Celenka is a fresh Finnish trio bursting with virtuoso musicianship and in possession of the daring to combine tradition with new musical creations. The trio has arranged their music for a rare combination of vocals, kantele, trumpet and harmonium.
The three members of Celenka are currently the most interesting Finnish world music names: Emmi Kujanpää (vocals, kantele and dance) is known for her celebrated vocal group Finno-Balkan Voices. Eero Grundström (harmonium, vocals and harmonica) is known for his harmonica quartet Sväng and Jarkko Niemelä¨ (trumpet and vocals) plays in internationally recognized group Alamaailman Vasarat and Jaakko Laitinen ja Väärä Raha -band.
Celenka's debut album is made of the best qualities of East European music: one can hear magically sensitive ballads, touching narratives and wild shamanistic dances. The vocalist Emmi Kujanpää has collected songs on field trips to Bulgaria and Karelia (Vienan Karjala specifically), where she has received songs directly from the holders of the old traditions. Some songs on this album have been discovered from musical archives, while another group of compositions were newly written and arranged by the band members for this record.
Celenka started playing together in 2013 and their music has been positively noticed in the Finnish world music scene.