JuurJuhla - RotFest 2021

5.-10.4.2021 (JuuriJuhla-RotFest 2020 canceled due to corona virus, program postponed to 2021 as much as possible)

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

Espoon pelimannit & Elina Sauri

Espoon Pelimannit – Esbo Spelmanslag is a light-hearted and presentable spelman orchestra from Espoo, whose groove and musicianship are known widely outside the capital area. The band is especially popular as the dance orchestra for a wide spectrum of events. The artistic direction and quality of the band are firmly held in the capable hands of Master of Music, Pekka Pentikäinen.

The soloist for Espoon pelimannit is Elina Sauri, a singer with 30+ years of experience from stages of all shapes and sizes.  Sauri is a diverse singer who aces schlager, swing and jazz ballads, dance music, Scandinavian singalongs, gospel alike, not to mention bossa nova in Portuguese!.

www.espoonpelimannit.fi
www.elina-sauri.com

Espoon pelimannit & Elina Sauri

Espoon Pelimannit – Esbo Spelmanslag is a light-hearted and presentable spelman orchestra from Espoo, whose groove and musicianship are known widely outside the capital area. The band is especially popular as the dance orchestra for a wide spectrum of events. The artistic direction and quality of the band are firmly held in the capable hands of Master of Music, Pekka Pentikäinen.

The soloist for Espoon pelimannit is Elina Sauri, a singer with 30+ years of experience from stages of all shapes and sizes.  Sauri is a diverse singer who aces schlager, swing and jazz ballads, dance music, Scandinavian singalongs, gospel alike, not to mention bossa nova in Portuguese!.

 

www.espoonpelimannit.fi 
www.elina-sauri.comti 

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!


 

Otava Yo

This russian cult band came together in a spirit of free expression. They bring us a birds eye view of Slavic village life with all it´s madness, passion, party spirit and joie de vivre.

Otava Yo was established in 2003, without any clear plans. The members of the group were already established artists and bursting with ideas. Otava Yo gave them a creative space which they lacked elsewhere. The band take their music making with the utmost seriousness, whilst not taking themselves at all seriously. The musicians are impressively versatile. Use of traditional instruments such as the gusli, zhaleika and fiddle, conjure up age-old folk tunes. Yet the overall effect is described as “russian-gothic rhythm and blues”. Both the band and Festival believe this will be a night for the public to remember…

otava-yo.spb.ru/en/


Puuluup (EE)

Puuluup is a duo – Ramo Teder and Marko Veisson.

A pinch of surrealism, modern folklore and talharpa revival! The old and the new stick together like water and sleet in Puuluup’s oeuvre. The instruments – talharpas – represent tradition and folklore. The characteristically susurrus sounds of these instruments are sent through effect blocks and a looper. The lyrics and melodies are a mixture of our musical memories and improvisation.

Inspiration is often drawn from leiks from Vormsi, Finnish bowed lyre repertoire, Sahel’s blues, chastushkas and other elements from the musical traditions from around the world. All kinds of random sources of inspiration are similarly important – unexpected excerpts from Polish TV series, old Estonian punk and sweetbread from Vormsi Island.

As a side dish, when giving live concerts they also offer choreographic flittering which emerged on its own during the numerous days these two man spent in the rehearsal rooms


Vesselil (DK)

Vesselil is a new, modern folk string trio from Denmark consisting of violin, viola, cello andvocals. Their repertoire consists of a versatile and elegant mixture of old Nordic folk songs,dance tunes, own compositions and elements of improvisation. With an unusual presenceand devotion to the music and vivid and creative arrangements that transport you in and outof filmic sceneries, sizzling dance floors and open skies, the trio has impressed and toucheda wide audience around DK and Germany, counting festivals like Musik Over Præstø Fjord(DK), CPH World Music Festival (DK), folkBALTICA (DE), Tanz & Folk Festival Berlin (DE)and numerous churches, venues and schools around DK.The name Vesselil, taken from an ancient Danish ballad, tells the story about the youngwoman Vesselil, who refuses to sell her dreams and ambitions for gold. With her integrity asinspiration, the trio communicates both the joy, melancholy and the vast borderland inbetween.

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

Halsbrytarna

 

Halsbrytarna is a Finnish-Swedish folk music group from Helsinki region. The band was founded in the autumn of 1973 and has 14 players.

The repertoire consists of Finnish-Swedish, Finnish and Scandinavian tunes and their own compositions. The Halsbrytarna will play dance music and entertain the audience at the end of the evening with their own special fun.

Dont forget to take dance shoes with you!

www.elisanet.fi/martin.gunnar.barlund/hals


 

 

 

 

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.


Raka Bananer

 

Raka Bananer produces Finnish-Swedish world music for children and performs songs on their new album “Bananens Växtvärk”. Music speaks to both adults and children and encourages play, socializing and storytelling. The songs are heavily influenced by West-African music.

Singer-songwriter Linda Sundberg has long experience in children’s culture and is known by children as the presenter of Buu-Klubben on television. Both guitarist Miika Hjorth and percussionist Victoria Lindqvist dominate the African percussion and rhythms from which they have been inspired.

 

 

 

 

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Program

5.-10.4.2021

Mo 5.4.2021 at 19 Duo von Wachenfeldt & Sundkvist (SE)

Barock meets folk music.
Free admission
Espoo Lutheran Church

 

 

Tue 6.4.2021 at 13.30.-15.15 Afternoon Dance. Music by Espoon pelimannit featuring lead vocalist Elina Sauri

Open café – Free admission – Sello Hall foyer

Espoon Pelimannit – Esbo Spelmanslag is a light-hearted and presentable spelman orchestra from Espoo, whose groove and musicianship are known widely outside the capital area. The band is especially popular as the dance orchestra for a wide spectrum of events. The artistic direction and quality of the band are firmly held in the capable hands of Master of Music, Pekka Pentikäinen.

The soloist for Espoon pelimannit is Elina Sauri, a singer with 30+ years of experience from stages of all shapes and sizes.  Sauri is a diverse singer who aces schlager, swing and jazz ballads, dance music, Scandinavian singalongs, gospel alike, not to mention bossa nova in Portuguese!.

www.espoonpelimannit.fi
www.elina-sauri.com

Wed 7.4.2021 at 9.30 Raka Bananer

A concert for the children of Finnish-Swedish daycare centers and elementary schools.
Thorstorp, address: Gamla landsvägen 12
Tickets: 5 € at the door. Reservations: susanne.raiha@hotmail.com

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

Tickets 17/12 € at the door
Thorstorp, address: Gamla landsvägen 12

THU 8.4.2021 at 19 Paleface & Värttinä

Tickets: 25/20 € + delivery costs (1 € at least) from Lippupiste: www.lippu.fi/juurijuhla
Sello Hall

FRI 9.4.2021 at 19 Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L, Puuluup (EE)

Sello Hall

Tickets: 20/15 € + delivery costs (1 eur ore more)  from Lippupiste: www.lippu.fi/juurijuhla
A Kaikukortti event

Sat 10.4.2021 at 11-16.30 Pilpatussoitot (not yeat confirmed 2021)

Espoon Kansanmusiikkikilta (Espoo Folk Music Guild) presents: Pilpatussoitot, an event featuring folk music bands from the capital area.
Library stage at the Iso Omena shopping centre.
Free entry

SAT 10.4.2021 at 18 Otava YO (RU), vesselil (DK), Juurakko, Halsbrytarna

Sello Hall

Tickets: 20€/15 € + delivery costs from Lippupiste:  www.lippu.fi/juurijuhla

A Kaikukortti event