Those who like balkan music, tango or Scandinavian folk know that the diatonic accordion cannot be considered a forgotten instrument. Finland has a great pool of talent when it comes to the accordion, which has a long tradition there. Antti Paalanen is a rising star who’s able to create a wall of sound. His recent solo album Meluta contains captivating melodies, hypnotizing beats, throat singing and even an ode to AC/DC guitarist Angus Young.
Antti Paalanen is known for his intense performances on ‘kurttu’ of ‘hanuri’, the traditional Finnish diatonic accordion. Alongside composer he is an academic specialized in the development of new techniques for playing traditional instruments. His third solo album Meluta was preceded by Breathbox, which was produced by groundbreaking Finnish accordion player Kimmo Pohjonen.