Petri Prauda

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  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2011

Petri Prauda is a leading character in the Finnish folk music scene, a multi-instrumentalist and an educator. He has been touring with the supergroup Frigg all over the world since 2000 and has played on numerous folk and rock albums. His main instruments are mandolin and cittern, but he also plays the Finnish bagpipes.

Prauda is currently teaching at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Faculty as a lecturer of ensemble and improvisation. In 2010 he founded the 40-member Sibelius Academy Folk Big Band whose cd “FBB” (SibaRecords 2014) won ”the Finnish Grammy” award Etno-Emma. Also Päre – a more traditional band he founded around the bagpipes – has already claimed international recognition. But right now he is playing the pipes in a brand new band: Ritva Nero plays groovy party folk metal without any guitars. The unique sound of the band consists of soprano saxophone, bagpipes and nyckelharpa, joined with a rock bassist and a metal drummer.

Alongside work Prauda is preparing his doctorate research of the Finnish bagpipes playing style.

Petri Prauda

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