Anna-Kaisa Liedes

head of the folk music department


One of Finland's leading folk music singers, Anna-Kaisa Liedes has been an integral part of the development of the modern experimental folk music scene for over twenty years. Besides Finno-Ugrian song tradition, Anna-Kaisa Liedes specializes in voice improvisation, exploring the possibilities of the human voice. She has performed worldwide as a solo artist and with groups such as Niekku, Tallari, MeNaiset and the Voice Theatre Iki-Turso, as well as with artists such as Maria Kalaniemi and Heikki Laitinen. Liedes has composed and performed music for film and theatre and has recorded several albums both solo and with different ensembles. She leads her own ensemble Utua, which has released an album by the same name 2004. Liedes has graduated as Doctor of Music from Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department, where she works as a lecturer and the head of the department.

participating in

  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2001