Kalkkeen meri ahtona

Description

Kalkkeen meri ahtona (2006) for kantele and accordion is about gradual changes of  timbre and harmony, as well as finding a balance between static and dynamic, slow and fast. Before Kalkkeen meri ahtona, Virtaperko had written solo pieces for both kantele and accordion that were instrumentally and structurally fairy traditional: the  virtuosic  The Devil’s Lungs (2005) for accordion, and the polyrhythmic Wanderer 32 (2006) for kantele. Compared to these two solo works, Kalkkeen meri ahtona is expressionally and structurally more abstract and the careful adjustments of timbre and pitch are the main focus.

In the kantele part, several non-standard instrumental techniques are used, such as scratching the strings with finger nails, hitting the strings with a dulcimer hammer and producing ambient-like sounds using an EBow (a hand-held electronic device, which makes ferromagnetic strings vibrate, creating a string-like continuous sound). 

Kalkkeen meri ahtona was commissioned by Eija Kankaanranta who premiered the piece with Veli Kujala in Berlin in May 2006.


Instrumentation

for concert accordion and concert kantele

2006


CD

Levynkansi Griffyr
Griffyr – Eija Kankaanranta (IMU-CD-075)


Video

 

Score

Kalkkeen meri ahtona


Audio

Kalkkeen meri ahtona

Performed by Eija Kankaanranta & Veli Kujala, from CD Griffyr (IMU-CD-075)

Details

Duration 8’ 

First performance

14 May 2006, Eija Kankaanranta & Veli Kujala
Univesität der Künste, Berlin, Germany

Commissioned by

Eija Kankaanranta

Published by

Music Finland


Performances 

Last performance

16 May 2016, Zipora Ogola (kantele) & Sonja Vertainen (acc), ‘Paavo’ Hall of Musiikkitalo, Helsinki, Finland

All past performances of Kalkkeen meri ahtona

16 May 2016, Zipora Ogola (kantele) & Sonja Vertainen (acc), ‘Paavo’ Hall of Musiikkitalo, Helsinki, Finland
14 May 2006, Eija Kankaanranta & Veli Kujala, Berlin, Germany
14 September 2008, Eija Kankaanranta & Sergej Tchirkov, Ekaterinburg, Russia
15 September 2008, Eija Kankaanranta & Sergej Tchirkov, Chelyabinsk, Russia
17 September 2008, Eija Kankaanranta & Sergej Tchirkov, Kudymkar, Russia
11 May 2010 , Eija Kankaanranta & Veli Kujala, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
10 August 2010, Eija Kankaanranta & Veli Kujala, Hamburg, Germany
9 November 2012, Jenny Vartiainen (kantele) & Harri Kuusijärvi (acc), Kuopio Music Centre, Finland