Grappling with Sibelius in China
“Could a certain distance from Western symphonic thought have contributed to the surprising qualities of the performances I heard in China?” Andrew Mellor reviews performances of...
Satiny Sapphic harmonies with a jazz bass
"Mostly a cappella, Signe's sound mingles folk, pop, barbershop and choral singing. The result is utterly original, uncategorisable art – unlike anything else you’ll hear this...
A burst of outré energy
"Rögnvaldsson’s team has grown into a thoroughbred band with a highly developed collaborative consciousness."
Young and fast
"The band definitely has ideas of their own and the chops to execute them. The music has a spontaneous feel."
Musical cross-section of the Finnish landscape
"The Hot Heros' most recent album, Folkjazz from Finland, paints an image of the Finnish (mental) landscape that is best appreciated through focused listening. This gives...
Grandiose guitar, organic drums
"Mainly using a guitar and an array of effects, Jarmo Saari masterfully creates atmospheres and meticulous architecture – with a taste for bombastic melodrama."
Evolution and Interplay
"The main attraction of this album is the capricious songs, reflecting ten years of evolution. Rather than focusing on solos, Herd distils the music into a...
The power of words – and music
"While the melodies appear timeless and uncomplicated, the performances are pure Ilmiliekki – that is, contemporary jazz with a Nordic twist."
Crossing the ocean - Musica nova Helsinki 2019
This year, the Musica nova Helsinki 2019 festival presented a trans-Atlantic menu. The programme plumbed deep waters and explored lovely landscapes on a sea that knows...