Friday 12.7 at 8pm: Musical performance by Eva Alkula (kantele) and Tomoya Nakai (25-str. koto)

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to a musical performance by Eva Alkula (kantele) and Tomoya Nakai (25-str. koto) on Friday 12.7 at 8pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

Eva Alkula
and Tomoya Nakai will perform music from their newest album SILLALLA. Many of the works are based on old stories
adopted from Japanese Noh -theater or ancient mythologies.

SILLALLA was awarded as the kantele album of the year 2012.

You are all most welcome.

Warm regards,


-Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome.

Eva Alkula

Kantele artist Eva Alkula specializes in contemporary music, electronic music and Japanese music. Alkula performs as soloist and in variable
chamber music ensembles. She has performed around Europe (e.g. Scandinavia, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Romania), in the USA and Japan. In Japan she visits annually and gives concerts and workshops there. Alkula collaborates with contemporary composers and has premiered several works for kantele. She also composes and arranges music, especially for her duo ensemble with koto artist Tomoya Nakai.

Alkula has released a solo album ‘Helios’ in 2007. Album ‘Youkihi’ with koto artist Tomoya Nakai was released in 2009 and the duo’s newest album SILLALLA in 2012.has also broadcasted in The Finnish Broadcasting Company, BBC and NHK (Japan) and participated in several film and documentary productions. At present Alkula’s work is supported by an artist grant from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Tomoya Nakai

Tomoya Nakai is highly regarded and awarded artist of traditional Japanese music. Nakai graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music in 2000. In 2002, he passed the NHK Traditional Music Audition and received the Cultural Encouragement Award from his hometown Tsu. In addition to the 25-string koto Nakai also plays the shamisen (3-string lute ) and composes both solo and chamber music works.

Tomoya Nakai has made it his life-work to express the majesty of Japanese Noh theater in music. Nakai performs actively in Japan in various concert venues, schools and in media. He has also performed widely abroad e.g. Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Finland, Vienna, Vietnam and Thailand. Nakai collaborates with several artists from various musical genres in Japan and abroad. With the Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra Nakai has performed both in Tokyo and in Vienna. With shakuhachi artist Takuya Iwata Nakai collaborates in Duo
. With Finnish kantele artist Eva Alkula Nakai has collaborated since 2006. Their album “Youkihi” was released in 2009. Nakai and Alkula have visited the major music festivals in Finland and toured widely around Japan. In 2009 they premiered
Harri Suilamo’s “Wasuregai –onnade calligraphy”, commissioned by the Kantele Association in Finland.

has broadcasted in NHK and The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. He also has been featured in various magazines such as The Weekly Shukan Asahi article “ New Traditional Music Talent”. Nakai has released solo albums ”Hana wa kokoro” (Flowering spirit, 2006) and Yume wa utsutsu (Dream or reality, 2008).