Finnish nationalism and neotraditional music


Music has played a critical role in the shifting spaces between the Finnish national imagination and the global marketplace.

The ways in which neotraditional musicians think and talk about past and present practices, the role of music in the representation of national identity, and the interactions of Finnish musicians with performers from around the globe illuminate the multilayered processes that have shaped and are shaped by new traditional music in Finland, illuminating the connections between music, place, and identity.

This according to Ilmatar’s inspirations: Nationalism, globalization, and the changing soundscapes of Finnish folk music by Tina K. Ramnarine (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Above, Värttinä; below, JPP—the two groups serve as the book’s case studies.

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