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The Vilma Timonen Quartet, or VtQ as this fusion band is otherwise known, has pulled off a remarkable combination: Some jazz and folk music, blended together with the ancient sound of the kantele. The band’s repertoire is a synthesis of compositions by Vilma Timonen and a collection of traditional melodies adapted by the Quartet. The result is an epoch-making musical arrangement that accentuates the kantele’s rich and multifaceted sound. Imagine on the one hand the Pelimanni folk dance tradition, and on the other hand the dim confines of a jazz club. VtQ leaps into the ancient world of music to paint an arch between those two worlds. The band’s debut album VtQ was published by Texicalli Records in 2007.

Vilma Timonen - kantele
Ape Anttila - upright bass
Mikko Hassinen - drums/percussions
Topi Korhonen - guitar

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