The 2004 Kaustinen Folk Music Festival's Ensemble of the Year is on CD at last, in a stirring set of orginal instrumental ballads, jazzy grooves and agressive new-acoustic folk. Tero Hyväluoma (violin), Markus Luomala (accordion), Olli Seikkula (guitar) and Tarmo Anttila (double bass) offer a smart new look at the Suomi roots. Fans of both Maria Kalaniemi and Hedningarna will find common ground, but expect something very different from both, with a more experimental approach that shatters notions of both tradition and hybridization.
Listen to some samples:
Tero Hyväluoma (violin)
Markus Luomala (accordion)
Olli Seikkula (guitar)
Tarmo Anttila (double bass)
plus guests on piano, a recitation of a poem and a string quartet
The Finnish Music Information Centre says:
One of the groups re-inventing folk music and fiddler traditions is Snekka , the 2004 Kaustinen Folk Music Festival's Ensemble of the Year. The boys first started playing together while studying at the Kaustinen College of Music. The band's original, endearing name Pupujussit (Bunny Rabbits) was later ditched for Snekka, which means the scroll of the violin.
The Snekka have already had a taste of fame. Markus Luomala won the Golden Accordion Award in 2001, and Tero Hyväluoma is the Finnish champion in fiddling. Snekka have also won the folk music group championships at the Sepän soitto competition in Mäntsälä.
On their first album mot., the group brings fresh new ideas to traditional music, their arrangements ranging from subtle transformations to the wildest rock influences. Most of the instrumental tunes are written by bassist Tarmo Anttila and violinist Tero Hyväluoma.
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