Carl Rahkonen, music librarian and professor
at Indiana University
of Pennsylvania, is active in the Music
Library Association, and its Atlantic
Chapter, as well as the Society
for Ethnomusicology, and its Niagara
His research interests include music bibliography; fieldwork and sound
archiving; Finnish, Scandinavian, Baltic, Russian and Celtic folk music;
folk instruments (especially the Finnish kantele); polka bands and
fiddling (especially in Western Pennsylvania); and the history of ethnomusicology.
Current Academic Project: sabbatical to study American fiddle styles
during the summers of 2001-02. In 2001 he attended festivals and
camps dealing with Scandinavian, Scottish, Irish and Old Time fiddle styles.
He also studied the Samuel P. Bayard collection at Penn State University,
important to fiddling in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For a
more detailed description of his academic activities, see his professional vitae.
He is a violist (and an expert on viola jokes!) and enjoys playing fiddle,
mandolin or string bass with the following groups: Hither
and Yon: Acoustic Duo; Irish bands: Lads
of Leith and Aran;
and several other
Among his favorite WWW sites are the following:
Carl Rahkonen's Kantele site (under development)
on the Web.
Bibliography at IUP.
The best collection
of Viola Jokes on the World Wide Web.
paper on viola jokes presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Meeting