Mon 10.4.2023 at 19 Teija Niku solo, Timo Alakotila & Petri Hakala: Mandolin Concerto    

JuuriJuhla-RotFest’s opening concert.

Teija Niku is an accordionist whose special skills are Nordic and Balkan folk music. Niku has been characterized as a composer with a great sense of melody and an inventive arranger, whose singing and unpretentious playing style rises above technical performance.
Composer, pianist Timo Alakotila's mandolin concerto for mandolinist Petri Hakala was completed in 2014. The parts of the concert, Movement 1-3: Polska Allegro, Polska Larghetto and Danza. They are based on the folk music tradition, but in Alakotila's style, the composition is a combination of chamber and folk music and improvisation. This concerto has been described as a real challenge for the mandolin player. In addition to Petri Hakala and Timo Alakotila, violinists Siiri Virkkala, Esko and Mauno Järvelä, cellist Marion Göbel and Swedish guitarist Roger Tallroth are playing the Mandolin Concerto. Espoo Cathedral Free entry