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Kantele : EVA ALKULA
&
Koto : TOMOYA NAKAI

Kantele of Finland meets Koto of Japan. These two stringed instruments join together for an electric and acoustic collaboration.

The instrument that EVA performs with is a "electric kantele", an electrically amplified version of the traditional multi-stringed instrument "kantele" from Finland.

The instrument that TOMOYA performs with is a "25-string koto", a 25 stringed version of the traditional Japanese stringed instrument "koto".

Eva and Tomoya create innovate music while maintaining tradition elements. The two also establish cultural exchange between Finland and Japan by performing music with themes influenced by ancient stories and traditional music from each other’s countries.


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Kagome

This work depicts the fantasy of adults turning back into children while they hum the children song "kagome" and reminisce about their childhood. By composing the original "kagome" into five variations and by adopting various change of rhythms and playing methods into this piece, it becomes a piece that requires highly complexed techniques. (Composed: November 2005, Tomoya Nakai)

Tomoya Nakai & Eva Alkula JAPAN TOUR 2010
-1st album "YOUKIHI" Memorial Concert  -from Concert in Tokyo

Eva Alkula(Kantele)&Tomoya Nakai(25-string koto)
This work is the promotion video of the DUO (Tomoya Nakai "25st -Koto player" & Eva Alkula "Electlic kantele player").
Finland & Japan

Kehtolaulu

Kehtolaulu is the integration between two lovable melodies from Finland and Japan. It is the combination of "リューリ・リューリ", from the East Karelia of Finland, and "Akatonbo" (Composed by Kósçak Yamada)from Japan. This piece was composed by Eva and Tomoya soon after they formed their unit. They hope that this piece would be able to portray the wonderful culture and atmosphere of Finland and Japan. (Arranged: 2003/2006, Eva Alkula)

Tomoya Nakai & Eva Alkula JAPAN TOUR 2010
-1st album "YOUKIHI" Memorial Concert  -from Concert in Tokyo

Eva Alkula(Kantele)&Tomoya Nakai(25-string koto)
This work is the promotion video of the DUO (Tomoya Nakai "25st -Koto player" & Eva Alkula "Electlic kantele player").
Finland & Japan

Orpheus

In Greek mythology, Orpheus was a legendary harpist who traveled to the underworld to save the love of his life. While in the underworld, Orpheus played the harp to overcome the many difficulties that he faced. Orpheus has agreed that he would not look back until both he and his wife had reached the upper world. However, because there was nothing but silence behind him, he could not help but look back. With the loss of his wife for the second time, Orpheus continues his search in sorrow.

Finally, Orpheus was ripped to pieces by Thracian Maenads for not honoring his previous patron Dionysus. He was then thrown into Helicon River.

Orpheus's body was then collected by gods of music and his harp was placed among the stars by Zeus. Orpheus now shines in the summer night sky known as Lyra.



Tomoya Nakai & Eva Alkula JAPAN TOUR 2010
-1st album "YOUKIHI" Memorial Concert  -from Concert in Mie

Eva Alkula(Kantele)&Tomoya Nakai(25-string koto)
This work is the promotion video of the DUO (Tomoya Nakai "25st -Koto player" & Eva Alkula "Electlic kantele player").
Finland & Japan

piupali paupali

In East Karelia of Finland, the widely known children song "piupali paupali", or also known as "The Lullaby of the Shoemaker's Wife" is a pleasant triple time musical composition. The piece is so pleasant that is as soft as the night breeze that chimes the wind bell and swings the cradle. It is as if the gentle melody invites you to a dream. To deliver such an experience, the 15-string koto is performed by plucking the strings with the pizzicato technique. (Arranged: 2008, Eva Alkula)

Eva Alkula(Kantele)&Tomoya Nakai(25-string koto)
This work is the promotion video of the DUO (Tomoya Nakai "25st -Koto player" & Eva Alkula "Electlic kantele player").
Finland & Japan

japan tour 2010 ENG

This work is the promotion video of the DUO (Tomoya Nakai "25st -Koto player" & Eva Alkula "Electlic kantele player").

Eva Alkula(Kantele)&Tomoya Nakai(25-string koto)
This work is the promotion video of the DUO (Tomoya Nakai "25st -Koto player" & Eva Alkula "Electlic kantele player").
Finland & Japan

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SILLALLA アルバムジャケット

Eva&Tomoya 3rd Album:Laulu ~Utazukushi~
1. Takeda no Komoriuta


2. Kokiriko Bushi


3. Isohara Bushi


4. Shiorai


5. Tsukinukaisya


6. Humma


7. Motion


8. Upopo


9. Konpira Funefune


10. Tanabata


Printed in Taiwana:CAMUS-0008

SILLALLA アルバムジャケット

Eva&Tomoya 2nd Album:SILLALLA ~On the bridge~
1. INTRO


2. STAR BRIGHT (AMA NO GAWA)


3. ORFEUS


4. WASURE-GAI ~ONNADE GALLIGRAPHY


5. DREAM


6. FLOATING BRIDGES OF THE DREAM


7. SOAP BUBBLES (SHABONDAMA)


Printed in Taiwana:CAMUS-0005

YOUKIHI

Album:YOUKIHI
1. Kagome


2. Izutsu


3. Piupali paupali


4. Oborozukiyo


5. Kehtolaulu


6. Youkihi


7. Okiage no uta


Made in Austria:TEXCD 097 - LC-14002

2007
• Sibelius Academy & Finnish Kantele Association
• Anniversary Concert Invitation from 30x20

2008
• Held workshop and concert at Sommelo
• Composed and performed Kihaus commissioned piece "Youkihi" for the first time
• Participated in the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival
•Participated in Jyvaskylan
•Recorded the album “Youkihi”

2009
•Performed Finnish Kantele Association commissioned piece "Wasure Gai" for the first time in Viitasaari's "Mujikinaika" opening concert
• Held workshop and concert at Sommelo
• Performed in Tampere for "Duo Concert"
• Held live event in Digelius

2010
• Japan Tour vol. 1 - Mie/Tokyo/Ibaraki/Hokkaido/Chiba
• Held talk show and concert at the Finland Embassy
• Held live event at Tower Records
• Invited to the 10th Anniversary Concert of Finland Japan Association
• Performed in Tampere for "Duo Concert"
• Held live event in Digelius

2011
• Participated in Nordic Music Days in Reykjavík, Iceland
• Held workshop in Finland University
• Japan Tour vol. 2 – (Mie Prefecture Culture Center/Mie Prefecture Public Library/Saiku Historical Museum)
• Recorded the album "Hashi no Ue de"

CD
• Released "Youkihi" with EVA ALKULA
• Released "SILLALLA ~on the Bridge~" with EVA ALKULA (2012)
• Released "Laulu ~Uta Zukushi~" with EVA ALKULA (2016)