JuurJuhla - RotFest 2021

5.-10.4.2021 (JuuriJuhla-RotFest 2021 program updated! Due to Covid19, foreign performers replaced by top finnish bands)

Artists

Värttinä & Paleface

 Värttinä is Finland’s most successful contemporary folk music group. Värttinä’s roots are in the Karelia region of Finland, specifically women’s vocal traditions and ancient poems known as runos.
Fronted by three female singers and supported by virtuosic acoustic musicians, Värttinä composes most of their music and lyrics, based on traditional Karelian and other Finno-Ugric styles but with modern and thoroughly distinctive and original arrangements.
Since 1990, Värttinä has toured internationally and built a solid reputation as one the most inventive and uncompromising ensembles in the contemporary world music arena.Paleface, or Karri Miettinen, is again a mammoth and verbal genius of the Finnish hip-hop scene, who in recent years has produced more echoes from the world of protest songs. Paleface, in his own way, is a poetry singer of today, who has drawn on his lyrics history from the past, and with his sharp pen has also boldly touched the pain points of society.In JuuriJuhla-RotFest, the ironic and boisterous musicians of Värttinä rise to the same stage with Paleface. The public is allowed to wait for the verbal and musical fireworks with sweat flow and attitude!
www.varttina.com, www.facebook.com/PalefaceOfficial

VILDÁ

VILDÁ is an original blend of mystical joiks, grooving rhythms and improvisation. Inspiration has been sought from Samí people’s strong connection to nature, Nordic folk music and present-day popular music. The result is a unique soundscape that takes the listener to a fascinating journey to the Sámi land, the wild and vast landscapes under the arctic hills and frosty winds – with a girly charm.

VILDÁ is one of the winners of Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2021.

Hildá Länsman (Lapland/Finland) – vocals, frame drum
Viivi Maria Saarenkylä (Finland) – accordion, live effects

Pekko Käppi K:H:H:L

 

Skulls, Skins, and Men’s Linen Summer Dresses – Pekko Käppi & K: H: H: L is a band that verifies mystical folk tales with its cigar box guitars and bowed lyre.

Folk music, mysticism and pop culture come together in a very personal way in how the band is handled, and when Käp picks up his yarrow, you can sense the magic in the air.

The band’s expression revolves around Finnish voodoo in a paranoid world, taking the listener with their bones in the middle of a multi-directional present moment, stretching reality to the haunting landscapes of a deceptive and unreliable human mind. The sound of Pekko Käppi & Q: H: H: L creates paintings and pictures of men in white linen summer dresses, glimpsing forever in the birch cache under skulls and skins.

The blazing Tampere of the Civil War, the sun too bright for the bustling present, the horror stories of a pond monster tormenting youth, the mysteries of the universe of polarities extinguished through psychosis, the most wise Matilda of the universe. From man to wilderness and from wilderness to eternity.

The band’s production has been praised by critics and audiences alike, with numerous national and international prize nominations!


 

Ensemble Gamut!

 

Ensemble Gamut! is a fresh, experimental collective of early music and folk music specialists, who are constantly searching for new ways to perform early music. They combine historical instruments and electronics in an innovative way, and have created their own unique world of sounds using medieval and renaissance music, Finnish folk tunes, improvisation and modern soundscapes.

The name of the ensemble is derived from medieval music theory (Guido of Arezzo), but also means a colour reproduction, a subset of colours. Kamut means “friends” in Finnish, and the word Kamu is also a shorthand way to refer to Finnish folk music (kansanmusiikki).

Their debut album, UT was released on 4 December 2020 on Eclipse Music. The title refers to the Swedish word for being outside, going out, or being without someone (utanför), as well as being the first note of the scale. Gamut – Gamma ut!

Aino Peltomaa, vocals, medieval harp, percussion
Ilkka Heinonen, bowed lyre, tenorgamba, G-violone
Juho Myllylä, recorders, electronics
Marianna Henriksson, cembalo

ensemblegamut.com

Juurakko

 Juurakko serves a delightful combination of Finnish and Afro-American roots music with vivid storytelling and rakish skiffle spirit. Highly skilled a cappella blues singing in Finnish is combined with exotic instruments like the kantele, the harmonium, the bowed lyre, the cigar box guitar, a coffee mug and a suitcase. The music of Juurakko invites you to a waltz with an old sailor, takes you to an island of unwanted people and brings earthy echoes from the Deep South.

Laura Kaartinen: vocals, harmonium, percussion
Minsku Tammela: vocals, bowed lyre, comb, Jew’s harp, percussion
Anna Wiksten: vocals, plankku, percussion
Eija Kankaanranta: kantele
Kaisa Saarikorpi: vocals, cigar box instruments, guitars, percussion
www.juurakkoband.fi

Aspö spelmän

 

Aspö is a small musical island in the Archipelago Sea. Aspö spelmän brings a breeze from Aspo to JuuriJuhla-RotFest. Music has been played on the island of Aspo for a long time, even today it is passed down from generation to generation.

The core of Aspö spelmän is the Johansson family, Tore, Bruno, Markus and Johan.


 

 

 

 

Maria Kalaniemi & Pekka Pentikäinen

 

Maria Kalaniemi and Pekka Pentikäinen are both Espoo-based accordion professionals, whose heart lies in the Archipelago. At the JuuriJuhla-RotFest, they interpret the compositions of Anna Danielsson, a Brunskär artist, on the Archipelago Evening.

Maria Kalaniemi is an artist who has developed her very personal expression in many styles of music, and has become one of the most respected musicians in our country. The lyrically sensitive and intense playing style created by Kalaniemi has gained a loyal audience around the world. Her playing style is aptly described as a Finnish accordion fado.

Pekka Pentikäinen is one of the leading figures in Finnish folk and entertainment music. Pekka is best known for playing the 2- and 5-string accordion, as well as being the artistic director and conductor of the Espoon pelimannit.


Kimmo Pohjonen UZone

 “A few years ago, I got frustrated with making my own music, got bored with myself, and thought I’d rather stop playing than continue on this path. “

Modifying the sound of the accordion, and thus seeking new colors, has been an important source for Kimmo Pohjonen in both composing and playing for the past 30 years.

Now he wanted to bring out the accordion as an increasingly electronic machine that produces texture, rhythm and masses, controls synths and effects, and moves sound in space as well. The accordion produces several layers, melody, harmony and rhythm as a live playing simultaneously. All layers of sound are created by real-time playing, here and now.

During this process, the idea also arose that he could control the visuals by playing. In addition to sound, the soul of the accordion, the bellows, and the keyboard’s controls control the image and lights. As a musician, he communicates with visuals, and when music is made, layers of images are created.

Composition and performance of music: Kimmo Pohjonen
Sound design: Tuomas Norvio
Visual design: Mikko Linnavuori

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Program

5.-10.4.2021

Mo 5.4.2021 at 19 Ensemble Gamut! Livestream

Medieval music meets folk music.

Ensemble Gamut! is a fresh, experimental collective of early music and folk music specialists, who are constantly searching for new ways to perform early music. They combine historical instruments and electronics in an innovative way, and have created their own unique world of sounds using medieval and renaissance music, Finnish folk tunes, improvisation and modern soundscapes.

Record release concert! Their debut album, UT was released on 4 December 2020.

The free concert will be streamed live, and will be shown for 7 days.

Free admission.

Link to the consert: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ6sHM3BNjo
Livestream from Espoo Lutheran Church

 

 

WED 7.4.2021 at 19 Aspö spelmän, Maria Kalaniemi & Pekka Pentikäinen. Livestream

Island breezes from Aspo and Brunskär!
The documentary Aspö – Musical Island takes the audience on a visit to Aspo Island. Maria Kalaniemi and Pekka Pentikäinen play tunes from Brunskär. The music is composed by Anna Danielsson.
Aspö spelmän plays at the end of the evening. Aspö is a small musical island in the Archipelago Sea. Aspö spelmän brings a breeze from Aspo to JuuriJuhla-RotFest. Music has been played on the island of Aspo for a long time, even today it is passed down from generation to generation.

Free entry! The concert can be seen for 7 days.

The free concert will be streamed live.
Link to consert: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a9cfn4dU7Y

Livestream from Thorstorp

THU 8.4.2021 at 19 Paleface & Värttinä. Livestream

Värttina is one of our most internationally known bands. Värttinä, one of the top names in world music, creates stories for listeners about the past and the present, utilizing the Karelian singing and fiddling tradition in their music.

Paleface  (Karri Miettinen)  is the mammoth and verbal genius of the Finnish hip-hop scene, who in recent years has taken on more and more echoes from the world of protest songs and boldly pushed the pain points of society with his sharp pen.

When Värttinä’s musicians take the same stage as Paleface, the audience is allowed to wait for verbal and musical fireworks!

Livestream 10 € + delivery fee (from 1 €), Lippupiste, https://www.lippu.fi/artist/juurijuhla/

The duration of the concert is about 60 minutes.
The concert can be seen for 7 days.

Live Streaming from Sello Hall

www.varttina.com
www.facebook.com/PalefaceOfficial

JuuriJuhla’s concerts in Cello Hall turned into live streams. With a ticket purchased for hall concerts, you can watch all JuuriJuhla streams. Return of ticket money by March 28, 2021: https://web.lippu.fi/palautus/). If you have not applied for a refund of your ticket money by the deadline, you will receive a separate email in early April with instructions on how to watch live streams.

If you would like to attend the livestream concerts but have not provided your email address when purchasing your ticket, you can submit it on March 28th. by: 010 633 1030 or customerservice@lippu.fi. In your message, mention the subscriber’s name, order number and e-mail address to which you wish the streaming tickets to be delivered.


FRI 9.4.2021 at 19 Pekko Käppi solo, Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L

Sparkling Jouhikko magic!

VILDA’s concert canceled due to illness. In its place, Pekko Käppi will perform as a soloist: man, jouhikko and voice.

Pekko Käppi is a visionary Finnish folk music composer, singer and jouhikko player. His oeuvre revolutionised the standards of playing the ancient Finnish instrument jouhikko, a bowed lyre, by plugging it into an amplifier and various other ass-backwards places. He then incorporated elements from blues and rock and experimental archaic chaos. These melodic sticks and rhythmic stones send shivers down them bones and his singing just might hurt you.

Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L is a band that verifies mystical folk tales with their cigar box guitars and string guitars at this time. Folk music, mysticism and popular culture meet in a special, personal way in the band’s handling, and as Käppi conjures up his magic, you can sense magic from the air. The band’s production has been praised by both critics and the public, as evidenced by the numerous national and international award nominations!

Livestream 10 € + delivery fee (from 1 €), Lippupiste, https://www.lippu.fi/artist/juurijuhla/

 The concert can be seen for 7 days.

JuuriJuhla’s concerts in the Sello Hall will become live streams. In addition, there are changes in the program, because due to the corona, foreign performers have had to be replaced by Finns.

Livestream from Sello Hall

www.pekkokappi.com

 


SAT 10.4.2021 at 18 Kimmo Pohjonen UZone, Juurakko livestream

Kimmo Pohjonen UZone! Modifying the sound of the accordion, and thus seeking new colors, has been an important source for Kimmo Pohjonen in both composing and playing for the past 30 years. Now he wanted to bring out the accordion as an increasingly electronic machine.

Juurakko crosses blues singing and traditional Finnish instruments with a strong skiffle attitude.

Livestream 10 € + delivery fee (from 1 €), Lippupiste, https://www.lippu.fi/artist/juurijuhla/

Concert duration 2 h (incl. Intermission)

Livestream from Sello Hall. The concert can be seen for 7 days.

www.juurakkoband.fi
kimmopohjonen.com