Folk Music Group Tallari
Elias Tallari oli 1800-luvun lopun kovimpia häitä ja pitoja kierrelleitä pohjalaisia soittoniekkoja ja sai siksi antaa nimensä maan ensimmäiselle kansanmusiikin ammattiyhtyeelle. Pelimannimusiikin kehdosta Kaustiselta käsin Tallari on jo 35 vuotta pitänyt yllä suomalaisen juurimusiikin liekkiä toinen jalka syvällä perinteessä ja toinen tiukasti nykyhetkessä, sytyttäen arkistojen aarteet eloon ja luoden uutta. Tallari konsertoi ja kouluttaa, järjestää työpajoja, yhteissoittotilaisuuksia ja jameja, vaalii perinteisiä kansanmusiikin tyylejä, kokeilee, luo ja liikkuu rohkeasti taiteen rajapintoja puhkoen. Yhtyeen ohjelmistoon kuuluu useita eri konserttikokonaisuuksia solistien ja muusikkovieraiden kanssa.
Violin, nyckelharpa, vocals
Born in Kaustinen, Katri has been a member of Tallari since 2013. She is the group's violinist, nyckelharpist and singer. She has previously worked as a musician for the Rimpparemmi Dance Theatre, among others. Katri has graduated as a music pedagogue and has taught, for instance, at the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory, Centria University of Applied Sciences and Näppärit. Katri is a strong and soulful vocalist and musician, who is truly at home with the traditional Kaustinen-style of playing and delicately elegant folk songs as well as with Hungarian peasant music.
Violin, Finnish nyckelharpa, mandolin, vocals
Arto Järvelä (b. 1964) is one of the most internationally known Finnish contemporary musicians. He graduated from the Sibelius Academy's Folk Music Department in 1994 and has worked mainly as a freelance musician and teacher. In his solo production, he has profiled himself as a researcher of archaic, largely extinct music and solo playing styles. In addition, he is known from bands such as JPP, Pinnin pojat, WAO, Salamakannel and Nordik Tree. Järvelä has played on more than a hundred albums in total. He was a member of Tallari from 1986 to 1989 and has also frequently visited Tallari as a guest over the years. In addition to the violin, Arto Järvelä's instrumental repertoire includes the nyckelharpa, the Finnish nyckelharpa or esseharpa and the mandolin.
violin, harmonium, tenor guitar
Esko Järvelä graduated with a master's degree in music from the University of the Arts in Helsinki in 2013. He is known internationally from the bands such as Frigg, JPP, Teho, Tötterssön, Baltic Crossing and Esko Järvelä Epic Male Band, in addition to which he has worked as a musician in numerous theater productions and on several albums, as well as a music teacher at the Sibelius Academy and the Pop & Jazz Conservatory. From a young age, he has been actively involved in Näppärit as a teacher and arranger of Näppäri songs. Furthermore, he is the artistic director of the TE! Fest in Kerava. Esko Järvelä's main instruments are the violin and the harmonium.
Sampo, whose music teacher studies brought him from Espoo to Central Ostrobothnia, brings color to Tallari especially through his extensive instrumental repertoire - Sampo is a friend with the bass, the kanteles, the guitar and several other string instruments. His favorite and closest instrument to him, however, is the harmonium. Sampo is also a productive composer for Tallari and his other ensembles. In addition to Tallari, Sampo is active in bands such as Häävi and Zwei Mannborgs and as the leader of the accompaniment bands for the folk dance groups of the Kaustinen Youth Society.
Matti, who heads the Folk Music Institute, is responsible for the administration of Tallari, but also jumps to the stage if necessary. Matti specializes in different styles of Finnish folk singing and has played and sung in bands such as Halogen and Hiite. Today, he performs with the children's music orchestra in Henxelit and also as a solo artist playing traditional ballad songs.