Richard Koski, Michael Ludgate & Katrina Mackey

Richard Koski
Michael Ludgate & Katrina Mackey


Master Artist: Richard Koski

Apprentice(s): Michael Ludgate & Katrina Mackey

County: Tompkins

Artistic Area: Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Title: Finnish-American Dance Music

Project Summary: Richard Koski will teach Michael Ludgate and Katrina Mackey Finnish-American dance tunes he has learned over his 50 years performing this music. His repertoire comes from a variety of sources: his father, performing nationally and internationally, through his own research into Finnish-American music, and his own compositions in Finnish styles. Many of these tunes — waltzes, schottisches, polkas, and mazurkas — have been played in the Finnish community in the Finger Lakes since 1910.

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Work Statement Excerpt: “Besides Richard, there is no one of his generation in the local Finnish-American community who still plays these tunes. Apprentices Katrina Mackey and Mike Ludgate both have Finnish-American family backgrounds. In 2016, they began learning and performing Finnish standard tunes and formed the band Metku. They are the next generation of Finnish-American musicians keeping this music alive locally. ”

Work Sample: 

Metku and Friends performing “Maalarin Franssin Sottiisi”, and “Laurin Sottissi” at the Finger Lakes Finns Juhannus (Midsummer) Festival in Van Etten, NY. Video taken by Jason Koski and provided courtesy of Richard Koski.