Concluding Concert: Emma Salokoski & Ilmiliekki Quartet
EMMA SALOKOSKI AND ILMILIEKKI QUARTET recorded their first joint album Vi sålde våra hemman (We sold our home) in 2009. The project merged traditional folk song with the robust Nordic jazz of Ilmiliekki. Typically for the band, the moods shifted from intense ensemble work to powerful solos. This concert represents a continuation of that project. The quartet members have written NEW MATERIAL to Modernist poetry by Swedish-speaking Finnish poets. The concert programme may also feature versions of solo songs by Sibelius that were commissioned for the Helsinki Festival in 2015.
In this lineup we have the brilliant Verneri Pohjola on trumpet, singer-pianist-songwriter Tuomo Prättälä on piano, Antti Lötjönen – world traveller with the Five Corners Quintet – on bass, and Olavi Louhivuori, who also plays with Tomasz Stanko’s band, on drums.