”Before this concert, I had not grasped what playing as a duo truly was. As musicians, they had an incredible connection with one another throughout the gig”
– Veikko Halmetoja, art gallerist and art critic
”I cried, I laughed, I bought the album. Marvellous gals, one of the best club gigs of my life!”
– Rosa Meriläinen, author
DUO EMILIA LAJUNEN & SUVI OSKALA
The aim of Emilia Lajunen and Suvi Oskala as a duo was clear from the start: to search for great fiddle tunes from the archives – both written and audio – and to make the music of the old fiddler’s their own. This was the starting point from which they formed their chamber folk duo 2010. Before that they had played together in various projects eg. Piia Kleemola & co and in dance and music production ’Silmu’ which fascinated audiences with its dancing fiddle players in Finland during years 2004-2007.
In addition to their interest in tradition they also share a passion for the inventive use of their five stringed instruments which makes this fiddle duo very unique. As a result of these two passions their repertoire as a duo consists of Finnish fiddle traditions gems arranged with a twist and of commission compositions by eg. Mikael Marin of Väsen and accordionist Johanna Juhola.
After the release of their second album [’Piilokisa’ by Nordic Notes] in 2018 they were selected as one of WOMEX official showcase artists in 2019. During their career they have actively performed at various stages in Finland and abroad in the Nordic countries, India and even South Korea.
”The duo combines their familiarity with the tradition with a strong individual voice while, refreshingly, playing without too many frills. The focus is on the music; on drive and rhythm.”
– Amanda Kauranne, Finnish Broadcasting company