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Barlast creates spacious new music with a silence echoing in the background. The silence can be heard between the notes. Everything unnecessary is stripped away. Only the name remains as ballast. From the soothing sound of a telecaster to the calling of the herder instrument mänkeri, from the rumble of a frame drum to a free double bass solo. The aural visions range from 18th century dances to heavy breathing in hazmat suits. Philip Holm - double bass Heikki Hänninen - guitars Minna Koskenlahti - percussion and flute Sanna Salonen - soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and mänkeri


Tomi Pekkola

Tomi Pekkola is an avant-garde-guitarist-composer from Hamina Finland. Along the years he has played in various types of groups with progressive or avant-garde ethos. Pekkola is a guitarist with a respect to the classics but his work is best described as a combination of contemporary classical & free improvisation with an attitude towards both meditative & explosive expression. Pekkola's main area in composition is at the time with his The Bull In a China Shop Quartet, a group on Bruce's Fingers label, but his work as a composer includes pieces for orchestra, chamber opera, chamber music vocal music & musics for different genres.


Nina Mya

Nina Mya is a Finnish jazz vocalist, composer and vocal teacher. Her musical studies began when she was 7 with classical piano but as a teenager singing and jazz became her biggest passion. In fall 2008 Nina started her studies at the reputable Sibelius Academy Department of Jazz in Helsinki. She has had the honour of being taught by and also having worked with some of the finest jazz musicians in Finland including Jukkis Uotila, Manuel Dunkel, Jenny Robson and many more. Throughout the years Nina has participated in several jazz vocal competitions and events bringing her awards; one being mentioned the Soloist Price at the Young Nordic Jazz Comets 2011


Sigurdur Rögnvaldsson

Sigurdur Rögnvaldsson (born November 30, 1980, Reykjavik, Iceland), often referred to as “Siggi”, is an Icelandic jazz-rock guitarist and composer, living in Helsinki, Finland. He is best known for his work with the trio Equally Stupid and his own group Sigurdur Rognvaldsson´s Dark Forest.  His musical style is a mixture of jazz and rock with influences from free improvised music.  Previously he worked with the Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Icelandic group Laser and the Norwegian, Icelandic, Finnish group Defekt.  Sigurdur picked up the guitar for the first time at the age of 10 and quickly started playing rock and blues music



Bass bug bit Jukka Haavisto hard in his early year of elementary school upon hearing Geddy Lee of Rush,Jaco Pastorius and a local bass player Jussi Kosonen. Jukka started playing bass at the age of 8 and has not put down the instrument since. As his musical tastes expanded quickly to jazz, fusion, R&B, rock and more. It became clear to him he needed to be come professional musician. Jukka has degrees from Conservatory and University of Applied Sciences in pop & jazz-music. He now works on a Masters Degree in Music Performance Jazz- improvisation at University of Stavanger, Norway. Location: Helsinki/Finland and Stavanger/Norway Day gig: I’m full-time bass player, working as a freelancer and in several bands. Years experience: Over 20 years Bands & Gigs: Beat, Bass & Bone, I'm composer and player Humus, I'm playing live shows Bel Vel, where I’m a player and co-writer


Joakim Berghäll

Based in Helsinki, I am a composer/musician allergic to all sorts of boundaries. My main instrument is the saxophone, as in tenor, baritone, alto and soprano. In August 2013 I finally managed to release my debut album (with ten pianists from the top of improvising Finland: Iro Haarla, Kari Ikonen, Seppo Kantonen, Antti & Juha Kujanpää, Samuli Mikkonen, Aki Rissanen, László Süle, Joona Toivanen and Alexi Tuomarila). Before you could have found me playing with Tsuumi Sound System or Auteur Jazz, for example.

I began my musical studies with the cello at the age of three, and I'm lucky enough to still get to play it from time to time although I definitely can't consider myself a cello player

Aili Ikonen & Tribute to Ella

Aili Ikonen & Tribute to Ella pays homage to one of the greatest vocal stylists and improvisers of all times, Ella Fitzgerald, and to the music she loved. The debut album ”Aili Ikonen & Tribute to Ella” is the first finnish album focusing on the music of ”The First Lady of Jazz”. The album released in april 2013 has received great reviews. The sextet has gained reputation with their sublime performances all over Finland, with the amazing Aili Ikonen as the vocalist. Ikonen has been said to be one of the few true scat-improvisers in Finland, following the footsteps of Ella. Bassist and bandleader Mikko Pellinen´s fresh arrangements, played by some of the top young finnish jazz musicians, gives the evergreen tunes an exiting twist

Aili Ikonen

Aili Ikonen is a versatile vocalist living in Helsinki, Finland. Aili is moving fluently across the diverse field of jazz, folk and pop. She has been touring over Europe and Finland, performing in various venues from significant jazz festivals to TV-shows and has been featured as a soloist for i.a. UMO Jazz Orchestra and Norrbotten Big Band. Aili leads her own group Aili Ikonen Ensemble which gave it´s first performance in november 2011 in the new Helsinki Music Centre. In addition to Aili Ikonen Ensemble, she works as a singer and writes music to Kvalda, Hereä and Korpi Ensemble


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