RotFest 2019

5.-13.4.2019

Artists

Baltic Crossing

Baltic Crossing is a Finnish/Danish/British folk music ensemble founded about 15 years ago. The quintet is famous for their crazily entertaining shows where they open-mindedly and seamlessly mix Western European traditional music styles with a plethora of other musical influences. They have managed to carve a niche of their own in the European folk music scene and now they are celebrating their 15th Anniversary with a tour that spans e.g. all their three homelands. Baltic Crossing has been featured on five recordings and to celebrate their anniversary they are cutting a new record this year.

Baltic Crossing use their strong affinity for old dance music and respect for each other’s traditions to bring a new youthful energy to the folk music of Europe. Wherever they meet, at least one must cross the Baltic Sea.

With award-winning members hailing from the UK, Finland and Denmark, Baltic Crossing bring you fiery Scandinavian fiddles, bubbling Northumbrian pipes and a driving guitar and double bass rhythm section.

The band:
Ian Stephenson [UK]: guitar & button accordion
Andy May [UK]: Northumbrian bagpipes & piano
Esko Järvelä [FI]: five-stringed violin
Antti Järvelä [FI]: mandolin & double bass
Kristian Bugge [DK]: violin

balticcrossing.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.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 

Alash

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, the Alash musicians studied at Kyzyl Arts College just as Tuva was beginning to open up to the West. They formed a traditional ensemble and won multiple awards for traditional throat singing in international xöömei competitions, both as an ensemble and as individuals. At the same time, they paid close attention to new trends coming out of the West. They have borrowed new ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, but they have never sacrificed the integrity of their own heritage in an effort to make their music more hip.

 

Bady-Dorzhu Ondar: vocals, throat singing, igil, guitar
Ayan-ool Sam: vocals, throat singing, doshpulur, igil, guitar
Ayan Shirizhik: vocals, percussions, flutes and mouth harp

 

Kimmo Pohjonen Skin

Formed in 2015 around the album Sensitive Skin. The trio performs music from the album plus additional material with focus on atmospheric excursions of accordion, electronics, guitar and percussion. Bookings for 2016-2018 include Finland, Germany, UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Germany, FMM, Sines Portugal and WOMAD UK.

Kimmo Pohjonen – accordion, electronics, voice
Inka Pohjonen – guitar, electronics, vocals
Saana Pohjonen – drums, vocals

kimmopohjonen.com


Kimmo Pohjonen Skin

Formed in 2015 around the album Sensitive Skin. The trio performs music from the album plus additional material with focus on atmospheric excursions of accordion, electronics, guitar and percussion. Bookings for 2016-2018 include Finland, Germany, UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Germany, FMM, Sines Portugal and WOMAD UK.

Kimmo Pohjonen – accordion, electronics, voice
Inka Pohjonen – guitar, electronics, vocals
Saana Pohjonen – drums, vocals

kimmopohjonen.com


Enkel

Awarded with Finnish Folk Music Album of the Year award with both of their albums this far, ENKEL are a keen and bubbly spelman – or rather, a spel-girl – band whose superpower is tradition. The band was founded in an ad lib jam on an airfield in 2013. Their repertoire consists of traditional hundred year old hits and their own compositions, firmly rooted in the Finnish folk music rhythms. Their musical themes blanket everything from countryside romanticism to love songs both verbal and non-verbal, not to mention Karelian folk dance tradition and sweat-drenched skiing contests…

The band:
Leija Lautamaja: diatonic accordion, vocals
Miia Palomäki: diatonic accordion, vocals
Maija Pokela: kantele, vocals
Iida Savolainen: alto violin, vocals

www.enkelband.com


Curly Strings

Raw acoustic energy and hauntingly beautiful melodies from Estonia – Curly Strings is a four-piece band performing original compositions that draw its inspiration from American acoustic music and their personal heritage in the current Estonian cultural space. Intense and playful ensemble work paired with a sincere presentation of their music forms the main basis of Curly Strings’ soundscape. The band’s rise in the Estonian music scene in 2013 was a phenomenon unlike any other: a folk music artist became mainstream by collecting national music awards and being the top seller in music stores for more than a year. They bring their unique Baltic take to the acoustic music world in combining the familiar with the unfamiliar, having catchy heartfelt songwriting side-by-side with folk music aesthetics, making them an exciting act to look out for.

 

Curly Strings

Raw acoustic energy and hauntingly beautiful melodies from Estonia – Curly Strings is a four-piece band performing original compositions that draw its inspiration from American acoustic music and their personal heritage in the current Estonian cultural space. Intense and playful ensemble work paired with a sincere presentation of their music forms the main basis of Curly Strings’ soundscape. The band’s rise in the Estonian music scene in 2013 was a phenomenon unlike any other: a folk music artist became mainstream by collecting national music awards and being the top seller in music stores for more than a year. They bring their unique Baltic take to the acoustic music world in combining the familiar with the unfamiliar, having catchy heartfelt songwriting side-by-side with folk music aesthetics, making them an exciting act to look out for.

 

MäSä-Duo

MäSä-Duo is duo consisting of Kyösti Järvelä and Lauri Kotamäki, who boldly combine new Ostrobothnian tradition with the old.  Kyösti Järvelä, who was born in the Finnish folk music hotbed of Kaustinen, plays some tight fiddle joining the rhythmic accordion chops of Lauri Kotamäki, who hails from Lapua, an Ostrobothnian cultural focal point. These men play and sing with dare and danger, just like the spelmans from the days of yore.  Their repertoire consists of songs passed on by the masters of the tradition like reigenlieds, couplets, spelman songs and potpourris.

Kyösti Järvelä: violin
Lauri Kotamäki: accordions

 

Solju

 

Solju was formed by Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman, who combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as joik, with a fascination for new and innovative music. Solju provides a dialogue of traditional and modern Sámi culture. Solju is proud of their indigenous roots and want to show it to the world. Sámi culture and identity lie at the heart of the music, reflecting mythology and aspects of the traditional lifestyles of their homeland. The listener is taken to the far north of Europe: Sápmi.
Solju’s soundscape ranges from the expansive wilderness of the tundra to the most intimate lávvu fireplace. The music can be described as vivacious, colourful, earthy, ethereal and genuine.
Ođđa Áigodat, the debut album from Solju, was released April 26, 2018 and spent over five months in the Transglobal World Music Chart.
Solju’s live performance features the front line dynamic performance of mother and daughter, showing and communicating the Sámi culture and everyday life in Lapland. Ulla and Hilda are dressed with their self-made traditional Sámi costumes. Behind them are two musicians mixing a modern range of soundscapes using acoustic, electric and melodic percussions by Teho Majamäki, known primarily for his work with Ismo Alanko, and the synths of Janne Burton Puurtinen who, before Solju, was a member of the internationally well-known band HIM.

 

Hildá Länsman – vocals, yoik
Ulla Pirttijärvi – vocals, yoik
Teho Majamäki – percussions
Janne Puurtinen – keyboards

 

Solju

Solju was formed by Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman, who combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as joik, with a fascination for new and innovative music. Solju provides a dialogue of traditional and modern Sámi culture. Solju is proud of their indigenous roots and want to show it to the world. Sámi culture and identity lie at the heart of the music, reflecting mythology and aspects of the traditional lifestyles of their homeland. The listener is taken to the far north of Europe: Sápmi.

Solju’s soundscape ranges from the expansive wilderness of the tundra to the most intimate lávvu fireplace. The music can be described as vivacious, colourful, earthy, ethereal and genuine.

Ođđa Áigodat, the debut album from Solju, was released April 26, 2018 and spent over five months in the Transglobal World Music Chart.

 Hildá Länsman – vocals, yoik
Ulla Pirttijärvi – vocals, yoik
Teho Majamäki – percussions
Janne Puurtinen – keyboards


Tuuletar

Tuuletar’s virtuoso singers use only their voices to create a vivid and unique sonic landscape, where beatbox rhythms meet Finnish folk tradition and global influences. Tuuletar is about edgy beats, fierce energy, strong visual presence and other-worldly harmonies.

Tuuletar (“Goddess of The Wind” in Finnish Mythology) is a vocal performance group, consisting of four diverse women from Finland. Since 2012 these vibrant musicians have been singing, composing and performing together, creating their own and unique sound and identity.
Tuuletar is taking Finnish musical tradition abroad with a novel approach. The band’s virtuoso singers use only their voices to create a vivid sonic landscape, where beatbox rhythms meet Finnish folk tradition and global influences. With their freshly invigorating original music, they are pioneering the genre of Vocal Folk Hop, enchanting audiences globally with their heartfelt, tribal and captivating spirit.

Tuuletar released their highly appreciated debut album “Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal” (On Fire and Earth, In Water and Sky) in June 2016. The album rose right away to the Top 10 in European World Music Charts as well as Transglobal World Music Charts. The album has received raging reviews and has been playlisted on radio shows all around the world.
tuuletar.com

 

Gjermund Larsen Trio

 

 Gjermund Larsen enjoys a position as one of the most respected and active performers and composers on the contemporary Norwegian folk music scene. The Norwegian State Academy educated fiddler and composer has received several prices for his music. In 2002 he became the youngest fiddler ever to win the Norwegian Championship in traditional folk-fiddling, and in 2011 he was nominated for the Grammy Awards in the category “small ensemble performance” together with the Trondheim Soloists.
The Finns got to know him as a musician in Frigg. The band started as a Finnish-Norwegian band. He was on the Frigg´s albums Figg (2002), Oasis (2005), Live (2007) and Economy Class (2008).
Larsen’s proper debut as a composer came in the form of the work ‘Brytningstid’ which was commissioned by the Telemark Festival in 2006. The majority of the work is devoted to new, contemporary and original folk music which draws inspiration from the local dance music traditions of the Verdal area in the Trøndelag region. Double bassist Sondre Meisfjord and pianist/organist Andreas Utnem were featured at the premiere of Brytningstid and the three have continued the fruitful collaboration to date. The three band members represent a wide range of genres ranging from classical and contemporary to jazz and pop as well as traditional folk music – a diverse background that results in a highly aesthetic and rewarding sonic landscape. 
In 2008 they received the Norwegian Grammy for their debut-album “Ankomst”, and their second album “Aurum” (2010), was nominated in two categories. Their third album Reise, was released in March 2013 and fourth album Salmeklang (2016).

 

 

 

Arnie Alligator

Arnie Alligator & The Jungle Drum is a band playing music for kids. Our first single is called Arnie Alligator. The warm sounds of acoustic guitar, bass and acoustic drums is the core of most of our tracks. Inspired by pop, rock, reggae and ethnic music we play a variety of genres to keep you and us curious. It’s lots of fun to play different styles!  

We play live concerts all the time and hope to play for you some day. So far we’ve been entertaining in the northern countries and hope to explore other parts of the world as well. This is our 12:th year on the music scene and now for the first time, we release a song in English.

We write our music ourselves and are based in Finland among Angry Birds and Moomin trolls. We hope you enjoy what we do and share it with friends!  

On vocals we have Tomas, Marcus plays the guitar and produces the music. Arnie is our show man, sorry alligator, and he bangs on the congas and keeps the audience warm.

 

Maria Kalaniemi & Désirée Saarela 

Songs and music that bring you to this moment, here and now. Music that reaches out to you with stories and feelings that dig deep. Strong tunes and lyrics, music that wants to give you exactly what you need right now, time to feel, to listen and to be. In this duo singer-songwriter Désirée Saarela and the accordion artist Maria Kalaniemi meet in a unique and original musical expression that creates something new. MoD – courage to experience and to go on a journey, and then to realise that you have finally reached your destination, here and now.

Désirée Saarela – vocals, guitar, mandolin
Maria Kalaniemi – accordion

Maria Kalaniemi & Désirée Saarela 

Songs and music that bring you to this moment, here and now. Music that reaches out to you with stories and feelings that dig deep. Strong tunes and lyrics, music that wants to give you exactly what you need right now, time to feel, to listen and to be. In this duo singer-songwriter Désirée Saarela and the accordion artist Maria Kalaniemi meet in a unique and original musical expression that creates something new. MoD – courage to experience and to go on a journey, and then to realise that you have finally reached your destination, here and now.

Désirée Saarela – vocals, guitar, mandolin
Maria Kalaniemi – accordion

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Program

5.-13.4.2019

FRIDAY-SUNDAY 5.-7.4 / Minä soitan harmonikkaa... (I play the accordion) Contest

Accordion playing contest for children and youth organized by accordion teachers, Finnish Accordion Institute and Finnish Accordion Society is now in Espoo! Some of the obligatory contest compositions have been composed by JuuriJuhla’s art director Maria Kalaniemi.
Espoo Cultural Center
Free entrence, program 10 €

sat 6.4. at 18 – Enchantment in Haltia – melodies from the nature: Solju

Enchantment in Haltia – melodies from the nature: Solju
The opening concert of JuuriJuhla. Solju is a band featuring a mother-daughter combination of Ulla Pirttijärvi and Hildá Länsman creating a dialogue between the traditional and modern Sami cultures. The music of Solju combines Sami language and joik with contemporary innovative soundscapes. The concert has an after-party in the Haltia restaurant featuring a jam-session hosted by spelman orchestras from the capital area. Haltia restaurant has prepared dishes especially befitting the Juurijuhla theme.

Concertgoers are treated with a visit to the museum featuring an audio guide for the special price of 7€ at 17:00 to 18:00.

The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, address: Nuuksiontie 84

Tickets 17€/12 € + delivery costs from Lippupiste: www.lippu.fi/juurijuhla
A Kaikukortti event

MA 8.4. at 19 Gjermund Larsen Trio (NO)

Musical magic from the land of the fjords!
Free admission
Espoo Lutheran Church

Tue 9.4. 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

TUE 9.4. at 19 Maria Kalaniemi & Désirée Saarela and Östra Nylands Spelmansgille


Finnish-Swedish evening with dance.
Lagstad Hembygdsgård, address: Vanha Lagstadintie 4
Tickets: 12€/8 € at the door

WED 10.4. at 9.30 Arne Alligator i farten!

A concert for the children of Finnish-Swedish daycare centers and elementary schools.
Musicians feature: Arne Alligator, Macke Granberg and Tomas Nyberg.
Thorstorp, address: Gamla landsvägen 12
Tickets: 5 € at the door. Reservations: susanne.raiha@hotmail.com / juurijuhla@juurijuhla.fi

THU 11.4. at 19 / Tuuletar, MäSä-Duo

Tuuletar, an internationally acclaimed vocal hop band, creates with their voices a resonant and interesting musical journey, where exotic singing techniques, striking beatbox rhythms and a rich overall tone playfully meet and mix. The club side features MäSä-Duo oozing Ostrobothian oomph and energy.

Tickets: 19€/13 € + delivery costs from Lippupiste: www.lippu.fi/juurijuhla
Sello Hall

FRI 12.4. at 19 Kimmo Pohjonen Skin, Alash (Tuva)

Experience the Tuvan throat singing magic and the charisma of Kimmo Pohjonen! See the sovereign shaman of squeezebox Kimmo Pohjonen on stage with his daughters Inka and Saana Pohjonen. The Tuvan masters of throat singing, Alas, visit Finland for the first time ever.

Sello Hall

Tickets: 19€/13 € + delivery costs from Lippupiste: www.lippu.fi/juurijuhla
A Kaikukortti event

Sat 13.4. at 11-17 Pilpatussoitot

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 13.4. at 18 Curly Strings (EE), Baltic Crossing (DK, FIN, GB) and ENKEL

A meeting of the masters of root music! The grand closing concert of JuuriJuhla: bubbly glee, contagious energy and enthralling melodies. See one of the biggest names in Estonian folk music, Curly Strings, in the same concert with the Finnish/Danish/British combo Baltic Crossing celebrating their 15th anniversary with an extensive tour. The club side features the wonder women of Finnish folk music, ENKEL.

Sello Hall

Tickets: 19€/13 € + delivery costs from Lippupiste:  www.lippu.fi/juurijuhla

A Kaikukortti event