Year 2015 has started out busy and filled with music and more is coming!
AALLOTAR did a month-long tour in the Midwest USA in January-February. You can see photos from the tour on our Facebook page.
Right now I'm preparing for AKKORDEONALE 2015 tour in Germany, where I'll be playing solo and together with fellow accordionists from Armenia, Ireland, Germany & The Netherlands, accompanied by trombone/violin & hurdy-gurdy. Looking forward to it!
Aallotar's debut album "In Transit" has been released! You can buy it on CDBaby.
Announcing a new duo called AALLOTAR with Finnish-American fiddler Sara Pajunen from Minneapolis! We are touring for the first time in the USA in October.
Polka Chicks touring in the USA in June
Polka Chicks, the duo by Kukka Lehto and Teija Niku, is heading to the Midwest USA in June. The band has toured in the USA also during the summers before and quickly become a favorite of in particular Finnish-American audiences.
This time the Polka Chicks is touring together with the Finnish-American duo Kaivama, whom they worked with already in 2011 at FinnFest in San Diego. On this tour both bands play their own sets and also join forces on some tunes.
The tour program consists of 8 concerts, a.o. Nisswa-Stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival and the legendary Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.
For more info visit: http://www.polkachicks.com
Teija Niku & Grupa Balkan won the respected Konsta Jylhä Competition!
The band performed Teija Niku's compositions and Balkan influenced arrangements of Konsta Jylhä's compositions. The judge described the competition extremely high-leveled and praised the winner's ensemble as well as contact with the audience. Konsta Jylhä Competition was held at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival on July 9-10, 2012.
Finsko Pajdusko made it to the respected "Albums of the Year" list by Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. The list included for example Michael Monroe, 22-Pistepirkko and PJ Harvey, altogether 35 popular music albums and 15 classical albums.
Finsko Pajdusko is one of the four nominees competing for the Emma prize Ethno Album of the Year!
Finsko Padjusko is making waves among the critics!
Balkan rhythms are in vogue in Finland, having even spiced things up in the first rounds of the Eurovision Song Contest. But with her debut release, Teija Niku brings to the table a unique and captivating offering: virtuosic Balkan hoedown executed with sensitivity and subtlety.
Pirkko Kotirinta, Helsingin Sanomat 12.2.2011
Odd time-signatures and detail-rich arrangements cascade with zeal, the likes of which one rarely encounters. A former student of Maria Kalaniemi and Kimmo Pohjonen, Niku positively revels in her playing. Finsko Padjusko is already a cult classic.
Juha Seitz, Pohjalainen 7.2.2011
Violinist Tommi Asplund, bassist Ilkka Heinonen and guitarist Tuomas Logrén help Niku create a nuance-rich groove. The arrangements are highly refined, yet animated.
Pentti Ronkanen, Keskisuomalainen 5.2.2011
This album is rousing and euphoric from start to finish. The group doesn't shy away from emulating the virtuosity of its forerunners, nor would it have any reason to: the skill level of its musicians is astounding. At the center is Niku, whose accordion playing is compelling both in virtuosity and nuance.
Jimmy Träskelin, Pelimanni 1/2011
READ MORE REVIEWS HERE
Rockadillo Records released Teija Niku's Balkan solo album "Finsko Pajdusko" on February 9th 2011!
MAY 6-14, 2016 Germany tour with KARUNA
JUNE 10-19, 2016 USA tour with KARUNA
SEPT 25-OCT 1, 2016 Beethoven & Banjos with AALLOTAR
Past gigs here