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Kokko Quartet

Kokko Quartet presents an exciting blend of jazz and world music influences. Carrying Nordic qualities at heart, the group draws influences from Indian and Arabic music as well as Cuban rhythms, thus creating a distinctive overall sound. In Finnish Kalevala mythology ”kokko” refers to a gigantic eagle, a mythical creature of the air having many forms as does the music of Kokko Quartet. Established in 2010 and led by pianist Johanna Pitkänen, this Helsinki-based group performs songs written by Pitkänen, saxophone player Kaisa Siirala and bass player Timo Tuppurainen. Together with drummer Risto Takala, the four musicians move through the music with a spirit of great freedom in their interplay

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Johanna Pitkänen

Johanna Pitkänen is a pianist and composer from Helsinki. She has explored the musical globe from Scandinavia to Cuba and from different parts of Africa to Spain. Pitkänen writes music by commission and performs on solo piano and with duos and trios. Her oldest ongoing group is Kokko Quartet, a Finnish jazz group using world music influences in their music. The group has released two albums, their latest release is Orient Express from 2016. Pitkänen also writes music for film. In 2019 she released electronic music together with producer Satu Nieminen Pitkänen graduated from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor’s degree in Pop and Jazz Music

Like a River

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Released: 2013


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