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Jovanka Trbojević in memoriam

Jovanka Trbojević in memoriam

Composer Lotta Wennäkoski reminisces about her friend, the composer Jovanka Trbojević, who passed away in May.
The kantele - outside the box

The kantele – outside the box

Today, the kantele inspires composers and performers across genre boundaries. Musician Maija Kauhanen and composer Adina Dumitrescu discuss the instrument from their respective perspectives.
The legacy continues

The legacy continues

Holding a mirror up to the past can be burdensome. But it can also be a revelation. Both applied to trumpeter Verneri Pohjola as he took the bull by the horns and interpreted his father Pekka Pohjola’s music. At the heart of the winning formula was the trumpeter's own vision.
Tender, edgy free jazz

Tender, edgy free jazz

Overlook the name that suggests goth or heavy metal – Tampere trio Black Motor is one of Finland’s most versatile, appealing free jazz outfits.
Strong solo piano

Strong solo piano

Sarmanto is a very proficient pianist, and, surely one of the most individual ones of his generation in northern Europe.
The complete set

The complete set

The music on Jukka Eskola Soul Trio's album is straightforward, stylish and groovy Soul Jazz, almost directly from the 60s. However, the discerning listener will find details with a more recent time stamp.
Bop goes cool

Bop goes cool

Jukka Perko Tritone moves the onetime fierce music of Dizzy Gillespie to somewhat gentler realms, still not losing the original ideas and logics of the songs.
The kantele – not exclusively Finnish

The kantele – not exclusively Finnish

Finns never fail to point out that the kantele is Finland’s national instrument. But there are kantele-like instruments elsewhere too, and it is only recently that they have begun to be studied more thoroughly. The official status of kanteles varies from one country to another.
Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

When Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha came on stage in the Horta Hall of Bozar in Brussels, as part of the 11th edition of Balkan Trafik!, they delivered what could be expected from them: energetic and exciting Balkan music with a subtle twist.
Multiple modes of music education in Nepal

Multiple modes of music education in Nepal

How does one organise arts education in a multi-ethnic society? Whose culture should be taught? What should be considered in drawing up a national curriculum for music? The Finnish-Nepalese-Israeli project Global Visions Through Mobilizing Networks is contributing to the development of music education in Nepal.
Heading North

Heading North

Two jazz professionals, journalist Andreas Müller and label manager Dave Stapleton, had a brief chat about Finnish jazz prior to Jazzahead! 2017, the international jazz expo and showcase festival taking place from 27 until 30 April in Bremen, Germany.
Special touch

Special touch

During her long and winding career, Iro Haarla has reinvented herself many times over. She has rolled with the punches and beat all odds to become one of the most original and soulful composers in Nordic jazz.