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- WOMEX 2011
Antti Paalanen has created a new acoustic sound with the diatonic accordion, and he's given it a new name - the Breathbox - which is also the title of his new solo album, released in November 2010. The artistic producer of the album is globally recognised musician and performance artist Kimmo Pohjonen.
One of the leading musicians in modern Finnish folk music, Paalanen has a powerful, open-minded command of his instrument, and his hypnotic and minimalistic tunes tell stories about the world of today.
He graduated as Master of Music from the Department of Folk Music of the Sibelius Academy, and is now working on his artistic doctoral studies, composing new music for diatonic accordion.
Alongside his solo career, Antti Paalanen is a member of several folk music bands and line-ups such as Hehkumo, Hyperborea, Kiharakolmio, Trepaanit and Turkka ja Paalanen. Over the last few years he's been touring throughout Europe and in China, Russia and Mexico.