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Kadi Vija

“My music gives the audience a journey into my thoughts, beliefs, values and history.” – Kadi Vija Kadi Vija (b. 1985, EST/FIN) has a long background in vocal jazz improvisation and defines herself primarily as a vocal instrumentalist. Vija’s music explores sounds from modernism, jazz and electronics, as well as a deep fascination with rhythmic variety. Vija channels stories from an unfamiliar language into melodies, sounds and ideas. In her music she aims to find a balance between being out of her comfort zone and feeling comfortable, and to do so with utmost sincerity. Vija studied in several globally leading institutions, such as the Berklee College of Music, the Sibelius Academy Jazz Department and the Conservatory van Amsterdam

Roaming in the Contemporary Society to Make Peace With It

Label: Flame Jazz Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Standing Still; Blind; Water Dripping Dance; Circles and Falls; Roaming in the Contemporary Society; Between the Lines; Chord Travel.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kadi Vija Key Project: Roaming in the Contemporary Society to Make Peace With It

Read "Roaming in the Contemporary Society to Make Peace With It" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Kadi Vija's voice often feels like some exotic Asian string instrument, particularly the kind with a resonant droning tone that flows and bends in the hands of an expert player. She uses her natural instrument in much the same way, almost always eschewing actual words for a nuanced vocalese that is every bit as expressive. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kadi Vija Key Project: Roaming in the Contemporary Society to Make Peace With It

Read "Roaming in the Contemporary Society to Make Peace With It" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although her album's title is a bit unwieldy, vocalist Kadi Vija's summer 2020 release does convey the artist's distinctive approach to living in challenging times. Rather than aiming for dramatic gestures or the boldest imaginable change, perhaps the more sensible strategy is simply to figure out how to keep going—not resignation, exactly, but a willingness to ...

Ugly Beauty

Label: Texicalli
Released: 2017
Track listing: Gallop's Gallop; Bemsha Swing; Monk's Mood; Boo Boo's Birthday; Ask Me Now; Introspection; In Walked Bud; Work; Bemsha Swing (alternate take); Ugly Beauty

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Kadi Vija: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Nick Davies

Kadi Vija has a long history in vocal jazz improvisation and defines herself primarily as a vocal instrumentalist. Vija's music explores sounds from modernism, jazz and electronics, as well as a deep fascination with rhythmic variety. Her work at prestigious institutions such as the Berklee College of Music, Conservatory van Amsterdam and Sibelius Academy has built ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kadi Vija & Lucas Dann: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Countless musicians have tackled the songs of Thelonious Monk, but it's arguably a rare performer who comes out just as angular and quirky as the man himself. When two such voices join together, both sharing an excellent feel for his tricky offbeat sensibility, it's a distinctly unusual pleasure. Through the brief half-hour of Ugly ...

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Kadi Vija and Lucas Dann: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It's hard to imagine anything more daunting for an up-and-coming vocalist than to tackle a vocal album of Thelonious Monk material--wordless, no less--with nothing more than piano accompaniment. Yet that's exactly what Finnish singer Kadi Vija has done here, along with Canadian pianist Lucas Dann. Hitting those crazy intervals and capturing the unique logic of Monk's ...

Stories

Label: Eclipse Music, Inner Circle Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: A Moment Before The H-Hour; Deep Hill; Everything's Changing; Conversational, Waltz For The Mind, Stories, Invisible Girl


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