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M.A. Numminen (FI)

Mauri Antero Numminen (Somero, Finland, born March 12, 1940) has been one of the pioneers of Finnish avantgarde/underground & electronic music scene.

In his early days Numminen often consciously tried to provoke people. Here he succeeded well, for example by his interpretations of Franz Schubert's lieds, sung with his own idiosyncratic singing voice, or managing to create a scandal at the Jyväskylän kesä festival of Jyväskylä in 1966 with his song lyrics taken from a sex guide. Numminen also did music to the writings of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

M.A. Numminen became a popular favourite with his children's songs in the 1973 film Herra Huu - Jestapa Jepulis, Penikat Sipuliks, where he also played the main ...

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Södra Bergens Balalaikor

Södra Bergens Balalaikor (The South Mountain Balalajkas) is a non-profit orchestra based in Stockholm, Sweden that plays and sings Russian folk music. The orchestra does not have a director, conductor or any other leader. All the members take turns as responsible for rehearsals and administration of the orchestra.

At the start (1969) the orchestra where represented by 30 prim-balalaikas and one guitar. Today it handles the whole balalaika and domra family as well as the Russian accordion (Bayan) and a lot of wind and rhythm instruments. Lately it has performed and played with some classical soloists such as Dan Laurin (recorder) and Cecila Zilliachus (violn) from Sweden and Olga Shishkina (gussli) from Russia.

At ...

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