ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT / in English

 

”Maija Kauhanen is rare versatile musician and everything she does is done at the top level” (Tove Djupsjöbacka, HBL)

 

”This young woman is one of the rising stars in the Finnish folk” (Dani Heyvaert, Rootstime.be)

 

”Raivopyörä is the brilliant debut of an extraordinary artist. Maija Kauhanen shows her remarkable talent as a vocalist,

instrumentalist and as a composer.” (Thoralf Koß, www.global-music.de)

MAIJA KAUHANEN & RAIVOPYÖRÄ: MEDIA ATTENTION OVERVIEW IN 2017 HERE

MORE RAIVOPYÖRÄ REVIEWS TRANSLATED IN ENGLISH:

  • HELSINGIN SANOMAT (FINLAND) HERE

  • GLOBAL MUSIC | WELTMUSIK MAGAZIN (GERMANY) HERE

 

Interview in Music Finland's magazine in 2017

"Maija Kauhanen – multitasking her way between tradition and modern rhythms" HERE

MAIJA KAUHANEN

With her clear, powerfully expressive voice, fleet-fingered kantele playing and inventive percussion accompaniment, one-woman-band Maija Kauhanen builds up atmospheric live soundscapes full of ethereal beauty, compelling organic beats and passages of soulful intensity. She specialises in Finnish kantele, using the old and rare technique of playing with a small wooden stick, and her compositions are inspired by the rural music traditions of Finland and Karelia. The themes of her songs are contemporary, though: stories of challenging relationships, domestic violence and child-brides are unflinchingly portrayed, but there is also joy, hope and the mystery of young love to be celebrated. Over the past few years, Maija has performed in China, Japan, Scandinavia and across Europe. Her first album, 'Raivopyörä/The Whirl of Rage', was released this year to fulsome accolades from the mainstream Finnish press. In 2017 Maija won a Critics’ Spurs prize by the The Finnish Critics’ Association for "the best artistic breakthrough or comparable for a young artist during the year". On November she won the the award 'Newcomer of the Year' in the first Finnish Ethnogala and was one of the main performances in the gala itself.

Maija Kauhanen - vocals, kantele & percussion

LONGER BIO ABOUT MAIJA: https://www.maijakauhanen.com/about

PRESS PICS & ALBUM COVER HERE

LIVE PICS HERE

TECHNICAL RIDER / with Maija´s own sound engineer & backline needs HERE

LIVE VIDEOS:

 

LIVE show from The Finnish Ethnogala on 7 November 2017: HERE

Maija Kauhanen from 1'30'50'' to 1'56'25

CONTACT:

 

Maija Kauhanen

maija.kauhanen@gmail.com

+358 40 743 8293

BOOKING & INFO:

Johanna Sauramäki / SAURA Ohjelmapalvelu

johanna@sauraohjelma.com

+ 358 50 548 1793

Sound engineer:

Joonas Saikkonen

joonas.saikkonen@gmail.com 

+358 50 405 9509

www.maijakauhanen.com

www.facebook.com/maijakauhanenmusic

www.instagram.com/maijakauhanen