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• Nikodemus (2008), Ääniä AANIA-5

Marianne Maans
• Marianne Maans (2004), Institute of Finland-Swedish Traditional Music FMICD 21
• I Ramunders Fotspår (2000), Institute of Finland-Swedish Traditional Music FMICD 16
• Pirnales (1989), Olarin Musiikki OMCD 26
• Aquas (1992), Folk Music Institute KICD 27

Rauno Nieminen
• Hiien Hivuksista- Jouhikkomusic from Finland (2003), Finnish Institute of Folk Music / Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department KICD 82
• Karhujuhla, Köyhät Ritarit ja Primo (1986), Fuga FUGA 9033
• Haltian Opissa, Primo (1984), Olarin Musiikki OMLP 8
• Pillarhorn och Knaveharpa (1983), Rikskonserter
• Pikka, pikku pikku Akka (1980), WSOY

Pekko Käppi
• Äijä, Jet-Black (2008), Ääniä AANIA-4
• Pekko Käppi, Jos ken pahoin uneksii (2007), Peippo
• Minun Päiväkunnissani. (2004), Imvated
• Bubnit Sebje Pod Nos. (2003), 247 Lattajjaa
• Kalastajia ja Kaivostyöläisiä. (2001), Amerikan Peikko

Ilkka Heinonen
• Ville Leinonen: Suudelmitar 2004 Pokocd 281
• Tsuumi Soundsystem: Rajaton tapaus 2004 TSUUMICD 002
• Kirjava lintu: Kirjava lintu 2007 KIIMA-1009
• Ville Leinosen Unilehto 2008 Poko



The lyre was played with a bow as early as in the European Middle Ages. In the area around the Baltic Sea we find evidence of both bowed and plucked lyres. In Estonia and Eastern Finland the bowed lyre - Jouhikko - remained in useuntil the beginning of the 20th century. Towards the end of the 20th century the jouhikko tradition experienced a revival. Jouhiorkesteri - Horse Hair Orchestra - was founded in the beginnig of the third milenium and the members span three generations of players. Jouhiorkesteri is devoted to the drone music traditions of Nothern Europe. The jouhiorkestra has made a moving CD where an old and forgotten instrument has in one leap reclaimed it's position among all the well-known string instruments.
The music performed by Jouhiorkesteri is been made by four dedicated talents: the master instrument builder Rauno Nieminen, Marianne Maans who has come of age together with the latest folk music wave. And two players from the younger generation of folk musicians: Pekko Käppi, with an established solo jouhikko career, and Ilkka Heinonen who specialises in low-range jouhikko.
The quartet can sound like a big string orchestra with the added spice of overtone flute, jaw harp and the human voice giving it variation and depth.

Marianne Maans, jouhikko, esseharpa, vocals
Marianne's musical roots are in the Finnish-Swedish violin tradition. She got acquainted with jouhikko in the Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy in 1987. She is also known from her beautiful and touching singing. Her own solo album was released in 2004.

Pekko Käppi: jouhikko, alto-jouhikko, song
Pekko got to know the jouhikko at the Ala-Könni School in Kaustinen in 1997, after which jouhikko has been his main instrument. Pekko studies ethnomusicology and besides the jouhikko, he is well-versed in the FInnish runo-singing tradition as a researcher and singer. His debut album " Kalastajia ja kaivostyöläisiä" was released in 2001. Viddas and Äjia are some of the other groups Pekko performs with.

Rauno Nieminen: jouhikko, willow flute, jaw harp, vocals
Rauno is a musician, instrument builder and a researcher. Playing and building instruments have been a parallel occupation since the 1960's. Since 1984, he has worked as a teacher of intsrument building at Käsi ja taideteollisuusoppilaitos in Ikaalinen. Rauno is one of the influential people in the resurgence of jouhikko and he is writing a PhD about jouhikko at the Sibelius Academy.

Ilkka Heinonen: jouhikko, bass jouhikko, vocals
Ilkka studies at the Sibelius Academy, where his main instrument is double-bass. Ilkka has played jouhikko since the first beats of the third millenium. He also performs with the klezmer band Freilach mit Kneidlach, as well as in Ruuti and Kirjava Lintu.