Annika Lyytikäinen (f. 1995) är en finlandssvensk klarinettist, kompositör och folkmusiker vars musik tar avstamp i den nordiska och judiska musiktraditionen. Annika Lyytikäinen är expert på europeiska folkliga klarinettstilar och dessutom en mångsidig ensemblemusiker, kompositör och lärare.
År 2014 startade Annika duon Aléa tillsammans med kantelespelaren Aurora Visa. Förutom Aléa uppträder Annika också regelbundet med Kymen Biisiuittamo, Helsinki Klezmer Kapelye, Helsinki Middle Eastern Orchestra och SibA Folk Big Band. Tidigare har hon varit med och grundat ensemblerna Ivor Makes Tea Quartet och FOLKLARA?!.
Annika undervisar elever på alla kunskapsnivåer I Helsingfors och på distans. Hon ger också kurser i folkliga klarinettstilar, nordisk och finlandssvensk folkmusik samt klezmer på festivaler och olika skolor och institut. Annika tog kandidatexamen från Konstuniversitetets Sibelius-Akademi år 2018 och fullbordar nu sin magisterexamen där.
Ensembles & projects
Aléa is a duo founded by kantele player Aurora Visa and Annika Lyytikäinen in 2014. Aléa plays traditional Nordic dance music arranged in their own style as well as original compositions that will get your feet tapping.
Aléa has performed at many of the major Finnish folk festivals as well as in a number of European venues. Besides traditional concerts Aléa also reaches out to new audiences by giving workshops and doing school concert tours.
Helsinki Middle Eastern Orchestra
The Helsinki Middle Eastern Orchestra is a 25-piece orchestra founded in early 2019 by its creative leader Ali Haithem.
The Middle Eastern Orchestra plays new arrangements of a broad variety of Middle Eastern music and is the first of its kind in Finland. An unique aspect of the orchestra is its multiculturality, consisting of professional musicians from 10-15 different cultural backgrounds.
FOLKLARA?! started as a clarinet trio in 2016 and has since then evolved into a Finnish folk clarinet phenomenon that comes together around folk music events in Finland. The original trio consists of Sanna Salonen, Heli Hartikainen and Annika Lyytikäinen.
FOLKLARA?! promotes the rich Finnish traditional (“pelimanni”) clarinet playing by gathering to concerts and workshops open to anyone interested in traditional folk clarinet playing.
I perform in a number of ensembles at concerts, festivals and private events around Finland and Europe. Besides mastering several traditional European clarinet styles I also play the piano and ethnic clarinet instruments. I am also currently working on a solo project as a solo clarinet player.
Teaching and giving workshops has always been a natural part of my musicianship. Currently I teach private students in clarinet and piano playing in the Helsinki area. I also give workshops, sometimes with my duo partner Aurora Visa, about Nordic folk music and dance, Finland-Swedish folk repertoire and klezmer.
I also am an active composer and my compositions and arrangements can be heard in most of the projects I play in. Besides my own projects I also compose for other instruments and ensembles. Stylistically my work as a composer naturally draws from my musical background in the Northern and Eastern European folk music traditions as well as from Western classical music.
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Want to hear some folky clarinet playing at your venue or festival? In need of a performer to your family or business event? Interested in clarinet or piano lessons? Get in touch!
annikalyytikainen @ hotmail.com
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