Thursday 26.4.

gauting

A Novel of Anomaly,Bosco Gauting, gauting26.4. At 20:00

keikka

ANDREAS SCHAERER, vocals
LUCIANO BIONDINI, accordion
KALLE KALIMA, guitar
LUCAS NIGGLI, drums

Friday 27.4.

kaunas

HELSINKI-COTONOU ENSEMBLE,Kaunas Jazz, kaunas27.4. At 23:00

keikka

Fela Kuti meets Snarky Puppy. Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble takes the sounds of Benin, the homeland of Voodoo, and combines them with soulful songwriting, jazzy improvisations and funky beats. It all began quite unexpectedly when in 2009 a Finnish guitarist, Janne Halonen, travelled to West Africa to study and work with local musicians. He became friends with a virtuoso singer/percussionist Noël Saïzonou and new music started coming to them. The name of the band refers to their hometowns, which are over 6000 km apart. Now, 9 years after that trip, the 8-piece group has performed over 100 shows in 9 countries and is now releasing their fourth album We Are Together  on 23th of March.

Most of the music for Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble's upcoming album was written in songwriting sessions, that took place in the village of Grand-Popo, Benin, West-Africa in April 2017. The band's musical leaders Janne Halonen and Noël Saïzonou worked for 2 weeks, 8 hours a day by the beaches of Gulf of Guinea, writing and listening music, discussing directions and recording demos.

On one of the final days of those sessions, the duo began their morning by listening to some old American soul classics, and there came the idea to experiment on writing something in style 70's black music. Halonen wrote the melodies and harmonies on one sitting, and the next morning Saïzonou showed up with the lyrics.

"It came out really fast. After a day and a half a demo was ready, and it pretty much had all the elements of the final arrangement in it", Halonen recalls. "The groove of the song is based on Tchinkoume rhythm from Benin, which is one of the origins of Funk, but in this case the cycle starts in a wrong place. When Aaron and Jeremi Ahouandjinou came to play horns for the song, they were a bit amused about that, having a quite deep knowledge of their musical tradition."


Saïzonou describes the song as a reminder for everyone to base their lives on positive principles: "The song is about the grace, that life has given to each of us. If one knows he has a talent of doing something, he should believe in it and work on it. One day his dream will become true."

 

Noël Saïzonou - lead vocals & percussion
Janne Halonen - guitars & vocals
Sampo Riskilä - bass & vocals
Juha Räsänen - drums & vocals
Mikko Pettinen - trumpet & vocals
Joakim Berghäll - saxophone & vocals
Menard Mponda - percussion & vocals
Visa Oscar - keyboards

Wednesday 16.5.

tochigi

Joonas Haavisto Trio: Japan Tour 2018,Tochigi Prefecture Cultural Center, tochigi16.5. At 19:00

keikka

Joonas Haavisto Trio returns to Japan to celebrate their new album Gradation  with five-concert tour in May 2018 ! The tour kicks off in Tochigi May 16th. 

Steinway artist Joonas Haavisto is one of the most interesting pianists coming from the Finnish jazz scene. Trio consists of Finnish top jazz musicians Antti Lötjönen and Joonas Riippa besides Haavisto. On their fourth album Gradation the band does not shy away from a free form of expression made possible by the harmonic and melodic style of bandleader Haavisto’s compositions.

LINE-UP: 
Joonas Haavisto (p)
Antti Lötjönen (b), 
Joonas Riippa (dr)

Friday 18.5.

osaka

Joonas Haavisto Trio: Japan Tour 2018,Toyonaka Performing Arts Center, osaka18.5. At 19:00

keikka

Joonas Haavisto Trio returns to Japan to celebrate their new album Gradation  with five-concert tour in May 2018! 

Steinway artist Joonas Haavisto is one of the most interesting pianists coming from the Finnish jazz scene. Trio consists of Finnish top jazz musicians Antti Lötjönen and Joonas Riippa besides Haavisto. On their fourth album Gradation the band does not shy away from a free form of expression made possible by the harmonic and melodic style of bandleader Haavisto’s compositions.

Joonas Haavisto (p)
Antti Lötjönen (b), 
Joonas Riippa (dr)

Saturday 19.5.

kyoto

Joonas Haavisto Trio: Japan Tour 2018,Joyo City Cultural Center, kyoto19.5.

keikka

Joonas Haavisto Trio returns to Japan to celebrate their new album Gradation  with five-concert tour in May 2018! 

Steinway artist Joonas Haavisto is one of the most interesting pianists coming from the Finnish jazz scene. Trio consists of Finnish top jazz musicians Antti Lötjönen and Joonas Riippa besides Haavisto. On their fourth album Gradation the band does not shy away from a free form of expression made possible by the harmonic and melodic style of bandleader Haavisto’s compositions.

Joonas Haavisto (p)
Antti Lötjönen (b), 
Joonas Riippa (dr)

Sunday 20.5.

kanagawa

Joonas Haavisto Trio: Japan Tour 2018,Izumi Arts Center Theatre Fonte Hall, kanagawa20.5.

keikka

Joonas Haavisto Trio returns to Japan to celebrate their new album Gradation  with five-concert tour in May 2018! 

Steinway artist Joonas Haavisto is one of the most interesting pianists coming from the Finnish jazz scene. Trio consists of Finnish top jazz musicians Antti Lötjönen and Joonas Riippa besides Haavisto. On their fourth album Gradation the band does not shy away from a free form of expression made possible by the harmonic and melodic style of bandleader Haavisto’s compositions.

Joonas Haavisto (p)
Antti Lötjönen (b), 
Joonas Riippa (dr)

Monday 21.5.

tokyo

Joonas Haavisto Trio: Japan Tour 2018,Panthenon Tama, tokyo21.5. At 18:30

keikka

Joonas Haavisto Trio returns to Japan to celebrate their new album Gradation  with five-concert tour in May 2018! The final concert of the tour is held at Panthenon Tama, Tokyo on the 21st of May.

Steinway artist Joonas Haavisto is one of the most interesting pianists coming from the Finnish jazz scene. Trio consists of Finnish top jazz musicians Antti Lötjönen and Joonas Riippa besides Haavisto. On their fourth album Gradation the band does not shy away from a free form of expression made possible by the harmonic and melodic style of bandleader Haavisto’s compositions.

Joonas Haavisto (p)
Antti Lötjönen (b), 
Joonas Riippa (dr)