JUHA KUJANPÄÄ: Kultasiipi (Goldwing)
Composer and keyboard player Juha Kujanpää and his six-member ensemble turn out a special blend of progressive rock, jazz and Nordic folk music. The catchy tunes on the Kultasiipi album vary from whimsical to solemn, from sensitive and profound tranquillity to the howl of guitars.
The music is colourful and captivates the listener, because every sound on the album works – from three fiddlers breathing in unison to the grunge of the rock trio to rich keyboard timbres to the sampled sounds of a jetty squeaking in the waves. An energising experience.
Translation: Jaakko Mäntyjärvi