“A collection of mostly new compositions in the Irish and Swedish folk traditions. The pieces are centered around Karen Tweed’s piano accordian and Timo Alakotila’s classically-influenced piano playing, but around half of the tracks also feature a chamber group made up of a second accordian, guitar, flugelhorn and strings. The accordian playing is intricate but relaxed, the seamless long melodic lines superb. Although it’s using a different musical tradition, the approach reminds me of Gideon Kramer’s chamber renditions of Piazzolla’s tangos on Hommage a Piazzolla. Highly recommended, even for those (like me) not normally attracted to folk music”.
John Abbott (San Francisco, CA)
May Monday cd (2001) Karen Tweed and Timo Alakotila (FYCD003)