global music master degree

Roope Aarnio

GLOMAS Master Ensemble teacher, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. 

Lena Gregersen

Ms. Lena Gregersen

Royal Academy of Music
Aarhus, Denmark


Welcome to the Glomas program!

I look forward to teaching you inspiring music and movement techniques, as well as creative approaches to holistic improvisation and pedagogy, mostly based on African traditions.

Lena Gregersen is an Associate Professor with the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark, specializing in “Singing, Dancing and Playing,” within the Music and Movement programs. She has traveled to Cuba and Brazil several times and is deeply interested in Afro-Latin cultures, particularly the way that music and dance are integrated into daily life. She has also studied dance in African nations, and much of her teaching is based on African diasporic traditions in which music and movement are intertwined.

Topi Korhonen

GLOMAS Master Ensemble teacher, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

Dr. Eva Saether

Dr. Eva Saether
Music Education Department
Malmo Academy, University of Lund
Malmo, Sweden

Welcome to the Glomas program!

I am eager to teach you about music in Africa, as well as pedagogical approaches, international project management, and research skills in the field of intercultural music education.

Dr. Eva Saether is a Senior Lecturer and postdoctoral research fellow in Music Education Research at Lund University, Malmö Academy of Music, Sweden. Her musical background and point of departure is Swedish folk music. In 2003, she defended her doctoral thesis The Oral University: Attitudes to music teaching and learning in the Gambia. Her study of meaningful engagement and social inclusion in music education was the focus of four years of collaborative research with an international team of researchers, resulting in several refereed journal publications in 2008. Her current research includes the projects “Playing yourself Persian or Swedish”, and “jam2jam”, an international research project on collaborative online music systems. She is a contributing editor of the book Music in Motion: Diversity and Dialogue in Europe. 


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Nathan Riki Thomson

Nathan Riki Thomson

Lecturer and Programme Leader
GLOMAS, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland


Nathan Riki Thomson is a double bassist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. He has collaborated and performed with musicians from many parts of the world, with a special interest in Africa, where he lived and worked with traditional musicians for five years. In Tanzania he established the Amani Ensemble community project, and was a student of master musician Dr. Hukwe Zawose. 

Nathan was born in Australia where he studied classical and jazz performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Further studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama brought him to London, where he was then based as a lecturer and performer from 2001 to 2011. Nathan was a core member of the Antonio Forcione Quartet from 2004 – 2011 and has toured extensively worldwide. Nathan leads his own ensemble 'Subsonic', featuring musicians from Finland, Australia, Brazil and Wales. He is also a core member of the Ilkka Heinonen Trio, Adriano Adewale Group and Runorun. 

Nathan was a core lecturer on the MA in musical leadership at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from 2001 – 2011. He was involved in researching trans-cultural arts practice for the Guildhall and has designed several innovative projects for the British Council in Africa and The Philippines, with a focus on collaboration between musicians from different cultures. Nathan is a Lecturer at Sibelius Academy and teaches courses in global music and music education. Nathan has released two albums under his own name. ‘Under Ubi’s Tree’ (2009 NAIM label) and ‘Shaped by the Sea’ (2013 SIBA folk music series). 

Nathan is currently programme leader for the global music Bachelor and Master programmes at Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki.

Vilma Timonen

Ms. Vilma Timonen, M.Mus.
Folk Music Department
Sibelius Academy
Helsinki, Finland

Welcome to the Glomas program!

I look forward to teaching you techniques in world music improvisation and Finnish traditions in the field of folk music, while also guiding you to develop further in your own musical specialties.

Vilma Timonen is a Lecturer of Folk Music at the Sibelius Academy, in Helsinki, Finland. She has worked in various musical settings as one of the pioneers to use the traditional Finnish instrument kantele in innovative ways. She was among the first kantele artists to play the electric kantele and has especially focused on developing the role of the kantele as a diverse band instrument. Vilma Timonen has given concerts in Spain, Venezuela, Columbia, the USA, Japan, Portugal, Zambia and Tanzania, and has had a comprehensive career as a kantele musician in dance and theatre productions. She was recently nominated for an Emma Award ("Finnish Grammy") in the field of Folk Music.  


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Dr. Heikki Uimonen

Heikki Uimonen
Glomas Ethnomusicology

Professor, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki


Dr. Heikki Uimonen is a professor of popular music research at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. He is an ethnomusicologist and a docent on acoustic communication and soundscape studies the Universities of Tampere and Eastern Finland. 

Uimonen has published articles, a monograph and edited anthologies on radio music, compact cassettes and changing sonic environments. His research interests include mediated music, social use of music, live music industry, changing soundscapes and how all these intertwine.

Adriano Adewale (guest teacher)

Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale has been based in the UK for over ten years. He has established himself as a respected percussionist, composer, educator and bandleader whose creativity and artistry have led him to work on a wide range of high quality music and crossover arts projects.


Adriano released two records with his own quartet Adriano Adewale Group: ’Sementes’ 2008 and ’Raizes ’ 2012 as well as a duo album ‘The Vortex Sessions’ 2013 with the great Brazilian piano player and composer Benjamin Taubkin. He features on several albums, including Nathan Riki Thomson's ‘Under Ubi’s Tree’ and 'Shaped by the Sea'. As a composer, Adewale has written scores for the show 'Mojo' by the company Theatre-Rites, which toured USA and Europe, and the dance piece 'Undivided loves', based on Shakespeare sonnets, to be premiered in the UK in February 2016. 


An artist in residency at the EFDSS - English Folk Dance and Song Society - Cecil Sharp House in London, Adewale has been developing a series of projects combining English and Brazilian folk traditions. Adewale works in partnership with Serious – the producer of the London Jazz Festival. Together, they have produced/created several projects including ‘Catapluf - A musical journey‘ and the recently premiered ‘Within the Waves’, a large scale project for massed voices and percussion, based on sea songs and sea shanties from England and Brazil. 


Amongst artists and collaborators, Adewale has worked with Joanna McGregor, Arthur Pita, Bobby McFerrin, Benjamin Taubkin, Sue Buckmaster, Antonio Forcione, Sarah Jane Morris to mention but a few, performing both in the UK and abroad. 



Olga Witte

Global Music Cultures teacher, Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark