Eminently competent Finnish jazz vocalist
"Aili Ikonen is a breath of fresh air in the firmament of Finnish contemporary vocal artists and vocal jazz."
Multi-instrumentalists and eight drummers in acoustic landscapes
"There seems to be no bounds to the sheer imagination poured into the sound worlds and effects inhabiting this album."
The tension between music and concept art
"On the whole, this disc remains with the listener for longer than one would expect from its adventurous musical content, but its impressiveness is not because...
Alma! - The fantastic tapestry of a woman’s life
"Minna Leinonen manages to pull off the most important requirement in writing an opera: to write music that perfectly merges with the other elements surrounding it...
Tradition is an inexhaustible source of joy
"Sväng have now returned to their roots in a refreshing and energetic rediscovery of tradition – an inexhaustible source of joy."
Rich re-interpretation of early music
"Ensemble Gamut!'s repertoire ranges from daringly and freshly arranged folk songs to Medieval and Renaissance compositions. Improvisation and electronics are also included."
Daily life and versatile musical dialogues
"The debut album of kantele player and singer-songwriter Marjo Smolander is an interesting combination of different musical collaborations."
Taking the lament tradition into here and now
"Also the real thing is included, with Kuittinen sometimes letting her voice go all rough and raw, affected by grief. Her voice does not always sound...