Peela consists of some of the finest upcoming jazz musicians in Helsinki, centering around the compositions of guitarist Johannes Granroth.
They draw influences from jazz, funk rock and neo soul to a blend where improvisation, powerful melodies, lush harmony and groovy rhythms play a central role. Their music is mostly instrumental, though at times enhanced by Maja Mannila’s virtuosic singing.
The band was founded in 2016 and along with actively gigging for nearly four years, Peela has released their debut album Layers in 2018, as well as their second album/ep Stepping Stones in 2020. They have managed to catch the attention of acclaimed musicians such as pianist Iiro Rantala, giving them a push in the right direction.
Johannes Granroth – Guitar
Severi Sorjonen – Drums
Maja Mannila – Keys & Vocals
Sami Leponiemi – Saxophone
Antti Ahoniemi – Bass
Mikko Antila – Percussions