It's fun at the top

It’s fun at the top

Pekka Kuusisto is an explorer on whose world map music has no borders. He is equally at home in concert halls and cosy clubs. The joy of music is in interaction. For the rapidly ageing world of classical music, personalities like Kuusisto are oases in a desert.
Changing listening habits

Changing listening habits

Sales of recorded music in Finland showed an upward trend in 2012, for the first time in many years. Though the increase on the previous year was still not very remarkable, and it then slightly levelled off, the signal is nevertheless clear. For it reinforces the belief that people still...
What's next for Nordic Jazz?

What’s next for Nordic Jazz?

Not long ago, a new style of improvised music from the top of the world was taking the global jazz scene by storm. Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish bands had a novel angle on the genre and a phenomenon dubbed Nordic jazz was born. But continuing success requires idealism, contacts and...
Game notes

Game notes

These are golden years for the Finnish games industry. While mobile games by Supercell and others break records, console and computer game developers create increasingly ambitious works. The success of these games opens up new opportunities for Finnish music-makers.
WoW - what a sound!

WoW – what a sound!

Wind on Wind’s repertoire includes several runo singing melodies, some of which give the uncanny impression of seven women, each with a sound of their own, gossiping by the village roadside, whereas other tunes have such a meditative feel that the album Sees could easily justify the subtitle ‘A portable...
Tampere Biennale - sights and sounds

Tampere Biennale – sights and sounds

The Tampere Biennale, this year being held on 9–13 April, is the festival that shows where Finnish contemporary classical music is at. This is the second festival for composer Olli Virtaperko as Artistic Director.
Jazzy short films

Jazzy short films

..the ten short films included on Disc One of Live At We Jazz – Season 1 do an excellent job of conveying the wealth of talent and diversity of sounds to be found on the Finnish jazz scene...
Latest entries
Familiar new sounds

Familiar new sounds

"Tuomo’s sound has triumphed through three albums now, and on the fourth, released in January 2014, it’s time for a new direction. Tuomo finds that in retro that is a step more recent."
Powerful images

Powerful images

"Released by Dave Stapleton’s Edition Records, In Cinema is by far Oddarrang’s strongest album. It is both imaginative and accessible and, despite at times being just a bit serious, a joy to listen to."
Schlager with Balkan flavour

Schlager with Balkan flavour

"I fell in love with the first record of Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha, a band which has found something new: a fresh take on combining the Slavic melancholy of Finnish schlager with strong Balkan flavour."
Strong and mature singing

Strong and mature singing

"The chamber choir Key Ensemble from Turku proved its excellent standard by winning the adult category in the BBC’s competition ‘Let the people sing’ last year. The latest CD delivers some fine moments, and keeps the focus on Nordic contemporary composers."
It's fun at the top

It’s fun at the top

Pekka Kuusisto is an explorer on whose world map music has no borders. He is equally at home in concert halls and cosy clubs. The joy of music is in interaction. For the rapidly ageing world of classical music, personalities like Kuusisto are oases in a desert.

Sharing and synergy

The digital revolution of the third millennium has offered us more and more new ways of accessing and listening to music. The borders between genres have, meanwhile, got lower and lower, and completely new genres are appearing on the musical scene all the time. This trend is sorely testing both artists and those distributing their...
Changing listening habits

Changing listening habits

Sales of recorded music in Finland showed an upward trend in 2012, for the first time in many years. Though the increase on the previous year was still not very remarkable, and it then slightly levelled off, the signal is nevertheless clear. For it reinforces the belief that people still want to listen to music......
What's next for Nordic Jazz?

What’s next for Nordic Jazz?

Not long ago, a new style of improvised music from the top of the world was taking the global jazz scene by storm. Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish bands had a novel angle on the genre and a phenomenon dubbed Nordic jazz was born. But continuing success requires idealism, contacts and hard work...
Game notes

Game notes

These are golden years for the Finnish games industry. While mobile games by Supercell and others break records, console and computer game developers create increasingly ambitious works. The success of these games opens up new opportunities for Finnish music-makers.
WoW - what a sound!

WoW – what a sound!

Wind on Wind’s repertoire includes several runo singing melodies, some of which give the uncanny impression of seven women, each with a sound of their own, gossiping by the village roadside, whereas other tunes have such a meditative feel that the album Sees could easily justify the subtitle ‘A portable forest inside the CD covers’....
Tampere Biennale - sights and sounds

Tampere Biennale – sights and sounds

The Tampere Biennale, this year being held on 9–13 April, is the festival that shows where Finnish contemporary classical music is at. This is the second festival for composer Olli Virtaperko as Artistic Director.
World-class jazz for new audiences

World-class jazz for new audiences

...Staging six days of jazz at the beginning of the Christmas season was a risky undertaking, but We Jazz’s astute programming decisions made it work...