Womex with five Finnish acts
Music professional conference Womex takes place in Copenhagen Denmark on 26 to 29 October.
Again Nordic countries are working together at the Nordic stand where Finland has it’s own space where 17 Finnish folk music professionals from festivals to record companies represents themselves.
On Friday the 28th the Nordic stand turns green as the Nordic Picnic calls everybody to join on a picnic with food and drinks. The Nordic Picnic is a good chance to hear and get to know more about Nordic folk music.
Finnish showcases at Womex 2011
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Johanna Juhola Reaktori
Johanna Juhola shows that accordion isn’t only just an old-fashioned instrument. She surfs from modern folk music to tango, classical, and jazz. Fantasia-tango is the title of Juhola’s second solo album released in 2010, and it describes very well the style of the music.
Reaktori is a mix of four exuberant musicians: Juhola, Milla Viljamaa, Tuomas Norvio and Sara Puljula.
Thu 27 OCT 00:30 at Nordic Club
Antti Paalanen has created a new acoustic sound with diatonic accordion. His one of the leading musicians in modern Finnish folk music with a powerful and open-minded command of his instrument. His first solo album Breathbox was released in 2010.
Fri 28 OCT 14:15 at Daycase Stage
This unusual group creates music with traces of tango, klezmer, jazz, psychobilly, cabaret, new age, progressive avant-garde and the heaviest of heavy metal. The six-member band’s weaponry consist of various saxes and clarinets, trombone, tuba, two cellos, pump organ, grand piano, drums and so on.
Fri 28 OCT 21:30 at Nordic Club
Finnish events at World Music Showcases
PK & Janko
This is an interesting rhythmic mixture where West African sounds meets Finnish rocker PK Keränen who is known from the 22 pistepirkko. The other half of the duo is Gambian born Janko Manneh who is currently living in Helsinki.
Sat 29 OCT 18:30 at Cloban CPH
Kristiina Ilmonen Sysihai
Three electronic shepherds with arcaic Finno-Ugric roots on free pastures –ancient winds meet the machines… this is what Sysihai is about, it’s and exploration into the landscape of overtones, mellow flutes, hounting horns, shamans in the subways, sheep on the run. It’s delicate and passionate urban folk.
Sat 29 OCT 19:15 at Global CPH
Jani Sipilä / Fimic
25 October, 2011