Let the People Sing
"There are moments, when Kostiainen does things that give the ears a good tweak: one striking passage has minimalist oscillating flutes above a lyrical cello line;...
Glorious fusion from a true pioneer
"In this day and age, there is nothing thrilling or novel in calling someone a trailblazer. However, some of us were mapping new areas long before...
Highlights from the lowlands
"The trio swings seriously and authentically, but also gives a taste of the countryside Americana. Sandberg’s clean execution is sophisticated."
Lighthouse beam on a stormy night
"The overall sound is eerie, nocturnal and wintry – yet somehow comforting, as deep forests are for people of the North."
Communing with ghosts on the island of souls
"A poignant soundscape that works equally well as a standalone work and as a movie score."
All’s Well That Ends Well
"Sid Hille and Abdissa Assefa managed to create and capture some truly momentous and mesmerizing moments. The end result is Here – Beyond the Infinite, a...
Prepared piano with an Arabic accent
"Kari Ikonen alternately figure skates, tap dances and prances across the keys, sounding like a jaunty, syncopated one-man band."
Third Stream, the new Finnish rendition
"Veering from the vast, brooding and sedate [- -] to the petite, playful and sanguine [- -], the group establishes a solid interface of unique inventions."...
Keeping it free through the generations
"At times surprisingly groovy, at others surreptitiously enticing, Vodjanoi is free jazz for the future."