Saana

Saana

Saana KujalaSaana Kujala is a nyckelharpa player with roots in the fiddle tradition of Perhonjokilaakso in Central Ostrobothnia, Finland. She grew up among a this thriving folk music tradition while also studying classical piano and violin.

Working both in Finland and Sweden, she has studied at the Eric Sahlström Institutet in Tobo, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and at Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Currently she is travelling across the nordic countries on the Nordic Master in Folk Music program with the group Farandi. In addition to her work as a performer and composer, Saana Kujala also has wide experience as a teacher and workshop leader.

Her playing is built on nordic dance and folk music traditions, particularly swedish folk music which plays a large roll in her sound. She is especially interested in both the communication between musicians and dancers, and in improvisation where she pioneered the transposition of Finnish kantele melodies onto an antecedent of the Swedish nyckelharpa, the kontrabasharpa.