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Finnish Fusion Fest

on 2001/1/5 8:46:02 ( 1613 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, January 1, 2001: Finnish composer and pianist, Eero Hameenniemi, has been taken with Carnatic music ever since he first heard it. Eero and his ensemble, aptly named "Nada," are now in Chennai and were scheduled to perform with mridangam maestro Karaikudi Mani's "Srutilaya" January 4 at the Narada Gana Sabha.The Finnish group has been experimenting with improvisations in Western music and Carnatic music and has given a lecture demonstration. Eero has been organizing concerts of Carnatic musicians in Finland by arranging an exchange program between artists of Bridhaddhvani Music Reasearch Centre of Chennai and Sibilius academy of Helsinki. Eero Hameenniemi met Karaikudi Mani in 1996 and in 1998 invited him to be a part of the Helsinki biennial with Harishankar, T. V. Vasan and Kannan, to play with the Helsinki Philharmonic. The program was a great success. Eero Hameenniemi has been in Chennai since November, enjoying music concerts and brushing up on his Tamil.

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