently working as a chef in a restaurant in Turku. Having earlier experienced back problems doing mostly computer work, she found Asahi to be essential for maintaining a functional body. After changing her career, Asahi now plays a role in relaxation and recovery from a more physically demanding work. Asahi also provides means for staying focused and calm when working in a fast pace and under pressure.