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RAULAND RAMBLES! New CD out of Ånon Egeland, Bruce Molsky & Arto Järvelä!

Aug 25th 2016

A meeting of three masters
A distinctive personal style is a vital aspect of traditional music. True master performers combine a clear rootedness in their tradition with an equally clear capacity for personal expression. To see a meeting of three such masters is a great and rare privilege.
Those of us lucky enough to be at the Rauland International Winter Festi- val in February 2016 witnessed just such an encounter between Ånon Egeland, Arto Järvelä and Bruce Molsky. All th- ree are masters in the sense described above: each in his own tradition, each with his own particular playing style and each – for that matter – with his own characteristic sense of humor.
I had the even greater privilege of spending several days in the studio
with this talented trio, observing how they worked together and recording the results.
All three brought tunes from their own tradition and their own repertoire to the group, and all three absorbed the tunes from the other traditions as if it were the most natural thing in the world. They made the music their own, crea- ting a wonderful, vigorous blend that had the cohesiveness of a seasoned band and yet still managed to showcase the unique talents of each performer.
It is my great pleasure to present the results of this studio session, together with recordings from the group’s concert at Oslo’s Riksscenen later the same week.
TELLEF KVIFTE 




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New JPP CD Skywire - Taivaankansi is released!

Jul 1st 2015

skywire

JPP – SKYWIRE / TAIVAANKANSI NEW CD

JPP, the internationally known fiddle group from Kaustinen, Finland, celebrates
its 33rd anniversary with the release of their eleventh album, Skywire / Taivaankansi
on March 20, 2015. Skywire features sixteen new pieces, mostly original
compositions by fiddler Arto Järvelä and harmonium player Timo Alakotila plus
others by fiddlers Mauno Järvelä and Antti Järvelä plus two by Kaustinen musician
Ville Kangas. The Järvelä and Alakotila dual compositional force and the wide variety
of music presented makes Skywire the strongest JPP studio album since the 1998
classic String Tease, showcasing once again the band’s skills and versatility as
accomplished writers, arrangers and players. Skywire is also the first JPP album
to feature four members of the Järvelä fiddling family: Mauno, Arto, Antti and Esko.

The album release, in cooperation with Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department,
coincides with JPP’s concert at Savoy Theatre on March 20 which also features
the trio Herd with Timo Alakotila and a collaboration between the two groups.

JPP
Arto Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Mauno Järvelä, Matti Mäkelä, Tommi Pyykönen - violins
Timo Alakotila - harmonium , Antti Järvelä - double bass & violin, Timo Myllykangas - double bass

JPP – SKYWIRE / TAIVAANKANSI (JPP Music JPPCD 15)

Contact:
Arto Järvelä, oart@pp.nic.fi, Timo Alakotila, timo.alakotila@gmail.com
www.thejpp.fi
www.facebook.com/jppkaustinen

 


Erik Hokkanen & Lumisudet, Cool Things CD released! 

Jun 2nd 2015

Erik Hokkanen & Lumisudet  -  Cool Things 


1. I'M JUST LOOKIN' FOR THE COOL THINGS    4'42

2. WIND WOULD COME AND BLOW 3'31

3. NAUGHTY LITTLE ANGEL OF MINE 3'09

4. ZEMER ATIK 4'05

5. KIMMOTHERAPY 4'11

6. YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL DREAM 4'28

7. DANCE THE NITE AWAY 3'50

8. OLD JOE CLARK 2'31

9. WATER SONG 3'53

10. VIVA LA MANOUCHE 4'14

11. GOING BACK TO ZILKER PARK 4'26

12. LOOKIN' FOR LÄNNEN JUKKA 7'23




All music and lyrics by Erik Hokkanen, manus, except

Lookin' for Lännen Jukka by Erik Hokkanen/Lyrics Erik Hokkanen & J. Karjalainen

Zemer Atik and Old Joe Clark traditional arr. Erik Hokkanen & Lumisudet



ERIK HOKKANEN & LUMISUDET  -  COOL THINGS    HW 15


Erik Hokkanen & Lumisudet are:

Erik Hokkanen - vocals, guitar, fiddle (3,4,6-9), Petri Hakala - mandolin, guitar (6)

Arto Järvelä - fiddle, snare (3,7,9), Tapani Varis - double bass, jaw harp (12)



Special guests:

Timo Alakotila - piano (5,7)

Janne Haavisto - drums (1,5,6) 

Mauno Järvelä - fiddle (4,8,9)

Maria Kalaniemi - accordion (9)

J. Karjalainen - banjo (2,12), vocals (12)

Kimmo Pohjonen - accordion (7)

Janne Viksten - banjo (3,4,8,11)


www.facebook.com/lumisudet


Arto Järvelä plays fiddle Vol.3 On The Coast relesed!

Mar 2nd 2012

Dear fiddle music lover,
My fifth solo CD 'On The Coast' is now released. Theme is traditional music of Finlands Swedish speaking areas. The Swedish emigrants started to settle mainland already in the middle age.  Homogenous Swedish speaking areas in Finland are Nyland (Southern Finland) and Åboland (South-West Finland), which were more open to the new influences, and Österbotten (Eastern part of Bothnia gulf i.e. Ostrobothnia) where old traditions are preserved until our days. Åland (Islands between Finland and Sweden) is fourth area which has been important route for the Finnish culture since the 12th century.


For me the most interesting point has been the menuett as a dance and music in a traditional use. There has been many local variations of the performances. For example in Lappfjärd and Tjöck two menuetts has been played before the polska, when the other areas have had only one. Also tempoes have been different in different areas. Some tracks I have been faithful to the original performance.
Tunes I have learned from manuscripts can have more open approach to the interpretation.

Because there is hundreds of great tunes in the archives, it's impossible to to get all interesting material to one CD. This album is propably just an introduction, since many forgotten fiddlers and manuscripts are hiding in the archives. With this collection I want to share the unique heritage of Finlands Swedish speaking parts. I bet there is many people outside these areas who haven't heard this wonderful music.



Wish you a joyful journey on the coast!


Arto Järvelä


Arto Järvelä plays fiddle Vol.2 Cross-tuned released June 7th!

Jul 12 2011

  •  Crosstuned

In 2008 I was teaching a group of fiddle students at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. The subject was scordatura in fiddle music (scordatura = ital. mis-tuning, i.e. tuning of a stringed instrument differs from the standard tuning). At that time I knew only a couple of examples of Finnish fiddle tunes with open tunings. It began to bother me because I knew that in neighbouring countries there are still open tunings in active use. Without a doubt the situation in Finland has been the same; there are many examples of scordatura in old music books. These have now emerged into the daylight for this project and I think there are even more to come. Folk fiddling is pretty much tied to modes therefore it surprises me that open tunings are not much in active use anymore. Every tuning has a character of its own and some tunes work better in open tunings. For example most tunes in D-major or D-minor can be played with so called A-bass tuning (aeae). That makes the fiddle ring better and it enriches the overtones of the instrument. For this CD I have collected tunes I have found in the archives over the last two years. Some of them are traditional and some are from my own tune bank. The descriptive notes explain which tuning is in use with each tune. Strings are mentioned from the lowest to the highest.

I wish you an enjoyable cruise with Finnish cross-tuned melodies!
Arto Järvelä

 



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