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Music with a strong northern identity, Jorma Tapio & Kaski uses this inherent background as a springboard to the universal and further on to the unknown. The group operates from the basis of compositions and unplanned improvisation, from sombre whisper to the rumble of stormy winds. Wide palette of instrumentation expands group’s expressive range, paying homage to various music cultures of the world. The group's critically acclaimed debut album Ghatika was released in March 2016 on Karkia Mistika label.
Jorma Tapio is known for his long-standing collaboration with late percussionist/composer Edward Vesala (1945-1999), mainly in Vesala’s ensemble Sound & Fury which Tapio leads nowadays. Other musical endeavors include projects with improvisers like Terje Isungset, Joseph Jarman, Keiji Haino, Arve Henriksen and Bobby Bradford. In addition to Kaski and reactivated Sound & Fury, Tapio works in a duo with percussionist Janne Tuomi, and also Lekkujad, a group which uses Karelian musical roots as its basis.
Ville Rauhala and Simo Laihonen have shared a common language in improvising trio Black Motor since the early 2000s. They have collaborated with instrumentalists like Verneri Pohjola, Peter Brötzmann, Juhani Aaltonen, David Ornette Cherry and Ernest Khabeer Dawkins. Rauhala’s other active groups include Hot Heros (with Sami Sippola and Janne Tuomi) and Raoul Björkenheim Triad (with Björkenheim and Ilmari Heikinheimo). In addition to Kaski and Black Motor, Laihonen works in a duo setting with reed player Mikko Innanen and in the newly emerged Sound & Fury ensemble.