Concerts autumn 2019

12.9 Max Savikangas: “Silvertone” for oboe, bandoneon and chamber ensemble (World Premiere) Keijo Silventoinen, Joszef Hars, Uusinta Ensemble, Lohja City Orchestra, Laurentius Hall

14.9 Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez, Maailmantango festival, Tampere

16.-19.9 Korvissa Soi -tour of Kainuu. Outi Tarkiainen: “…et elles entonnèrent un chant” for solo accordion and works by Piazzolla for solo bandoneon and chamber ensemble. Väinö Jalkanen, piano, Anna Kuvaja, piano, Elena Hämäläinen, cello, Elina Pyykönen, clarinet, Juusi Järvenpää, horn. 7 concerts in Suomussalmi, Kuhmo, Sotkamo and Kajaani.

24.-25.9 TangoLab I: Maria Lund & Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez @ Vakiopaine in Jyväskylä and G Livelab in Tampere

10.10 Tango del Ángel with Seinäjoki City Orchestra, Henrik Sandås, bandoneon, arrangements and musical direction

22.-23.10 TangoLab II: Kari Ikonen (moog) & Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez @ Vakiopaine in Jyväskylä and G Livelab in Tampere

9.11 “Cette Sequenzas”, with Mikhailovsky string quartet, St. Petersburg

14.11 Igor Stravinsky: “The Rite of Spring” on two accordions, Kuopio

19-20.11 TangoLab III: Panu Savolainen (vibraphone) & Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez @ Vakiopaine in Jyväskylä and G Livelab in Tampere

26.11 Igor Stravinsky: “The Rite of Spring” on two accordions, J.S. Bach: Chaconne arranged for solo bandoneon and Magnus Lindberg: Jeux d’anches for solo accordion, Turku

17-18.12 TangoLab IV: Mikko Perkola (viola da gamba) & Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez @ Vakiopaine in Jyväskylä and G Livelab in Tampere

Spring concerts 2019

Spring concerts:

14.3. Tampere-talo, Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez & Martin Alvarado

16.3. Balder Hall, Helsinki, Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez & Martin Alvarado

17.3. Kotka Concert House, Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez & Martin Alvarado

23.3. Hyvinkää Art Museum, Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez & Martin Alvarado

24.3. Sigurd Snåre Hall, Ekenäs, Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez & Martin Alvarado

30.3. Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna, Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez & Martin Alvarado

31.3. Vakiopaine, Jyväskylä, Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez & Martin Alvarado

21.4. St. Lauri’s Church, Vantaa, Quartet Ajaton, Mika Kallio, Juhani ”Junnu” Aaltonen

30.4. Espoo Cultural Centre, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Henrik Sandås, bandoneon and conductor, Katja Koukkula and Jussi Väänänen, dance

3.5. Lutakko, Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä Sinfonia Chamber Group

23.5. Ruissalo Shipyard, Turku, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Henrik Sandås, bandoneon and conductor

New symphonyproject “Tango del Ángel” 2018

I was blessed with a 3 months scholarship in St. Petersburg, Russia in the beginning of this year. During this period I had some fantastic concerts both in St. Petersburg and Moscow. My main work during this time was the arrangement and orchestration of a program for bandoneon and full symphony orchestra concisting of Piazzolla’s Angel- and Diablo -suites as well works like Tango Ballet a.o. Writing by day and night and going to concerts, operas and ballets at the Marinski Theatre, Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg Philharmony and St. Petersburg Capella in the evenings I was completely enchanted by this beautiful city and it’s people, culture and history. The program I arranged and orchestrated is called “Tango del Ángel” and it has a very deep significance to me personally, reflecting on and dealing with inner struggle, growth and liberation of the human soul. The premiere was in Kuopio with Kuopio Symphony orchestra in April 2018 and different versions have since been perfomed with Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Lapland Chamber Orchestra and St. Michel Strings.

Christmas 2016

Christmas is coming and it’s time to wrap up the autumn concert season.

It’s been so wonderful to work with all of you great people: Juha Hostikka, Angelika Klas, Patricio Arroyo, Ajaton Quartet, Martin Alvarado, Remu, Marjo Leinonen, Tuula Amberla, Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez, Tanguedia Quintet, Seinäjoki City Orchestra, Solti Chamber Orchestra in Budapest, Aachen Opera Orchestra in Germany, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Lauri Sallinen and Astoria String Quartet.

Thank You guys, and big thank’s to the audiences, love you all. I wish you all a Peaceful Christmas and see you next year!

Tango of Destiny – Record release tour 2012

13.10.2012 Helsinki, Savoy Theatre
19.- 20.10. Paris, Paris Banlieues Festival Tango-festival
2.11. Mikkeli, Martti Talvela Hall
23.11. Lohja, Laurentius Hall
24.11. Jyväskylä, Silta Hall
25.11. Kervava, Keuda Hall
30.11. Lahti, Felix Krohn Hall
1.12. Kuopio, Kuopio Music Center
3.12. Hämeenlinna, City Theatre

Angelika Klas, vocals
Minna Tervamäki, dance (13.10. Savoy-Theater, 1.12. Kuopio Music Center and 3.12 Hämeenlinna)

Tanguedia Quintet:
Henrik Sandås, bandoneón
Suvi Kantola, violin
Jani Kivelä, electric guitar
Iikka Kotaja, piano
Olli Rantala, double bass

Jukka Rintala, the dresses of the soloists

The enchanting singer Angelika Klas, star dancer Minna Tervamäki and the winner of the international Piazzolla-competition in Italy, the highly talented Tanguedia Quintet present an unforgettable concert experience with the most beloved classics of Finnish tango. We will hear stories of different human destinies – stories of joy, sorrow,loss, love and passion. Tangos by Mononen, Kärki and Bruk are accompanied by brand new tangos by composers Kirmo Lintinen and JukkaLinkola. The dresses designed by Jukka Rintala give a dramatic visual expression to the show. The insightful arrangements by Timo Ala-Kotila, Iikka Kotaja, Olli Rantala and Henrik Sandås transform the classic tangos into unparalelled, passionate concert tango.

The melancholic bandoneón, the lyrical violin, the soulful dance by Minna Tervamäki and the spellbinding interpretations by Angelika Klas take you into the world of finnish tango: a trip deep into the finnish soul landscapes. This is one of the definitive highlights of the
autumnal concert season!

Tanguedia Quintet feat. Antti Heermann (violin) on tour with Sinfonietta Lentua in June 2012

The winner of the International Piazzolla-competition in Italy 2008, Tanguedia Quintet and Sinfonietta Lentua, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Kuusela will make a small tour in Finland and Russia in June 2012. Their new concert program includes world premieres of compositions and arrangements by Iikka Kotaja and Henrik Sandås as well as music by Piazzolla, Rodriguez, Villoldo, De Caro, Franco, Mononen and Kärki.

Antti Heermann will be featuring as violinist with the group. Violinist Antti Heermann came to tango from the world of jazz. He has been voted “jazz violinist of the year” in Finland four times and his beautiful playing brings intensity and warmth to many different jazz- and tango ensembles. Heermann has performed extensively and is a highly respected soloist at music festivals in Finland an abroad. He has gained special critical acclaim as the outstanding violinist of Quinteto Otra Vez.

Tour schedule:

06/17/2012 Cultural Centre, Kostamus, Russia

06/18/2012 Karelian State Philharmonic Hall, Petrosavodzk, Russia

06/19/2012 Carelia Hall, Joensuu, Finland Buy tickets!

06/20/2012 Lentua Hall, Kuhmo, Finland Buy tickets!

World Premiere of “Clair” by Markku Klami @ Helsinki Music Centre 8.5.2012

The world premiere of  “Clair” for clarinet, bandoneón and string quartet by Marku Klami will be held at Helsinki Music Centre on 8th of May. The work was comissioned by clarinetist Lauri Sallinen, who will also premiere the work together with Henrik Sandås, bandoneón, Pasi Eerikäinen, violin, Annemarie Åström, violin, Jussi Tuhkanen, viola and Markus Hohti, violincello. Buy tickets!

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival 2012

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival will stage a new production of “María de Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer in july 2012!

Jukka-Pekka Kuusela, conductor
Daniel Bonilla-Torres, El Duende 
Angelika Klas, María
Martin Alvarado, El Payador, El Gorrion
Henrik Sandås, bandoneón
Heini Kärkkäinen, piano
Elina Vähälä, violin
Siljamari Heikinheimo, violin
Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola
Trey Lee, cello
Janne Thomsen, flute
Alberto Mesirca, guitar
Tim Ferchen, percussion
Tuija-Maija Nurminen, vibraphone
Odile Simon, contrabass
Choir: Taru Ritavesi, Mari Palo, Niall Chorell, Rolf Broman

www.kuhmofestival.fi