Sara Pajunen composes, improvises, plays violin (and hardanger d’amore), records environmental sound and other things. Born and based in Minnesota (USA), her work is a sonically honest search for the future and a continued exploration of the past. Pajunen’s interests lie in blurring human perceptions - of music and noise, composition and improvisation, the natural and the fabricated. In an attempt to cultivate presence through listening, she uses sound to shift our relationships to our environment, to history, and to each other. She has released six albums using folk music as the basis for singular collaborations, herself motivated by the interaction between a deep connection to ancestral roots and the experience of current American culture.
Pajunen has received classical music degrees in the United States and Finland, and funding from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Kone Foundation, American Scandinavian Foundation, and the Arts Council of Finland. She was the 2015/16 Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year and holds a Master of Music in Contemporary from New England Conservatory.
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