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Anne-Mari Kivimäki has created her own playing style, accordion trance, incorporating the aesthetics of oral poetry and Karelian kantele and accordion music as well as soundscapes of contemporary music and openness to new influences. Kivimäki’s distinctive musical style stems from her adventurous use of Soviet-made Notka accordion. Kivimäki is an eager explorer of folklore archives and creates new music inspired by them. In Kivimäki’s work, the mystical and mythical stories of hypnotic dance parties in a 19th century Finnish farmhouse and the sounds of contemporary music coalesce into an original musical style with a great groove.

Fieldwork, multidisciplinary workgroups, and encounters with other artists spark new ideas and inspiration for Kivimäki’s music. Especially when writing music for films, the greatest inspiration has been landscapes, other cultures, meeting other musicians and being in the moment. In addition to concerts, Kivimäki’s music can be heard in short films, music videos, albums, dance performances, theatre, photography exhibitions, comic exhibitions, and radio dramas.