Teija Niku Kvartetti
Teija Niku Kvartetti is a new ensemble founded around Niku's second solo album 'Memento'. Joakim Berghäll (saxophone, guitar), Juha Kujanpää (piano) and Tero Tuovinen (bass) are known for their versatile expertise in jazz, folk and theater music.
When making Memento, Niku didn’t want to restrict her composing to typical folk dance formats. Instead, she wanted to provide herself with more freedom by not building strict genre-based restrictions or putting herself in a box. Teija Niku Kvartetti conveys the mystical harmony of the album while respecting the original arrangements, but still leaving space for each players personal interpretation as well as improvisation.
Aallotar is a transtlantic collaboration between violinist Sara Pajunen (Minnesota) and accordionist Teija Niku (Finland). One hundred years ago, their ancestors lived within miles of each other in the western regions of Finland: the ensemble is founded on the common musical ground the women share, but also revels in the cultural differences formed when a lineage is separated by an ocean and the passage of time. Aallotar’s music, released on their March 2014 debut album, has been described as “exquisite, sophisticated chamber folk music.”
Karuna is a Finnish folk music trio with three keyboard players and a unique sound. The trio combines the sounds of the Swedish national instrument nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) and accordion with the rich harmonies of piano and reed organ.
Esko Järvelä: nyckelharpa, violin
Juha Kujanpää: piano, harmonium
Teija Niku: accordion