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Eyolf Dale at April Jazz

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Eyolf Dale
April Jazz
Espoo, Finland
April 26, 2019

In keeping with the gradual arrival of spring in southern Finland and the mini festival just outside Helsinki, April Jazz, Norwegian bandleader Eyolf Dale brought a strong sense of musical color. The breadth of his musical taste runs from ...

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Hvalfugl: Som En Faldskærm

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Hvalfugl is a young Danish trio whose music straddles the awkward boundary between jazz and a rather ill-defined style of instrumental music which might be considered folk. This is despite prominently featuring two instruments which barely feature in the genre--electric guitar and piano.

If one is to define a style, it surely shouldn't be ...

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Jarmo Saari Republic: Soldiers of Light

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In a video introducing this band, Jarmo Saari claims that in his career as Finland's most widely-recognized modern guitarist he is maybe in the wrong niche. But listening to his latest album, and comparing it to his first releases in the mid 1990s with ZetaBoo, even if he doesn't play drums it is obvious that he ...

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Jarmo Saari Republic at G Livelab

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Jarmo Saari Republic
G Livelab
Helsinki
February 28, 2019

Jarmo Saari has been making music on the Nordic scene for more years than most of us care to remember. As a child he was involved in the Tapiola Choir in Espoo, the Helsinki suburb synonymous with high art of visual as ...

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Gourmet At April Jazz Club

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Gourmet
April Jazz Club
Espoo, Finland
February 8, 2019

You can't judge a book--or a CD--by its cover, but the contents frequently become inexorably associated with the packaging. Visiting the April Jazz Club in early February to see a band called “Gourmet" might suggest tasty fare in leafy spring surroundings. The ...

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Hot Heros: Folkjazz from Finland

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From the tarnished keys of his favorite old tenor sax, through the scaberous tones of the same instrument to the tangle of his extensive rusty beard, Sami Sippola epitomizes the essence of a free jazz artist. So needless to say the most recent of the releases featuring this well established Finnish musician is another tour de ...

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Josh Pollock: Threnodius Daevidus - in honour of Mr Allen

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It can't be a coincidence that some of the best concerts and some of the most rewarding first-time-listen albums will come about when there has been absolutely no anticipation of the experience to come. So the advice is to put aside this text and put in a search at Bandcamp, or better still trot down to ...

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Flow Festival 2018

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Flow Festival
Helsinki, Finland
August 10-12, 2018

Once the fizz and thud of a modern outdoor festival fades, in my case behind numerous trees and double glazing 1½ miles away, one wonders how much art has been expended with such a concentration of energy put out. Flow Festival, based in the steampunk ...

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Papanosh in a Finnish Forest

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Papanosh
The Yellow House
Janakkala, FInland
July 29, 2018

If one believes that music originated in primitive wo/man's appreciation of the natural rhythms occurring in nature, then what better environment to witness live music than a shady dell, sheltered from the sun as well as the adjacent road by a solid ...

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Kerava Jazz 2018

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Kerava Jazz Festival
Kerava, Finland
May 25-27, 2018

The town of Kerava plays as much roll in the lives of most Finns as just its fleeting name on the station that express trains speed through on their way to the capital Helsinki, 20 miles south. Or for the international traveler ...