Art: Tiitus Petäjäniemi
Sole Azul takes the tango from its Argentinian roots and plants it into the Nordic frozen soil. The trio, featuring the talents of accordionist Harri Kuusijärvi, Pauli Lyytinen (tenor sax) and Eero Tikkanen (bass), takes a jazz-influenced improvisational approach to the fiery passion of the tango.
Harri Kuusijärvi is one of the most unique voices in modern accordion music. He has premiered several contemporary art music pieces, performed with some of the top popular acts in Finland and received much critical acclaim with his various prog rock, jazz and world music projects.
In addition to receiving the Ted Curson Memorial Award at the 2017 edition of the Pori Jazz Festival composer and saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen is best known for his works with groups like Elifantree, Pauli Lyytinen Machinery, Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri, Equally Stupid and Raoul Björkenheim eCsTaSy. He is one of the most highly respected members of his generation of Finnish jazz musicians.
Eero Tikkanen is one of the most sought after bass players in Finland and best known for groups like Mopo, Mikko Innanen 10+ ja Joose Keskitalo.