global music master degree

Beatriz Gijón

Beatriz Gijón Gijón is a spanish pianist/vocalist most interested in improvisation, music creation and contemporary music. She has been trained as a classical pianist, but as soon as she discovered improvisation, she began to play jazz, celtic music and other styles with different ensembles and musicians, which had gave her the facility of connect in many ways with music. Also because this wide perspective, curiosity and passion for other arts, she usually  collaborates with theater companies, dancers, painters, visual artists, performers, radio programs, poets and have several interdisciplinary projects nowadays.

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Pia Dunne

Pia Dunne (Ireland) has been performing professionally as a singer, songwriter, composer, arranger and band leader for over fifteen years and has had the pleasure of sharing a stage with such diverse acts as Aslan, Sinead O'Connor, Radio Tarifa, Wally Page, MC Soom T and some of the best jazz musicians in Ireland. Pia has regularly toured the Irish festival circuit and played across Ireland andthe UK.

Previous releases include the World Fusion album “Empezon” with Que Pezon! (2008), her Jazz/Soul solo EP “Debut” (2012), two EP releases with Rock Band Straw Gods “Under A Sun” (2015) and “Carnivore” (2016) and the Reggae single “Down Easy” 2014 with Mr Upfull also featuring MC Soom T and Aminah Dastan.  Her solo album with Jazz/Soul/World group Pia Dunne and the Eleusians is currently in post-production and due for release in 2018.

 

Also due for release in 2018, is the single “The Sound of The Sea”, written by Flamenco Guitarist Juan Jose Manzano with vocals by Dunne and an EP from The Mammoth Bana Ceoil (Irish and English Traditional Folk). 

 

 

Michal Hoter

Michal Hoter, Glomas student, Sibelius Academy, UniArts, Helsinki

 

michalhote(at)gmail.com

 

Michal Hoter, a musician from Israel, specializes in composition, arrangement and vocals. 

Michal's music connects countries cultures and people.  

 

She studied at the Rimon School for Jazz and Contemporary music in Israel and concluded her bachelor Honor degree in jazz performance at Newpark Dublin, Ireland.

Michal comes from a musical family and with her family has put out 2 albums. 

Her own debut album "Earth Colour" was release in 2016 including original compositions and recorded with musicians from around the world.

In addition to her many original compositions, Michal has written music for a musical, short film and a play. Michal has performed in jazz festivals in the States and Israel.  

She has conducted children's choirs and teaches composition and voice, developing techniques for enabling self-discovery of colours and control the contours of the voice.

 

 

In the last few years Michal has specialized in Arabic composition combining this music with jazz influences and harmony. In her Masters studies she is delving deeper into this area experimenting with different rhythms, scales and improvisations with musicians from different ethnic backgrounds and musical experiences.


michalhoter.com

Stefano Ancora

Stefano Ancora

GLOMAS student, Rama, Aarhus, Denmark

stefanoancora18(at)gmail(dot)com

Stefano is a drummer and percussionist from Italy. 

He began studying drum kit privately at the age of 16 in his hometown and after a few years moved to London where he lived for seven years. There, he graduated in popular music performance at the University of West London and attended several hand percussion workshops with African, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian drummers.

Also, he took part of a few jazz camps happening in Italy where he had the chance to study with well renowned American jazz musicians.

Both in Italy and in England, he is an active performer in an eclectic range of situations and music genres both as drummer and percussionist: live concerts, studio recordings, contemporary dance and musical theatre productions; funk/soul, afro-beat, jazz, dance/electronic, folk/world music, free-impro.

His main aspirations consist in exploring ways to combine various, and often contrasting, techniques, sounds, vocabularies and feels in his unconventional percussive drum-sets and in the music which he aims at creating through collaborations with a diverse range of musicians and artists.

Maarika Autio

Maarika Autio

GLOMAS student, Sibelius Academy, UniArts Helsinki

Natalia Castrillón

Natalia Castrillón Arcila (Harpist, Colombia)

GLOMAS student
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

nataliacastrillon(at)gmail.com

 

Interested in spreading and sharing the sound of the pedal and lever harp in any artistic context. 

She is an active performer in collaborative projects with artists from different disciplines such as theatre, dance and free improvisation, expanding and getting versatile and innovative sounds on her harp.

She has also worked as a music teacher in Colombia in music schools, social projects with communities, foundations and brands and has given harp workshops in Colombia, Denmark and has performed in multicultural festivals in Finland. 

Baris Citirikkaya

Baris Citirikkaya

GLOMAS Student
Royal Academy of Music, Århus, Denmark

baris_olsun(at)hotmail.com

Baris Citirikkaya

Baris Citirikkaya is a turkish clarinetist from Denmark. He began playing clarinet and study music at the age of 25 and have now played for almost 3 years. Baris graduated from the Education Faculty in Silkeborg/Denmark in 2009 with a professionbachelor in music.
Beside the music Baris has the last 2 years been coordinator for a project called The turquoise tent in Aarhus Festival, where he arranged concerts and cultural activities. He is also engaged in several projects as Musikcaféen [REAL] (http://www.bricksite.com/real/test), Musikcaféen [8220] (http://8220live.wordpress.com/) and Musiccourse Global (http://www.musikkons.dk/index.php?id=996).
Baris great passion is Turkish music and the many many fusion opportunities that can come out of it. He says, that world does not really know what values and opportunities ??Turkish music contains and how talented musicians coming from the country. He hopes to inspire his fellow students in this direction and self become inspired. The WORLD waiting GLOMAS ..

Anna Dantchev

Anna Dantchev

GLOMAS student
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

anna(dot)dantchev(at)gmail.com

Anna Dantchev

Anna Dantchev is a Finnish-Bulgarian singer, songwriter and a versatile performer. She is also experienced in cultural administration, having worked several years in the Finnish music business and cultural organisations after receiving her MA in musicology from the University of Jyväskylä. As a singer she has travelled through many genres and styles, but her musical core has always been Bulgarian traditional singing and songs. This tradition was taught to her by his Bulgarian father in Finland, and also by Bulgarian professionals. 

Even before her GLOMAS studies, Anna started to define her own style, which is a hybrid of old and new, local and global. In her GLOMAS studies Anna wishes to continue this journey and take it even further by researching laments in Bulgaria - following the path of her great grandmother, who was a lament singer in Bulgaria. Experiencing the emotions embedded in the music is a cornerstone in Anna’s artistry. In Glomas, Anna intends to explore the human emotional spectrum, especially sorrow, for artistic use. 

Music is a language with the power to bridge divides. Besides her artistic career, Anna is also eager to use her knowledge and passion in music for global multicultural communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paddy Groenland

Paddy Groenland

GLOMAS student
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

pgroenland(at)gmail(dot)com

Paddy Groenland

Paddy Groenland is an Irish guitarist, composer & producer with a wealth of performing experience in jazz, improvisation and music from Ireland, Brazil and West Africa. Growing up around choral music and song, having studied classical guitar, he was selected as a Fulbright scholar and subsequently spent two years at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he studied jazz and the aesthetics of various world music performance and composition practices, before returning to Dublin to work as a musician and to continue studies in digital music composition.

Currently part in a variety of Irish-based groups like traditional Irish crossover award winners Ensemble Ériu, Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu's RiZa, soul groups Feather and Danny G & the Maj7ths and West-African group Manden Express, he has toured across Europe with vocalists such as Universal artist Luisa Sobral and Sylvie Bourban.

At Glomas, Paddy is focusing on augmenting his pedagogical skills and experience, vocal & percussion performance skills, and researching West African music and how it relates to guitar performance.

Salla Maria Hakkola

Salla Maria Hakkola

GLOMAS Student
Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland

salla.hakkola(at)kombo.fi

Salla Maria Hakkola

(b. 1979, Helsinki, Finland) is a folk harpist, singer, and composer active in multiple genres. Drawing on her eclectic musical interests and two years spent in Mexico studying the harp traditions of Latin America (2003, 2005), she has developed a personal approach to performance and improvisation on the folk harp. Hakkola composes most of her repertoire, and is an active composer of concert music for other instrumentalists as well. She also composes for film, theater, and dance. Her music is equally likely to be heard on the classical concert stage, at folk festivals, indie-rock clubs, or experimental art happenings. It has been featured at festivals such as Helsinki Musica Nova, Kiasma Museum URB10 Urban Art Festival, Viitasaari Time of Music (Musiikin Aika), and Haapavesi Folk.

To learn more about Salla, please visit: http://www.sallahakkola.com/

VENLA ILONA BLOM

Venla Ilona Blom

GLOMAS student
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki

venla.ilona.blom(at)uniarts.fi

VENLA ILONA BLOM

Venla Ilona Blom is a Finnish singer, beatboxer, composer, songwriter and vocal teacher. Her musical background is mainly in jazz and scandinavian folk music but she is also trained as a classical singer. Venla has her BA in rhythmic music performance and vocal pedagogy and she has studied both in Finland and in Denmark.

Venla Ilona is a versatile vocalist. She has been studying different singing traditions and is constantly trying to find alternative ways to use the human voice. She is eager to expand the limits of her vocal range and to explore the different roles of a modern female singer. She is currently working as a vocalist in different ensembles like TUULETAR, HIMOTUS and VAINO ENSEMBLE and producing her own solo project, ILØNA.

Venla is doing her GLOMAS (MA) research in experimental voice techniques and has her main focus in vocal percussions. With this research she is investigating the different possibilities of using the human voice as a percussive instrument. Her main goal with this research is to broaden her own musical expression, to encourage singers to explore their voices and to create more innovative artistic results.

Pauliina Kauppila

photo by: Inkeri Jäntti

Pauliina Kauppila, GLOMAS student, Rama, Aarhus, Denmark

I became a drummer and a percussionist because I loved to dance and I wasn’t able to continue that career. With the drum kit I felt that I was dancing again!! My educational background with the drum kit is Pop & Jazz Conservatory and all kinds of afro-american music. As my great interest I have studied flamenco percussion and especially cajon in Spain several times with maestros like Jorge Pérez (Esperanza Fernández) and Ramón Porrina (Camarón, Paco de Lucía), and worked with many flamenco dancers and musicians in Finland since 2005. I have also studies Finnish folk music and singing in the University of Applied Sciences in Kokkola, Finland. In addition I have studied afro-cuban percussion in Cuba, Havanna. I have also a strong interest in teaching and I have a Master of Education degree. 

During the years I have worked as a freelance musician in a wide field of different bands and projects: from real big bands to very small ensembles. I have also worked in different theatres i.a. Oulu City Theatre and in different theatre and dance productions (flamenco, Finnish folk dance and contemporary dance). Because my background is strongly in movement and dance I find my deepest interest in combining music and dance together. I love it when I can get my inspiration from the dancers and play and sing for them. At the moment I play actively with the world music ensemble Bohemika and pop-music ensemble Tutu. 

I’d like to form a wide network of percussionists of many different cultural backgrounds and deliver the joy of the rhythm all over the world! 

Jano Kružliak

Jano Kružliak

GLOMAS Student
Royal Academy of Music, Århus, Denmark

jano.kruzliak(at)la3nocubano.sk

Jano Kružliak

My father was a professional traditional violin player in Slovakia and a traditional slovak flute maker. He gave me the violin into my hands when I was a child. I developed my technical skills through classical education and after some years I started to play traditional music leading a folklore band. After a while I started to improvise on the themes of traditional Slovak tunes. The music started to ‘absorb’ me…
I see music as a complex of languages offering a wide range of expressive possibilities. The diversity of different musical forms attract me. I am interested in both, classical music (early music) as well as contemporary music (jazz, electronic, folk, ethnic music and fusions of them). I also work with audio equipment and software, audio capture, and its processing. I am devoted also to theatre, stage and film music and am experimenting with composing. 
I am just a curios violinist waiting for the moment, that all the musical inputs growing in me, will become dimension of a great output…

Gian Majidi

Gian Majidi

GLOMAS student, Sibelius Academy, UniArts Helsinki

Gian Majidi is an Iranian born Kurdish musician. He grew up into a family where folk music was big part of their daily life. Violin was his first instrument and later he continued with classical piano before his Art History and Pedagogy studies at Tehran university. Getting to know opera and Singing classical music changed his musical view, brought him to Europe and gave opportunity to work with some of the best singing teachers in the field such as, Jaume Aragall, Salvatore Fisichella and Seppo Ruohonen. Gian also has sung in opera productions of Aida and L’elisir D’amore.

Writing and composing new music have been Gian’s biggest passions for years although he also writes poems, libretto and screenplays, beside the musical expressions of folk and classical music, Gian loves other art forms such as, movies and theater, literature, photography and history, also he is tautological person and endless chatter, too.

Gian is in search to create his own original sound with using a diverse mixture of influences from classical music, pop, folk and world music.

In 2006 he moved to Finland in desire to learn more about singing and to start building his career as a professional singer. His ability to speak and perform in different languages and music genres gives him opportunity to communicate with vast number of audiences. Gian studies in World music master program at art university Helsinki and is a lead singer of oriental pop band BARAN. 

Menard Mponda

Menard Mponda

GLOMAS Student
Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland

mponda(at)hotmail.com

Menard Mponda

Musician,Dancer,choreographer,percussionist,melodic drums-Ngoma

I am a Tanzanian, currently living in Finland, studying at Sibelius Academy in the GLOMAS programme - Master Degree of Global Music ( MMus ). I come from a family of musicians so both music and dance are in my blood and I have inherited my passion for music from the very beginning of my life.
1995 I graduated at the Bagamoyo Arts College: National Diploma in the Arts Studies in Dance, Music, Drama, Research, Sociology, Fine Arts, Development Studies, Stage Technology and Management of Cultural Activities, Languages, Acrobatics.
1996 I gradueted at Orivesi Institute of Arts: Certificate in Contemporary Dance, Ballet and Improvisation. Finland.Also Music, Choreographer, Laban Notation, Dance History and basic knowledge of  using a video camera.
1998 Sibelius Academy: Certificate in pedagogical skills. Finland.Immigrant Musicians’ Workshop and Pedagogical Programme.
I have been teaching and conducting dance and music workshops for more than 13 years, at the moment i am a regular teacher in Etnofitness studio (Helsinki, Finland), Ahjolan Kansanopisto -Institute (Tampere, Finland ), Cheza Ngoma Dance Association ry (Tampere, Finland)
I have been able to share my knowledge by either teaching or performing in different country such as Australia - Adelaide University of Arts, Victoria University of Arts in Melbourne, Fringe world music and dance festival - Adelaide in Australia, Vanemuise Concert Hall in Estonia,Tartu Concert Hall,Pärnu Concert Hall in Estonia,Jöhvi Concert Hall in Estonia  
 
CREATIVITY
I am a founder and the leader of the following groups :

. Cheza Ngoma Ry - an African-Finnish association which practice and perform African dance and music. Read more: http://www.chezangoma.net

. Mawe Cultural Troupe - a rare and rich indigenous traditional group which perform southern Tanzania singing, drumming and dance.

. The Mpondas - perform Ngoni tribe songs,it is a family group.

Fest Afrika Festival - an African Festival in Finland. Read more: http://www.festafrika.net

I am also drum builder and teach to make drums

Arja Paju

Arja Paju

GLOMAS student
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland

arja.paju(at)uniarts(dot)fi

Arja Paju

I am a bassist and music pedagogue from Finland. I come from a background of Afro-American music having graduated both as a musician and music pedagogue in that field, but I was always intrigued by different kinds of world music. My main area of interest
is Latin-American music and I am also interested in Irish music and African music traditions alongside with body percussion, singing, rhythmics and pedagogy of
world music.

I have worked as a freelance musician since 1994 performing actively around Finland and abroad (f ex Germany, France, Estonia, Kenya, Cuba, Norway, Scotland) in clubs, events, festivals, radio, tv and music theatre. The groups have represented various genres of music from pop/rock/jazz genres to world music. I have worked as a teacher since 2001, teaching ensemble playing, music theory, improvisation, bass and Latin American music. 
My teaching locations include Sibelius Academy and Metropolia University Of Applied Sciences in Helsinki. I am also a song writer and arranger.

Now I´m striving to define my voice influenced by all these musical cultures, as well as to
develop myself further artistically and pedagogically. I feel privileged and grateful to be
able to do so as part of the international Glomas family.!

Roser Gabriel Pla

I am an accordionist born in the mountains of Catalonia. My musical story begins with a Christmas song on accordion and continues with a prelude formed by classical and contemporary studies in Barcelona. My bachelor concert and thesis is titled Another way to feel the music inspired on the experience of a deaf friend. Free improvisation and cultural exchanges have been the transition of the song that leads where I am.


Reciting poems while playing is a way to express myself being connected with my voice and my accordion. During my studies I want to find and develop my own identity and the balance between folk tradition and experimental music.

I have been working as an accordion teacher in Catalonia and also being the organizer of an annual summer course for young musicians. In my master studies I want to go deeper into different cultures and research how music is learnt and the roles it can play in society.

 

 

 

Merzi Rajala

Merzi Rajala

GLOMAS student
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki
Finland

merja.rajala(at)uniarts(dot)fi

Merzi Rajala

Like many other Glomas students, Merzi avoids being put under a specific label of music or instrument. She prefers to be a little of everything: conductor, singer, composer, arranger, guitarist, producer and music pedagogue.

In addition to various bands and solo projects, Merzi has a strong background in ensemble singing, since her years as a member of the Karl´Jenkin's Adiemus Singers, to her recent work with vocal group AiA. She also has vast experience teaching singers (Senior vocal teacher, Helsinki Pop&Jazz Conservatory 1999-2009) and vocal groups / choirs. To deepen her conducting skills, she has also studied classical music pedagogy, with orchestra and choir conducting as her main subject.

In the Finnish vocal world Merzi is highly respected not only as a song pedagogue and a choir conductor, but also as a talented a capella arranger and composer.
Along with her vocal work, Merzi has worked as a conductor and musician in several musicals, theatre shows, concert halls, television productions.

Merzi enjoys the challenge of composing and producing in cross platform projects; situations where multiple artforms and audiences are in active dialogue. 

As a solo singer, Merzi likes old fashioned styles of songs, stories, poetry, and most especially, Cuban son.

Stiliana Ravelska

Stiliana Ravelska

GLOMAS student, Sibelius Academy, UniArts Helsinki

stiliana(dot)ravelska(at)gmail.com

Stiliana Ravelska is a Bulgarian violinist who grew up in Helsinki, Finland. She has a strong history in classical music and has played with the Tampere Philharmonic for three years. She has also worked extensively as a freelance musician, recording and performing around the world with major Finnish artists in the popular and classical music genre.

A pedagogue for 10 years, Stiliana has taught violin at the Helsinki Conservatory, Espoo Steiner School and Orbinski School Of Music to young professional musicians.

Growing up as the daughter of Bulgarian musicians in Finland, her musical background is innately intercultural and the main focus of Stiliana’s research in Glomas is the musical and social traditions of her native country. She is also studying the techniques and music of the Gadulka, a traditional bowed instrument from Bulgaria.

Playing both acoustic and electric violin is essential to Stiliana’s interest of bridging the gap between the old and the new, which allows her to work in a multitude of musical settings. She plans to use this ability and interest in her work with Bulgarian music, with the goal of fusing the traditional with the contemporary.

Marjo Smolander

Marjo Smolander

GLOMAS student, Rama, Aarhus, Denmark

Kaisa Siirala

Kaisa Siirala
GLOMAS student
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

kaisa.siirala(at)uniarts(dot)fi

Kaisa Siirala

Kaisa Siirala is a saxophone and flute player from Helsinki. She is interested in free expression and inspired by different world musics, for example Cuban, listening to Jan Garbareks saxophone and playing the Indian bansuri flute. Her backround is mostly in jazz and all kinds of afro-american music, she has her BA in Pop and Jazz Music Pedagogy. But as said, interests go much further. Kaisa has studied Indian bansuri flute and hindustani music with her teacher several times in Mysore, India. She has also toured many times in Cuba, playing Cuban music. Kaisa plays regulary with Kokko Quartet, a Scandinavian jazz group drawing influences out of different ethnic musics. They have performed at international jazz clubs and jazz festivals in e.g Germany, Czech and Australia. Kaisa also writes music for the quartet.

Megan Stubbs

MEGAN STUBBS (USA/TANZANIA) GLOMAS student

Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki 

megan(dot)stubbs(at)units(dot)fi

 

Megan Stubbs is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, artist, dancer and teacher. Born in the United States, she grew up in Tanzania and uses her unique musical background and traditions to create a blend of different cultures and music. She especially loves to perform and experiment with the connections between music and movement as well as compose music inspired by different musical traditions.

 

She is a strong believer in the power of music to bring about positive change in the lives of people, and her passion is to bring this gift of music to children and youth in countries all over the world. 

Tomas Takolander

Tomas Takolander

Glomas Student, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki.

tomas.takolander(at)uniarts.fi

Tomas Takolander

Tomas Takolander is a Finnish musician, pedagogue and performing artist. He composes for and performs with various instruments and several groups within multiple musical genres and art forms. He has studied music education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, and trumpet and singing at the Conservatoire National Supérieur (CNSMD) of Lyon, France.

He has wide experience in vocal music, having worked both in the Sibelius Academy Vocal Ensemble and the Helsinki Chamber Choir for many years. He currently conducts Kallion laulu, a mixed choir based in Helsinki. A latin music aficionado, he has performed latin music with his band, Solaz, since 2006, and spent five weeks in Cuba in 2014 learning more about the culture and music.

Tomas Takolander has experience of stage productions, mainly contemporary dance, but also musicals and theatre, as a composer, musician, dancer and actor. He is the cofounder Cirque des Puces - a multidisciplinary performing arts company. The aim of the company is to create pieces where so called disciplines of performing arts are brought and fused together. The company creates stage works combining music, dance, theatre and circus. 

”There is a space between the arts and between people. I'm fascinated by the creative force of that nominally empty space that sometimes seems as if to take over.”

Besides being an independent music professional he currently works as a teacher of ’basics of music’ at Keski-Helsingin musiikkiopisto and has recently started studies on Glomas - Global Music Master’s program in the Sibelius Academy.