Kujanpää, Emmi

Emmi Kujanpää – a folk singer and kantele player from Finland.

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Emmi Kujanpää is a singer, kantele player and composer who specializes in Finno-Karelian and Balkan folk music. Kujanpää has been working extensively on Finno-Karelian and Balkan singing for more than ten years.

Between 2010 and 2022 Emmi Kujanpää has released several band albums, and the internationally acclaimed solo album Nani (Nordic Notes, 2020) in collaboration with the Bulgarian choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Vocal Academy.

In her compositions and music videos, Kujanpää has dealt with the different aspects of femininity. Stories of female goddesses and #metoo experiences are expressed through vocal ornamentation, traditional lamentations, and dissonance.

Besides her solo project she’s a member of Finnish folk music trio Celenka. Celenka got the prestigious Finnish Emma Award in May 2022 from the band's second album Villoi varsa (Nordic Notes, 2021).

Emmi Kujanpää is an appreciated folk music pedagogue, and she has worked as a kantele and folk singing teacher over 20 years in Finland and abroad (especially in Germany).

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Schlesische Str. 42, 10997 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0)17683041799

Nordic Notes
Christian Pliefke

"»NANI« is magnificent" »NANI« ist grandios"
​Nordische Musik, ​4.2.2020, Tim Jonathan Kleinecke: ★★★★★

"This album is femininity that has become music. Mystical and mysterious full, gentle, sensual and yet determined and powerful."// "dieses Album ist die Musik gewordene Weiblichkeit. Mystisch und geheimnisvoll, sanft, sinnlich und doch bestimmt und kraftvoll." Nordis, März/April 2/2020, Christine Birkel

participating in

  • WOMEX 2022
  • WOMEX, Digital Edition, feat. Budapest Ritmo
  • WOMEX 2019
stand number WOMEX 22: 118, 121-122


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