Kaustinen Showcase 2022

 

The already established showcase series of the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival presents forward-looking, rising and internationalizing folk music names. The jury has selected three representative ensembles from among the high-level group of applicants, which as a whole reflect a wide range of aspects of folk music.

Showcase bands will perform at the festival on Friday 15 July.

klo 14.15-15.15, Mondo
Zäpämmät

klo 16.15-17.15, Mondo
Lapua-Uusi-Guinea

klo 18.45-19.45, Mondo
Bergå Folk Project

Zäpämmät

Zäpämmät is a duo of two women performing world music sung in Finnish and taking a stand. The band breaks boundaries with its instrumental choices and combines Finnish folk music with Senegalese, Malian, Afro-Cuban and flamenco musical elements.

The beautiful songs talk about real life and difficult life situations that the listener can identify with. The duo’s philosophy is to highlight silenced voices, the gendered structures of society, and the sheer joy of living.

Line-up
Marjo Smolander – Concert Kantele, Voice
Pauliina Kauppila – Percussion, Voice

Debut Album
Äiti maa 2019

Listen to song called Mummoni (My Grandma) 

Bergå Folk Project

Four musicians, twelve instruments and eight sung languages. The repertoire consists mainly of Trad folk songs from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Italy, the United States and France. In addition to the languages of these countries, the band also performs songs in Occitan, Swedish and Finnish.

Bergå Folk Project sai alkunsa 2019, kun muusikot tekivät yhdessä tilaustyön Helsingin kaupunginorkesterille. Yhtye tähtää paitsi kotimaisille, erityisesti ulkomaisille konserttilavoille ja festivaaleille. Omien sooloprojektiensa ohessa he vaikuttavat tällä hetkellä myös lukuisissa kokoonpanoissa: ENKEL, Mutaveijarit, Akkajee, Ilkka Arola Sound Tagine, Matti Johannes Koivu & Uskomaton Folktrio, UTU, Vesala-Järvelä-Rahmel, ja Improvisaatioteatteri Stella Polaris.

Line-up
Aili Järvelä – Voice, Fiddle, Harmonium
Esko Grundström – Double bass, Accordeon, Kantele´s, Harmonium, Voice
Iida Savolainen – Viola, Fiddle, Jouhikko, Voice
Topi Korhonen – Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonium, Trumpet, Voice

Debut Album
Released on summer 2022

Listen to song called Malorous Qu’o Uno Fenno

Lapua-Uusi-Guinea

Lapua-Uusi-Guinea's compositions and arrangements have been influenced by pop music and jazz. In 2021, the band's debut album Virittää reached the radio in many European countries and the United States.

The performance of the sextet relies on a boisterous folk music tradition and the joy of dancing. In the spring of 2022, Lapua-Uusi_Guinea will continue its Kauas concerts with the female choir Sabrina and the Daughters of Islands.

Line-up
Anna Kinnunen – Fiddle, Voice
Oona Yliperttula – Fiddle, Back vocal
Jenna Hiipakka – Accordeon, Back vocal
Santeri Kaipiainen – Piano, Voice, Compositions, Lyrics, Arrangements
Aapo Nieminen – Guitar
Veli-Matti Silanterä – Double bass

Debut Album
Virittää 2021

Listen to tune called Alphyddan

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