ARTISTS

The Ylläs Jazz Blues 2020 program will be completed in the fall of 2019. Changes are possible

I Think You Are Awesome (DK)

I Think You Are Awesome (DK)

Tower Jazz, sat 25th of Jan at 7pm / Selvä Pyy sun 26th of Jan at 9pm

“…The Next Big Thing in Danish jazz!“-Niels Overgaard, Jazznyt (DK) Few bands in Danish jazz have made themselves as noticed in recent years as I Think You’re Awesome.

With bassist and composer Jens Mikkel Madsen as frontman, the sextet is drawing inspiration fromeverything betweenplayful African rhythms, Nordic folk, European improvisationand American songwriting traditions.The result is a refreshing and critically acclaimed sound, referredtoby the band as indiejazz.

Dreamy, floaty and in beautiful harmony, I Think You’re Awesome effortlessly moves around in an evocative musical universe with the interplay as focal point, as they tellcaptivating instrumental stories about everything from books to soccer, memories of the youth and the safety of the community.

In 2019 the band can celebrate their 10-year anniversary. Since their formation, quite a lot has happen: they have been nominated for Danish Music Awards Jazz, had almost 300.000 streams on Spotify, played sold-out concerts around the country and received the honourable JazzNyt Prize for their releases ‘Books’ and ‘Books Live’. They even had the chance to perform with the Danish trad-jazz legend Ole ‘Fessor’ Lindgren at the nationally broadcasted ‘P8 Jazz Alive’. In other words, there’s plenty to celebrate for the six young menin the indiejazz sextet.

In 2018 the album ’Kiss Your Darlings’ was released, and once again showcased new perspectives of the music and the musicians, who have shared their musical upbringing and thorugh recent years -individually as well as in the band -have marked themselves as some of the most interesting musicians in Denmark these years.

Line-up: Jens Mikkel Madsen (bs), Alex Jønsson (gtr), Morten Kærup (gtr/banjo), Lars Fiil (keys), Frej Lesner (perc/electronics), Andreas Skamby (drm)

Viitasen Piia

Viitasen Piia

Navettagalleria fri 24th of Jan at 1pm / Kappeli sat 25th of Jan at 5pm

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Steve´n Seagulls

Steve´n Seagulls

Äkäshotelli sat 25th of Jan at 9pm

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Fabrice Falandry (FRA) & Wille Mehto (FIN) Duo

Fabrice Falandry (FRA) & Wille Mehto (FIN) Duo

Poro, fri 24th of Jan at 19 / Well, sat 25th of Jan at 19


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Eero Raittinen & Knuclebone Oscar Blues Band

Eero Raittinen & Knuclebone Oscar Blues Band

Äkäshotelli 23th of Jan at 9pm

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Vesterinen yhtyeineen

Vesterinen yhtyeineen

Äkäshotelli fri 24th of Jan at 9pm

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Hoedown

Hoedown

Äkäshotelli fri 24th of Jan at 9pm

Hoedown, founded by Mika Kuokkanen and Masa Maijanen, played their first gig at the Art Goes to Kapakka – happening in 2002. Esa Kaartamo and Olli Haavisto joined the band that night as special guests. The chemistry worked and it was natural for them to join the Hoedown. Seven musicians had found the joy of making music together. The story of the Hoedown was ready to begin.

The musical roots of Hoedown are a natural and free mix of american roots styles: country, rock’n’roll, folk and blues. On record and live you’ll hear songs by, for example, Little Feat, The Band, Hank Williams and Kasey Chambers, in addition to originals firmly rooted in the band’s chosen styles.

Lanai

Lanai

Selvä Pyy, sat 25th of Jan at 2pm / TBA

Lanai is the folk extravaganza of Finnish musicians Petri Kuusela (1990) and Tanja Torvikoski (1986) where rootsy, American singer-songwriter and folk music tradition meets wide, northern soundscapes.

Both born and raised in the northern port city of Oulu, the pair circled their shared hometown for years before actually meeting. They were following their own musical paths that seemed to be veering towards session musicianship and/or solo careers. However, from the moment they first played together, it didn’t take long for a driving duo to take shape. Kuusela’s virtuous guitar playing and Torvikoski’s haunting singing voice make up a musical conversation that is the foundation of their songwriting as well as live dynamics. Topped with vocal harmonies and thoughtfully weaved arrangements Lanai’s live performances make an evocative and even meditative experience.

The kinship shared towards the songwriting tradition and aesthetics has served as a common language and a compass amid the abundance of their musical influences. This pull in the same direction became the guideline for the record which, regardless of the melancholic undercurrent, bears a strong sense of hope.

Marjo Leinonen & PubliCans

Marjo Leinonen & PubliCans

Selvä Pyy 24th of Jan at 9pm

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Hilland County Bluegrass Band

Hilland County Bluegrass Band

Tower Jazz, fri 24th of Jan at 3:30pm / Äkäshotelli sat 25th of Jan at 9pm

The Hilland County Bluegrass Band is composed of five Finnish string virtuosos of international level. Their repertoire consists of both modern and traditional bluegrass as well as other American folk pieces.

Janne Viksten: banjo
Nelli Ikola-Heiska: fiddle&voc
Elina Lappalainen: double bass&voc
Pauli Halme: guitar&voc
Antti Vuorenmaa: mandolin&voc.
Sampo Lassila Narinkka

Sampo Lassila Narinkka

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Pauli Halme & Antti Vuorenmaa

Pauli Halme & Antti Vuorenmaa

Rouhe, thu 23th of Jan at 5pm

Pauli Halme (guitar) and Antti Vuorenmaa (mandolin) are known for their work on their Hilland Records -company and the legendary weekly Hilland Mondays live country music club in Helsinki. On their duo performances you might hear anything from classic bluegrass and country songs to their original tunes.

 

Mika Kuokkanen

Mika Kuokkanen

Velhon kota sat 25th of Jan at 1pm

Mika Kuokkanen is known for his work with the Hoedown band, one of the Finland`s roots music`s most precious gems. Besides Hoedown Kuokkanen has worked as a solo artist ( KKANE) and as  a musician for many of the top artists in Finland ( J.Karjalainen, Edu Kettunen, Mikko Kuustonen, Erin, Maarit etc. ) during his relatively long career.  At the moment he has also an honour to be part of the legendary Broadcast band.  Besides his solo gig Mika will perform twice at the Jazz & Blues festival with his band Hoedown

Mika`s solo gig consists of a mixture of his own songs and his favorite cover songs that he has arranged love and care!

Jere Ijäs

Jere Ijäs

Rouhe, fri 24th of Jan at 5pm

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Jere Haakana Varjosto

Jere Haakana Varjosto

Tower Jazz, fri 24th at 19

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Frim-Fram Duo

Frim-Fram Duo

Paikka: TBA / Aika: TBA

Human stories of everyday life, conflicts, love, good times… Told by means of inspiring and groovy music.

Frim-Fram plays versatile and swinging blues with a capturing touch. In the repertoire of this ensemble that sounds bigger than it’s actual size there are both stylish originals and cover-classics. Two vocalists, saxophone, guitar, stompbox and a harp guarantee an exceptionally solid groove that makes the audience to enjoy and dance!

Juki, who has also been named Finlands best male jazz vocalist, plays also guitar, rough blues harp, and stompbox. Saxophonist Sirpa, who has a sound palette that reaches from soft smokey to rootsy growl is also the second lead vocalist and background vocalist.

Juki Välipakka: Vocals/ guitar/ harp/ stompbox
Sirpa Suomalainen: Saxophone