Jalkanen composes music that lies somewhere between Arvo Part and traditional Finnish music, although he has a lot of influences from ancient music traditions around the world too. He has composed a wonderful Concerto for Kantele and String Orchestra, unfortunately I couldn’t find it anywhere online. I have a CD of it which I got in Finland. I did find some of his kantele music at the concert below. The link starts at a haunting piece, ‘Tähdet’ .
I heard some of his other music at the Finnish Music Information Centre, including a great minimalist string quartet, but that does not seem to be available online either! Jalkanen is waiting to be discovered outside of Finland. He could be the next Arvo Part if some enterprising publisher or record company took the time to discover his music and release it to the wider world.
The video below shows another piece for the imaginative instrumentation of kantele, guitar and harpsichord which is a very original fusion of Finnish kantele, Japanese koto music, Baltic minimalism and baroque music!
Hypnotising and meditative in the very best sense.