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After their second album’s release [’Piilokisa’ by Nordic Notes] in 2018 Duo Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala were selected as one of WOMEX official showcase artists in 2019.

This year marks the momentous 25th-anniversary edition of WOMEX World Music Expo, taking place in Tampere, Finland between 23–27 October.

During the summer 2019 duo has done some special tours:

 

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The summer 2020 has been something really different than any one until this. But in a good way. There were great moments in Northern Norway, places like Skibotn, Alta and forest with the family but also visiting by boat to Kalla, Finland. Among very touching, beautiful summer days I recorded some music and videos also with my brother Olli Lajunen. Some of those tunes will be heard at virtuaalikaustinen 2020.

Duo Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala on the front page of Muusikko-lehti, the magazine of The Finnish Musicians’ Union. Just before WOMEX, how was that?

In the article we were talking about keeping the tradition alive by adapting it to contemporary world.

After a short maternity leave I start teaching again in one of my musical homes, the Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy. For a few years, I have been working as a ”Head of Fiddle”, sort of, and this year I have nine professional students. Autumn brings also a new challenge, as I start playing lead violin in the Sibelius Academy Folk Big Band. For students, the band is part of school, but level is professional and the concerts are good fun, so it is a great job for us as teachers.

Foto: Jimmy Träskelin.

Some good news! I got a one year grant from Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Basically that means I can focus on my very own artistic work for one year – new material, new CD, concerts and such. But I am not supposed to use the grant for my thesis, and I should not teach too much. These conditions are quite alright, but they mean that my schedule needs some adjusting. Luckily I can postpone the grant for a while.

Nice problems to have. Thanks Taike!