Accordion artist Maria Kalaniemi released in April 2017 new album Svalan (Swallow) in cooperation with harmonium wizard Eero Grundström. The album stays for the fifth month in top ten on the World Music Charts Europe.
In May it was ranked #7 and in June #2. In July it was #1. In August, the ranking was #2 and now in September #9.
On the album, the spiritual landscape of the Finnish-Swedes meets the awe-inspiring nature of Northern Karelia: a combination which can be experienced through both the music on the record and the photo-collage of scenes around Salonkylä which accompanies it.
The music was recorded in Maria Kalaniemi’s childhood home, an old post-war house in the Kilo district of Espoo. Kalaniemi has drawn her musical inspiration from the rich nature of Northern Karelia. Also, the spiritual landscape of the Finnish-Swedes is heard in Kalaniemi’s music.
The guest musicians heard on the album are Pekko Käppi, jouhikko and Mikko Kosonen, acoustic and electric guitar. Artistic production is by Maria Kalaniemi and Eero Grundström.