Photo by Mikko Malmivaara
Alterne is a newly formed trio based in Helsinki, where three musicians rooted in contemporary folk music met through their studies at the Sibelius Academy. With both original own-written music, as well as selected folksongs, Alterne creates a musical portrait where an innovative approach towards folk music collides with tradition. The music could be described as “dream folk” and combines elements from both folk, pop
music and ambient.
The trio consist of Ida Marie Jessen from Denmark. With her crystal-clear voice, she takes the listener on a musical journey with songs about seasonal cycles and southern Danish cliff beaches. Belgian violinist Oscar Beerten draws deeply on Nordic folk music and unfolds his virtuoso playing on violin and guitar. Maimu Jõgeda from Estonia knows how to combine
tradition and innovation in charismatic accordion playing.
Together they invite the listener into an atmospheric universe, where lyrical melodies, beautiful harmonies and virtuous solos are in focus.
Ida Marie Jessen – Vocal
Oscar Beerten – Violin
Maimu Jõgeda - Accordion
Collaboration with Terje Henk (animation artist)
We have collaborated with Terje since 2018 when she made an animation for my composition "The Circle". I had a wonderful opportunity to accompany the animation during the premiere in Lisbon, Portugal, at Monstra animation festival's opening. Our newest collaboration is part of Terje's new interactive webpage Jutupaunik. Our newest work is called "Kes see tunne on?".
MIR Trio was founded in 2022 by I-Han Fu (tabla), Repkat Parhat (guitar), and Maimu Jõgeda (accordion). Three musicians with different backgrounds, connect East and West, meeting in the middle through the language of music. ‘MIR’ translates to ‘peace’ & ‘world’ in Russian, and ‘mine’ in German. Through exploring music from different parts of the world and including their own music, Maimu, I-Han and Repkat create a captivating soundscape that transcends borders. In the summer of 2022 we recorded our first EP which will be released in the spring of 2023 and we are excited to play the music live!Photo by Hijran Kiroran
Middle Eastern Orchestra
Middle Eastern Orchestra is a Helsinki (Finland) based orchestra led by Ali Haithem. I have been part of their journey since 2019. Our conductor is Kaapo Johannes Ijas.
Is my favourite indie-band from Estonia that I have played together with since 2015. Hope to share some new music with you at some point!
Duo Maimu Jõgeda & Senni Heiskanen
In summer 2021 me and Senni Heiskanen started a duo. Senni Heiskanen is a Finnish kantele player and singer who plays traditional music from the Nordic countries and also creates her own music. First time we played together was in autumn 2019 - it was when we started our master studies together at KMH in Stockholm. A traveling master's programme called Nordic Master in Folk music was what borught us together. So far we have had one concert in Finland and one concert coming up in Estonia.
Photo by Germán A. Castiblanco Moreno
How do we see, feel and control our bodies? What does the privacy of my body mean? We have different narratives about bodies, ideal images of bodies, beautiful ones, healthy ones, gendered ones. Our perception of the world is based on our bodies, our joy, our pain. The aim of the project is to reflect on these phenomena, we experience every day, with animated theatrical and improvisational elements focusing on materiality and sound. Together with Nóra Varga, Minttu-Maaria Makkonen and Ines Masanti we created an online exhibition which is availabe for visitors on: www.mysomaticfiction.comThis project was created in the time span of August-December 2020.
Exhibiton was released on 21st of December 2020 and was running until 21st of December 2021. Some of our works are still available on Youtube.
Photo by Nóra Varga
Five young musicians, Five countries, one language: folk music! These five young musicians met during the Nordic Master program and formed a band to bring their wild and groovy edition of nordic folk music onto the stages. GROV is rooted, unique sounding, with an exceptional combination of unordinary instruments. Flemish melodeon facing Norwegian harding fiddle, French bourrées against Finnish polkas, Danish dynamism and Estonian elegance. Together GROV is playing traditional and contemporary music in a widespread rainbow of vibrant grooves, beautiful songs, and breathtaking tunes! LET’S GROV!
Coline Genet (FR) - Fiddle, Voice
Jeroen Laureyssens (BE) - Diatonic Accordion
Maimu Jõgeda (EST) - Accordion
Martin Strange Lorenzen (DK) - Clarinets
Senni Heiskanen (FIN) - Kantele, Voice
Photo by Justyna Krzyżanowska