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...
Beliefs from the beyond
"Spells, cattle calls, mocking sermons and herdsmen’s tunes from early 20th-century Finland are used inventively and attractively in the band’s arrangements and compositions"
Singing flamenco as yourself
"Anna Murtola is the first among Finnish flamenco singers to bravely go ahead and release her own record."
An exotic menu with a political taste
"Though they have only been around for three years, the quartet Suistamon Sähkö have grown into quite a phenomenon."
Mesmerizing sounds and voices
"Sans have captured a rare beauty in delving into the diverse musical backgrounds and skills of the band members"
Modern lament disc on timeless topics
"Improvisations and more dynamic pieces build up into a disc that is heartache-inducing and challenging"
We Jazz 2018 – in between a festival, utopia and installation
The We Jazz festival - or, in Artistic Director Matti Nives’ words, utopia and installation - has been an integral part of creating what German news...
"Fridrich Bruk’s music has roots in the tradition of Russian colourful orchestral music. The Latvian kantele-like instrument kokle brings a refreshing twist to the sound palette."...
The virtuoso pianist's choice
"Pianist Risto-Matti Marin has formed a meaningful musical whole out of five works, all recorded for the first time, by four contemporary composers living in Finland."...