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14-Jul-2017

Mika Väyrynen Records Kaipainen's Accordion Works - Finland

Mika VäyrynenWorld renowned Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen has just completed a recording of Jouni Kaipainen´s (1956-2015) accordion works. A unique and demanding project, this CD documents part of the life's work of this great and Internationally recognized composer.

Jouni Kaipainen studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under Aulis Sallinen and Paavo Heininen. In addition to his accordion works, Kaipainen wrote over 100 works for the Stage, Symphony Orchestra, Concertos for numerous solo instruments, Chamber music, vocal and Choral works as well as a multitude of works for various instrumental soloists.

Mika knew Jouni Kaipainen from 1997 until his passing away on 23rd November 2015. During these 18 years of friendship, Mika kept in close contact with him and came to know how he wanted his music to be performed. Mika's goal in this project is to pass on these insights into the performance traditions of his works, create awareness of his accordion compositions and to pay respect to this great composer, man, influencer and friend.

In celebration of his upcoming 50th Birthday, Mika is currently preparing a spectacular Gala concert "Finland 100 - Väyrynen 50" to be held at the Helsinki Music Center on October 11th, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

The CD of Kaipainen's compositions will be released this autumn by the Finnish Accordion Institute. For more information please visit www.accordions.com/mika.
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