Kalottjazz & Blues 2018 – wide range of artists on six different stages guarantee a unique and versatile experience!
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SANNA RUOHONIEMI BAND
Sanna Ruohoniemi – vocals
David Bennet – saxophone
Arvid Jullander – bass
Simon Andersson – drums
Finnish jazz singer and composer Sanna Ruohoniemi has a band with Swedish musicians, and as a unit the quartet interprets contemporary sounds with both force and finesse. They have their musical roots in traditional jazz, with influences from Nordic folk music and free improvisation. This combo catch the attention of the listeners with playfulness and catchy melodies, with profound lyrics and Ruohoniemi´s mesmerizing voice on top.
IDA BANG & THE BLUE TEARS
Ida Bang – vocals
John Bernström – guitar
Leo Henriksson – guitar
Patrik Engström – bass
Leo Sund – drums
Female musicians are an integral part of Kalottjazz & Blues Festival. This year, singer Ida Bang enters our blues stage together with her mates in The Blue Tears and together they won the first edition of Swedish Blues Challenge in 2015.
Praised by critics, Ida and The Blue Tears are an award-winning combo with a sound totally their own, with a healthy respect for blues roots.
The band caused a stir with their performance at European Blues Challenge in Italy 2016 and are now in demand throughout the whole continent.
Bang has a big voice and sings with natural power and emotion. Among the musical role models, we find people like Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes.
Aili Ikonen – vocals
Mikko Pellinen – bass
Janne Toivonen – trumpet
William Suvanne – saxophone, flute
Tuomas J. Turunen – piano
Mikko Arlin – drums
Aili Ikonen is one of the most prominent and popular singers in Finland, and released her latest album last autumn. The record displays a more sensitive and personal side of Ikonen, with tales of fleeting moments, intense thirst and colors dissolved in water. The songs are captivating and enchanting, full of nuances and ethereal sounds. The tunes are derived from observations and situations in all walks of life – quiet happiness, longing for carefree adolescence and the fulfillment of love.
The album is a brave step in a new direction, in both Ikonen’s career and Finnish vocal jazz in general.
Örjan Mäki – lead vocals, lead guitar
Johan Mäki – guitar, backing vocals
Daniel Engström – bass, backing vocals
Zacharias Ahlvik – drums
For Scandinavian audiences, Örjan Mäki is primarily known as lead guitarist in Willy Clay Band, and a respected instrumentalist at that. He has toured incessantly, with artists such as Chip Taylor and Doug Seegers. Now he fronts is own band Favorite Hippies, a combo with two albums already on their cv – Sidekick Stories and Love is Hard. In terms of musical style, the band moves in earthy territories of rock, Americana, blues and country. Fans of seventies Rolling Stones will feel right at home.
JUKKA LAMMINEN & SWING POPPERS
Jukka Lamminen – vocals
Julia Lamminen – bass
Julius Rantala – drums
Mika Mustonen – guitar
Singer slash guitarist Jukka Lamminen lives and works in Tornio, but frequently tours Finland and plays at various venues in different constellations. During the Kalottjazz, Lamminen plays at the Åström barn with his band Swinging Poppers. This is a brand new and picturesque arena in the long story of the festival, still going strong after 35 years. And with Lamminen and Swinging Poppers there are no dull moments – they cater familiar songs with plenty of swing and elegance!
SAVERIO MACCNE & DOUBLE ACE
Saverio Maccne – guitar & vocals
Jaakko Konttila – bass
Jeremia Kangas – drums
Saverio Maccne is an Argentinian blues- and rock guitarist, vocalist and composer. He sports a raw and earthy sound, but with control and a competent technique. Maccne´s blues is intense and electric – a sharp expression where his soul is fed directly into the amplifier.
Maccne started playing at the age of 14, often in the tobacco fumes of the pubs in his home town Buenos Aires. Beyond countless blues gigs, he has played with celebrated jazz musicians and also worked as a side-man in other genres. At the Blues Night of the festival he plays with a trio called Double Ace.
ANNA JÄRVINEN DUO
Anna Järvinen – vocals, harmonica
Fredrik Swahn – piano, guitar, vocals
Singer and composer Anna Järvinen was elected Sweden Finn of the year in 2016, and has been called the most original and talented artist in the country in Swedish media. She has released several Grammy-nominated albums and is frequently in the public eye in both Sweden and her native Finland. Anna´s voice can be described as both strong and fragile. Her interpretations takes the listener into a dream-like landscape where her both languages can roam.
EBBOT LUNDBERG & THE INDIGO CHILDREN
Ebbot Lundberg – vocals
Elias Jungqvist – keyboards, backing vocals
Anton Fernandez – drums
Joacim Nilsson – bass
Johan Nilsson – guitar
Oskar Nylén – guitar
Indie icon Ebbot Lundberg launched an international career with the bands Union Carbide Productions and Soundtrack of Our Lives. The latter was nominated for an American Grammy with the album Behind the Music in 2003. Prime time American TV-performances on David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O´Brien followed. Nowadays, kaftan-clad Lundberg tours with his group Indigo Children, speaking directly to the listener with soft songs in his deep voice. We sincerely welcome a second cousin of jazz to our 35th edition of Kalottjazz & Blues Festival!
Diandra Flores – vocals, violin
Jasmin Mönkkönen – violin
Deirdre Flores – background vocals
Lassi Salin – piano, cajon drums, guitar, vocals
Diandra Flores started her musical journey at a tender age. She took up the violin at six, won her first singing contest at ten and dominated the Finnish Idols show at seventeen. The dailies wrote that she was so far ahead of her competitors that there was no point in continuing the show that season. Diandra has a broad palette and a full-bodied voice. To go with that, warmth and a fatal charm.
Flores thinks of music in terms of colors. – Music is a painting that see inside my head, she explains.
With her violin and her orchestra she provides musical extravagance in Alatornio Church during the concert known as Summer Light Music.
DÖLERUD JOHANSSON KVINTETT
Dan Johansson – trumpet
Magnus Dölerud – saxophone
Joel Lyssarides – piano
Palle Danielsson – bass
Fredrik Rundqvist – drums
Sax man Magnus Dölerud and trumpet player Dan Johansson crossed paths for the first time in Håkan Broström´s big band New Places Orchestra.
They subsequently formed a smaller combo together, augmented by some of the finest jazz players in the country. This collective has engaged in high quality projects and collaborations both at home and on an international circuit.
Currently, the quintet sports a repertoire with a healthy balance between standards and original material. Communication is a key word, both within the collective and in relation to the audience.
LAPPIA JAZZ QUARTET
Riitta Maijanen – vocals
Sami Köngäs – guitar
Matti Väätäjä – bass
Tomi Raikaslehto – drums
Open air concerts during the Kalottjazz & Bluesfestival are as a rule arranged with the help of music students. The idea is to provide the coming men and women with an opportunity to work with professional staff and equipment. And to get a chance to learn from music business veterans.
This year, Lappia Jazz Quartet from the pop- and jazz conservatory in Tornio will have a chance to prove themselves in the surroundings.
The quartet plays both new and old songs, all with a jazzy touch. The repertoire is family friendly, with an appeal for both young and old.
Lappia Jazz Quartet will perform traditional jazz standards as well as songs from other genres, sung in both Finnish and English.