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Enjoy our Interview with Susan and Johanna from Finland.
Susan Aho and Johanna Virtanen are the co-founders and members of the duo Kuunkuiskaajat. Susan (36) started playing accordion at the age of 13. She has obtained a Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy in the Folk Music Department. Susan is not only a professional musician, but also a puppeteer. Currently she works at the internationally renowned puppet theatre Sampo. Johanna (33) started her musical studies at the Central Ostrobothnian Conservatory in Kokkola. She continued studying folk music and singing at the Sibelius Academy and her plan is to obtain a Master of Music degree in the near future. Johanna is also a professional vocal teacher. In addition, she plays harmonium, kantele and 2-row accordion Their Finnish entry is titled Työlki Ellää and is written and composed by Timo Kiiskinen. It is influenced both by old Finnish poetic runo songs and gypsy music. Part of the song is performed in the Karelian dialect, which is spoken in Eastern Finland. The tongue-in-cheek title translates as You can also make a living by working (but it's business that makes you rich)."