About Me

Hello and welcome!

I, Pekko, am a player of Jouhikko – the ancient Finnish-Karelian bowed lyre. My music has been described like this: "In his hands the rough sound of weaved horsehair strings are swaying between the foul and lovely – dirty and pure. The old songs of unwritten tradition, timeless and dark stories mediates in his mouth."

I got involved with the Jouhikko in 1997 in the Ala-Könni–institute of Kaustinen. Ever since I've been studying the Jouhikko tradition with the master players of Finland, Estonia and Sweden. I've been performing with different Jouhikkos in diverse ensembles, theatre productions etc. My debut recording, EP “Kalastajia ja kaivostyöläisiä" was released in 2001. I also co-produced the album “Hiien Hivuksista – Jouhikko Music from Finland" (2003). My first full-length album “Jos ken pahoin uneksii" was released autumn 2007, and the next one, "Vuonna '86" is about to come out any second. You can pre-order it from Singing Knives already!

Check me also in the myspace, you might find something more to date there.

Here's some bands I'm involved with:
Lau Nau


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