Emmi Kujanpää

Emmi Kujanpää is a singer, kantele player and composer who specializes in Finno-Karelian and Bulgarian folk music. Kujanpää has been working extensively on Finno-Karelian and Bulgarian singing for more than ten years. Between 2010 and 2022 Emmi Kujanpää has released several band albums, and the internationally acclaimed solo album Nani (Nordic Notes, 2020) in collaboration with the Bulgarian choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Vocal Academy. In her compositions and music videos, Kujanpää has dealt with the different aspects of femininity. Stories of female goddesses and #metoo experiences are expressed through vocal ornamentation, traditional lamentations, and dissonance. 

Besides her solo project, she's a member of Finnish folk music trio Celenka. Celenka got the prestigious Finnish Emma Award in May 2022 from the band's second album Villoi varsa (Nordic Notes, 2021). Kujanpää is an appreciated folk music pedagogue, and she has worked as a kantele and folk singing teacher over 20 years in Finland and abroad. In Helsinki, she teaches at the Käpylä Music Institute and Sibelius Academy and conducts Kukuvitsa folk singing choir. Since 2020 she has been doing PhD research about transnational Bulgarian singing.