“Piot” (Feast) depicts the joyful celebration based on the texts of the Finno-Ugric peoples. The composition itself is a small feast, a banquet, but at the same time, it is a grand celebration of high-pitched voices. Devoted to folk music, the versatile musician Ilona Korhonen has composed and arranged a choral work faithful to the old singing styles and traditional texts of the Baltic Sea region, resonating with the powerful force of the Baltic-Finnic vocal tradition. All the singers in Ilona Korhonen Ensemble are professional musicians, folk singers, and music masters and doctors.
The ensemble consists of Hanni Autere, Juulia Björn, Charlotta Hagfors, Emilia Kallonen, Anna E. Karvonen, Amanda Kauranne, Ilona Korhonen, Emmi Kuittinen, Pia Rask, Ulla Silvennoinen, Anni Tolvanen, and Mira Törmälä.
In addition to the “Piot” performance, the Grand Evening Celebration also features Jenni Venäläinen & Melkutus Party, which transform old dance tunes played on the kantele into danceable music for the modern era. They combine the sound world of the kantele and the traditional playing style with electronic music. Traditional dance tunes come to life as Jenni Venäläinen (kanteles, vocals), Janne Storm (live electronics, synthesizer, cetara), and Tatu Viitala (electronic percussion) create an energetic and hypnotic experience for the audience.