Biography

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CHARLOTTA HAGFORS

was born in 1978 in Helsinki. There, she studied ethnomusicology at the University from 2002 to 2005, before starting musicology studies at the Sibelius Academy.

Besides her academic achievements, she can already look back on a decade spanning carreer as a singer. She has been a member of the Philomela Choir since 1997, which released several records and toured as far as Japan and Cuba.

While being involved the Young Music Caravan she also toured Europe in 2004 and 2007. Being a modern and versatile singer, she has been involved in many other projects in Finland and Germany, such as “Ketsurat” (a female acapella group) and the “Play!” ensemble.

She is also the lead vocalist in the Finnish group “Venho” and provided backing vocals to several pop records, like The Rasmus’ “Peep” on Warner Music.
However, her true passion lies in the tradionial folk music of Northern Europe, which she is currently exploring in Nordic Appeal. With her voice she tries to break stylistic boundaries, while being rooted in traditional Folklore. Charlotta is currently continuing her studies in a Nordic Master program in Folkmusic. 

 

 

 

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VESA NORILO

born in 1981, is a Finnish Cellist and sound engineer. He is currently studying for his second Master degree in folk music performance. He already gained a Master of Arts in music technology at the Sibelius Acadamy in 2006. He also studied Irish traditional music and dance at the Univerity of Limerick.

As a Cellist, he has performed at the National Theatre in London with Lily Neill. One of his concerts with the group Hereä was broadcasted nationally by YLE (Finnish National Broadcasting). He has also played in the ensembles Hopeapuu, Routa and in a Duo with Juha Virtanen.

He now is a member of Nordic Appeal, where he can combine his strong interest in tradional folk music with his desire to experiment with acoustic sounds.
Besides, he is a very busy sound engineer, working on numerous recording sessions and stage shows. He also is renowned expert on sound engineering and author of several music technology related publications.

 

 

 

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 ANDREAS BRUNN

born in Weimar in 1964, he has been playing clarinet since the age of six and started learning the guitar at the age of fourteen. Andreas Brunn studied guitar and musicology at the renown “Franz Liszt” university in Weimar. His composition „Two Faces“ won the first prize at the national guitar composing contest „OPEN STRINGS“ by the magazine AKUSTIK Gitarre.

The guitarist tours on diverse european and asian festivals. He has worked e.g. with Petri Hakala, Stoyan Yankoulov, Ateshan Husseinov, Uli Bartel, Mack Goldsbury, Ralf Siedhoff, Ferenc Snetberger. Andreas Brunn also took conga-lessons with Topo Gioa and also works as a teacher of ta-ke-ti-na percussion.

2003 he was Scholar of Senatesadministration for Science, Research and Culture Berlin in Bulgarien. In July 2004, he was artistic director of the cultural project supported by the European Union “Young music caravan – Europe 2004”. The young european musicians travelled over 7000 km through Europe playing at well renowned festivals in 10 countries.