Taideteos/ Art work: Countryside landscape: Kari Cavén, Kuva/ Photo: Katja Hagelstam, Suunnittelu/ Design:Santtu Parikka & Juha Lökström.
|Performer||Haarla-Krokfors Loco Motife|
|Where recorded||Mango Studios, Magnusborg, Porvoo, Finland|
After their duo album Heart of a Bird (TUM 2003), Iro Haarla and Ulf Krokfors wanted to make a recording with a different overall atmosphere and have some fun doing it with a larger ensemble. To achieve this, a group of friends was brought together to form the Iro Haarla-Ulf Krokfors Loco Motife.
The music on the debut album of the band is based on an electric sound especially in the form of Haarla´s different keyboards and Mikko Iivanainen´s electric guitar. Add strong compositions by Haarla and Krokfors, powerful personal expression from the soloists - including famed Swedish trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz and saxophonists Mikko Innanen and Rasmus Korsström - and you are sure to hear prime contemporary jazz.
Penguin Beguine received the Emma Award as the Best Finnish Jazz Recording of the Year in 2005.