Saturday 21.2 at 4 pm at Arkadia: Chasing the Spark by Johanna-Adele Jüssi (EE) & Maija Kauhanen (FI)

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to Chasing the Spark by Johanna-Adele Jüssi (EE) & Maija Kauhanen (FI) on Saturday 21.2 at 4 pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

Chasing the Spark“ is a series of concerts which are collaborations between the Estonian fiddler Johanna-Adele Jüssi and 11 other traditional musicians from the Nordic countries, Baltics and the Great Britain. Each of the concerts is a one time only possible first meeting between two performers chasing the mutual musical spark. The concerts will take place in the home areas of the participants, spreading the events all over the Northern Europe.


Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the bookshop is suggested and would be most welcome. Arkadia wouldn’t exist without this act of generosity. If you have no loose change or coins we gladly accept payment via Visa Electron or Mastercard etc. !

Chasing the Spark musicians:

Johanna-Adele Jüssi
Jullie Hjetland
Maija Kauhanen
Miia Palomäki
Ragnhild Furebotten
Sandra Marteleur
Bridget Marsden
Sarah-Jane Summers
Marit Fält
Merike Paberits
Piret Päär
Laima Jansone


A curious fiddler, Johanna-Adele Jüssi, who with openness has travelled and played, studied and taught is a contemporary tradition carrier from Estonia. Her expression is both elegant and raw, storytelling and spellbinding.
She is an active musician most often playing with her duo with Jo Einar Jansen and her own named band, occasionally performing with Les Filles Du Nord.
In October 2012 Johanna-Adele gave out her debut solo cd “Kiilid” (GO0812) which was very well received by numerous critics. “Her sensitive and equilibristic fiddle playing makes me already now without hesitation name her to the fiddler of the year.” (Lira Musikmagasin, Bengt Edqvist)
Johanna-Adele has a Master in Nordic Folk Music, having studied traditional music in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Before that she studied Estonian traditional music at Viljandi Culture Academy.
In May 2014, Duo Jansen/Jüssi released their album “Mängleik”.

MAIJA KAUHANEN (FI) – kantele, harmonium, percussion, vocals

Maija Kauhanen (b.1986) is a multitalented professional musician and songwriter with a strong presence on stage. She has specialized in Finnish Saarijärvi kantele and the old and rare technique of playing kantele with a wooden stick. She is very curious about arranging folk music in a modern way.
In Finland Maija plays in several bands, i.e. Rönsy, Okra Playground and she has also some international projects going on, i.e. Mari Kalkun & Runorun (FI/EE/AU) and Folk’avant (SE/FI). On Maija´s solo project she plays kantele,
percussions and sings at the same time and combains sometimes dance to the performance too.
With her solo material Maija won the International Solo Kantele Competition in Helsinki 2011 and during the same year she shared the second price of Nord´11 Competition in Sälen, Sweden. She has also worked a lot in different projects as freelancer musician (Finland, Japan, UK, Sweden Norway, Germany, Taiwan, Estonia…) and taken part in many CD-productions. Maija has studied in Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department and also teaches there kantele now.