Salla Maria Hakkola (b. 1979, Helsinki, Finland) is a folk harpist, singer, and composer active in multiple genres. Drawing on her eclectic musical interests and two years spent in Mexico studying the harp traditions of Latin America (2003, 2005), she has developed a personal approach to performance and improvisation on the folk harp. Hakkola composes most of her repertoire, and is an active composer of concert music for other instrumentalists as well. She also composes for film, theater, and dance. Her music is equally likely to be heard on the classical concert stage, at folk festivals, indie-rock clubs, or experimental art happenings. It has been featured at festivals such as Helsinki Musica Nova, Kiasma Museum URB10 Urban Art Festival, Viitasaari Time of Music (Musiikin Aika), and Haapavesi Folk. Hakkola is currently pursuing her second Masters degree from the Sibelius Academy, in the newly founded Global Music program, where she studies improvisation with Maria Kalaniemi and composition with Eero Hämeenniemi.


Salla Hakkola
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