Accordionist Maria Kalaniemi and pianist Timo Alakotila have been working together for more than two decades.During this highly active and productive period collabrating in many formations,most notably as prime components in the contemporary acoustic ensemble Aldargaz,Maria's and Timo's musical alliance has grown as tight and as complimentary as can be imagined.Simultaneously soloists and accompanists,with instruments themselves that are both solo and accompanying instruments,Maria and Timo play extraordinarily sympathetically with each other,both deeply sensitive to the roles and relations of each other's hands,as if all four were part of the same being.
During these twenty years of playing,performing,composing and arranging together,each element of Maria's and Timo's musical style and character,individually and collectively,has matured:their virtuosy continues to improve to increasingly staggering levels while the delicate melodic force of their arrangements and compositions grows ever more potent.The ease and lightness of the performances creates a feeling of space and timelessness that,like all Timo's and Maria's music,seduces and subdues like nothing else.
2001 their first duo album 'Ambra' was released. Cd was on list 'Album of the year' (Helsingin Sanomat).
2011 duo released their second duo album 'Åkerö' (Åkerö Records).
Duo is performing 2012 in Japan and in Europa as well.