Maria Kalaniemi & Marianne Maans
Accordion, fiddle and vocals
Glimmering tones and swelling emotions
The duo offers folk music gems from the tradition of Swedish-speaking Finland as well as new creations; beautiful, uprising and emotional songs and instrumentals on accordion, fiddle and vocals.
Maria Kalaniemi and Marianne Maans met at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department in 1987 and have been friends ever since, also playing together in the group Ramunders Döttrar (later Ramunder) both in Finland and abroad. Today you can hear thirty years of friendship and life experience in their music and communication.
Maria Kalaniemi is an internationally renowned accordionist with a long career both in Finland and abroad. She has totally reformed the perception of the accordion and of accordion music.
Marianne Maans is a folk musician with deep roots in the Ostrobothnian fiddle tradition. She has a long experience in traditional folk music and a versatile profile as educator, musician and with different projects.