PERFORMANCE WITH kantele
Palu's main instrument is a 38-stringed concert kantele, a modern version of an ancient Finnish folk instrument that has existed for a few thousand years. Alongside the 38-stringed kantele, Palu performs with a 14-stringed Korpiselän kantele and other types of smaller kanteles.
performance with harp
Palu performs with a 34-stringed lever harp.
Palu composes for diverse ensembles and multidisciplinary projects including films, installations, dance and theatre. She also creates music for meditation and therapeutic uses.
A few selected compositions and awards:
2019 Homebound, awarded short film by Marika Harjusaari. Next Nordic Generation prize @ Norwegian International Filmfestival Haugesund 2019. National competition, nominee @ Tampere film festival 2020.
2019 OON: Metsänkellot kantelemeditation, co-composed with Johanna Tarkkanen. Selected to represent Finland at the UNM festival for nordic composers (Sweden, Piteå)
2018 Koti merellä: Sarah Palu - Laulu lähteeneelle, honorable mention @ Oulu Music Video Festival
2017 Best Music Creation nominee @ Festival International du Film d´Aubagne (France) with Katve short film
2016 Miles to Go Before I Sleep, awarded short film directed by Hanna Hovitie
2015 Second prize, International Kantele Competition, Helsinki
2011 First prize, National Kantele Competition, Jyväskylä
2011 Martti Pokela foundation prize 1000€
Pictures with kantele and harp by Pietari Purovaara and picture with piano by Maija Pokela