On this page you can find information about kantele artists with whom we are actively working together nowadays and get to know their thoughts on the kantele as well as get an insider's look into the creative process they have been part of. With their different cultural and musical backgrounds they really have something to share.
We hope these materials will inspire you to start your journey with kantele too and explore the unique world of this instrument!
It's a well known fact that those who come from piano background can easily pick up basics of harp technique. Piano skills can be very helpful when mastering other instruments as well since it has the most visual "interface". I can now truly say that in my case my long experience as a pianist helped me immensely in kantele playing. There IS really a lot in common between these 2 instruments. Here are the main points that I'd like to mention:
plays guitar and sings in General Bye Bye (Paris, France)
plays kantele and sings Feather Feather (Paris / Usa)
plays guitar and kantele in Cache Cache (Austin, Texas)
Yuko Fukuhara is a great harpist from Japan who mastered kantele in a short period of time. She wants to share her unique experience with us to tell about the similarities & differences between harp and kantele, and how effortless it is to learn to play kantele for a harpist.
I got to know fantastic sound of Kantele at Finnish
cultural eventIn May 2010 I went to an Art gallery in Nagano prefecture in Japan. There was an exhibition about the culture of Finland and a kantele concert at the gallery. Finland is one of my favorite countries so the concert was a wonderful event for me to see.
While the harp semi-tone pedals are switched by feet, the kantele levers are operated by hands. The difference between switching technique on concert kantele and grand harp is that while on the kantele one hand is involved in switching semi-tone levers it is impossible at the same time to pluck the strings. In the meantime, on the grand harp both hands are free since the pedals are operated by feet.
Maybe you would like to start playing the kantele too? I can warmly recommend it as a harpist. I hope my article will give some useful advice for you.
English translation: Hiromi Hokkanen
Editing in English: Olga Shishkina