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Samuli Mikkonen

Jazz pIanist and composer Samuli Mikkonen (b.1973 Jyvaskyla, Finland) is an emerging name in the European jazz scene. His distinct and recognisable sound has its deepest roots in the landspaces and sounds of Central Finland, an area full of lakes and forests. Besides the Scandinavian and European jazz tradition, influences of Finnish as well as other ethnic musics can be heard, as well as 20th century classical music. His latest project, KUÀRA, is an all-acoustic trio with drummer Markku Ounaskari and trumpet player Per Jorgensen, and their first CD on ECM Records, produced by Manfred Eicher, was released in November 2010

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Vossa Jazz 2013

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Vossa JazzOslo, NorwayMarch 22-24, 2013Every festival hopes to have a signature, that certain something that differentiates it from all the rest and makes it a desired destination, but few have as many things going for it as the annual Vossa Jazz Festival, now in its 40th year. It certainly may seem ...

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Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012: October 5-6, 2012

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Dutch Jazz & World Meeting Amsterdam, The NetherlandsOctober 5-6, 2012With Jazzahead! 2012--the annual European jazz trade fair--demonstrating that jazz is, if not exactly big business, then certainly bigish business, it's no surprise to find that The Netherlands' biannual Dutch Jazz & World Meeting is making the same salient point, albeit more narrowly ...

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Garana Jazz Festival, Garana, Romania, July 12-15 2012

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Garana Jazz FestivalGarana, RomaniaJuly 12-15, 2012The 16th edition of the Garana open-air Jazz Festival gathered over 5,000 jazz lovers in a glade called the Wolf's Clearing, in the southern Carpathians. The weather conditions were excellent--a factor that should not be taken for granted; in Garana, it has rained during each of the last ...

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All About Jazz Presents at Kongsberg Jazzfestival: Kongsberg, Norway, July 5-6, 2012

Read "All About Jazz Presents at Kongsberg Jazzfestival: Kongsberg, Norway, July 5-6, 2012" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Kongsberg Jazz FestivalAll About Jazz Presents: Doing It NorwayKongsberg, NorwayJuly 5-6, 2012 Kongsberg is a small town in Buskerud with about 24,000 inhabitant, situated s 55 miles west of Oslo, the nation's capital. Founded in 1624, after silver was discovered in the hills, the Danish-Norwegian king recruited German miners from the ...

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Markku Ounaskari / Samuli Mikkonen / Per Jørgensen: Kuara: Psalms and Folk Songs

Read "Kuara: Psalms and Folk Songs" reviewed by John Kelman

While early reference points for jazz and improvised music may have come from the Afro-American tradition, global musicians of the 21st century have increasingly looked to their own cultural touchstones for music that speaks to them at a mitochondrial level. If music is a reflection of who we are and what we experience, then it only ...

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival Unveils All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway Program

Kongsberg Jazz Festival Unveils All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway Program

On February 1, 2012, Norway's Kongsberg Jazz Festival unveiled its first series of shows scheduled for the 2012 edition, running from July 4-7, 2012: a total of fourteen shows—seven of them detailed in this press release. AAJ is pleased to announce the lineup for its All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway festival-within-a-festival, following last fall's ...

Kuára. Psalms and Folk Songs

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: 1. Polychronion (salmo russo) - 5:33; 2. Psalm CXXI (Mironisitsky) - 3:26; 3. Tuuin Tuuin (trad. della Karelia) - 3:57; 4. Aallot (Mikkonen, Ounaskari) - 3:07; 5. Introit (salmo russo) - 2:18; 6. Pitkä pajo (trad. della Vepsia) - 3:59; 7. Introit / Changing Paths 1 (salmo russo / Ounaskari, Mikkonen) - 2:53; 8. The Gipsy’s Stone (Ounaskari, Mikkonen) - 4:35; 9. Pikkumetsä (Mikkonen, Ounaskari) - 2:18; 10. Soldat Keljangúr (trad. della Udmurtia) - 5:55; 11. Mountain of Sorrow (Ounaskari, Mikkonen) - 4:52; 12. Introit / Changing Paths 2 (salmo russo / Ounaskari, Mikkonen) - 2:32; 13. Sjuan Mad’ (trad. della Udmurtia) - 3:39: 14. Sjuan Gúr (trad. della Udmurtia) - 4:44.

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Manfred Eicher: Through the Lens

Read "Manfred Eicher: Through the Lens" reviewed by John Kelman

It begins in silence, always silence. Since the 1990s, all ECM recordings begin with five seconds of silence, and so, too, do directors Norbert Wiedmer and Peter Guyer open their feature film on the heralded German record label and its enigmatic founder, Sounds and Silence: Travels with Manfred Eicher. As longtime ECM recording artist Keith Jarrett's ...

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Punkt 2011: Kristiansand, Norway, September 1-3, 2011

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Punkt Festival 2011 The Agder Theatre Kristiansand, Norway September 1-3, 2011It was almost not meant to be. Plagued by a combination of airline snafus and the residual effects of Hurricane Irene--which had hit the northeast coast of the United States a few days earlier, creating (amidst other much more serious results) a ...


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