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Nani is Emmi Kujanpää’s first solo album, containing her own original music to lyrics mainly in Finnish and Bulgarian.
Emmi Kujanpää is a graduate of the Sibelius Academy and of the Department of Musicology at the University of Helsinki: a kantele player, singer and composer specialising in Finnish and Bulgarian folk music. She completed part of her master’s-degree studies at the Plovdiv Music Academy in Bulgaria.
Nani is Emmi Kujanpää’s first solo album, containing her own original music to lyrics mainly in Finnish and Bulgarian. The lyrics address ancient goddesses, asking mother-goddess Nani why she left her daughter to survive on her own amidst hard times. The metaphorical warnings of the Moon-goddess about stealing jewellery were not effective – the jewellery was stolen, leaving a hidden pain, loneliness and sorrow. Stylistic features of Finno-Ugric and Bulgarian singing fuse into a single entity, Kujanpää’s original idiom of music and singing, exploring the themes of the lyrics through ornaments, cries, wailing and dissonances. On the other hand, the sombre tones are balanced by a profound appreciation for the beauty of life.
Kujanpää is joined in this concert by Finnish musicians and by Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Vocal Academy, formed by the youngest singers in Bulgaria’s most famous choir. Kujanpää’s solo album was recorded as an international production at the studios of Bulgarian National Television in Sofia and at the Music Centre in Helsinki in 2018 and 2019. The album is released on the Nordic Notes label in Germany and also forms part of the publication series of the Department of Folk Music of the Sibelius Academy.
Emmi Kujanpää, vocals, kantele, jewelry percussions
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Vocal Academy, vocals
Dora Hristova, choir conducting, bells
Eero Grundström, harmonium, vocals
Jarkko Niemelä, trumpet, vocals
Sauli Heikkilä, vocals, morin khuur
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