Mietteitä

by Nest

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about

A unique glimpse into how the kantele was played in Finland in the times of old. Very few, even in Finland, have had a chance to witness the old way where the player played for himself, wrapped in thought, and letting the music take him to uncharted places of inspiration. Time lost all meaning, and nothing could break the connection between the musician and the instrument while his fingers danced on the strings made of horse hair or steel.

The kantele is traditionally an instrument of the lone player, who often dedicated time for playing as night drew close and open flame provided illumination in the corner of a simple wooden dwelling. The other members of the family would take awhile to listen or to tend to their tasks in the household. Children would play, and animals run around nearby, but the concentration of the player remained unbroken until the spell of the music was finally lifted. The player seemed as he was being torn back into this world from somewhere beyond his understanding, like he woke up from a dream.

This is the old way that I, A.T., want to present to you, and I hope I have been able to convey the tradition with the respect it deserves.

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released August 28, 2015

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Nest Finland

Nest strives to capture the atmosphere of hidden pools amidst the woods, faint calls of owls echoing through the woods, sparkling waterfalls and vast snow covered landscapes - the solemnity, tranquility and brutality of nature.
Members: A. Tolonen (kantele, vocals, lapland drum, etc.), T. Saxell (bass, vocals, etc.)
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