One of Finland’s premier fiddlers, Arto Järvelä has, over the past three decades, been a member of more than ten folk music groups. He’s primarily known as founder, second fiddler, composer and arranger of Kaustinen fiddle legends JPP, in action since 1982. Throughout the JPP history, Arto has demonstrated profound talents as a remarkably skilled player and as a gifted composer and multi-instrumentalist. As one of Finland’s most talented folk musicians, Arto has represented Finnish culture in more than thirty-five countries. Concert appearances have taken him as far as Cuba, Peru, Australia, Pakistan, Thailand, Egypt, USA and most of Europe.
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Harald Haugaard has established himself as one of Denmark’s most acknowledged musicians. His compositions are contemporary, original and in his overall artistic work deeply rooted in the rich Danish musical tradition. He completed his music studies at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Odense where he studied violin and choir/ensemble conducting. From 2000 to 2005 he worked as the head of the folk music department at that Academy. Harald made many fans in Cape Breton performing at Celtic Colours in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2008 in the duo Haugaard & Høirup. As one of this year’s Artists in Residence, Harald played a big role in the development of this year’s Nordic theme.
Jes is a leading exponent of the rich Scandinavian tradition, with repertoire that pulls from his Quebec and Cape Breton influences. Nominated for a Danish music award in 2006 in the categories Folk Artist of the Year, and Debut of the Year, Jes (on fiddle) is appearing solo for the tribute show to Joe Peter whom he admired and considered a musical friend, in addition to his band gigs, with Fionia String Band.
Antti Järvelä is a musician, music teacher, composer, and arranger who has dedicated his existence to music (nearly) since was born in Kaustinen, Finland. Nowadays he has his base in Alahärmä, which in spite of one of the biggest amusement parks in Finland, is a very nice and quiet small town in the Southern Osthrobotnia region. Touring around the world mostly with different international and domestic music groups, Antti plays upright bass, violin, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, piano, reed organ, and more. He has found himself involved lately with the following performing bands: Frigg, Baltic Crossing, JPP, Kings Of Polka, Troka.
Helene Blum has thrilled audiences throughout Europe, and from Canada to Japan, with her intensely expressive, crystal clear voice. Her artistic focus embraces both traditional roots and innovation. Using ancient songs and ballads as a base, she reinvents them with contemporary expressions and mixes them elegantly with newly written songs, including her own. She is deeply rooted in Danish music traditions, but at the same time not afraid to challenge them. With her versatility and the many facets of her talent and voice, she is a unique singer with a strongly personal expression – at times understated and whimsical, radiant, intense and commanding. An outstanding communicator, she has the rare ability to unite sensitivity with power.
Two of Denmark’s finest artists have together formed an outstanding quintet which performs traditional and contemporary Danish music with great passion and virtuosity. Beautiful old Danish ballades are gently blended with neck-breaking fiddle tunes and it’s all brought out to the audience with great passion and presence. Helene Blum and Harald Haugaard have long individual high profiled carriers behind them. Their quintet with cellist Kirstine Elise Pedersen, Swedish guitarist Mattias Pérez and percussionist Sune Rahbek sum up all their musical aspects and qualities to be one of Denmark’s musical Dream Teams. Fine acoustic music with integrity and innovation.
Hallgrim Hansegård is a choreographer dedicated to the art of moving. At the age of 30 his works were performed in 29 countries. His work has both been censored by the Catholic church of Italy and been named “best choreography” of Eurovision Song Contest, which shows the dynamics of his expressions. Hallgrim has choreographed for tv, theatres, orchestras, wall dancers and performance arts, and he’s the founder of Frikar dance company. He has trained as a video artist in Italy and has shown animation arts at the Biennal of Venice and at Norwegian cinemas and festivals. He often has an archeological approach to innovation and has won the Norwegian Championships of traditional dance twice in a row.
Fionia String Band is a meeting of two generations of folk musicians with a shared passion for traditional melodies. They deliver rustic and lively folk music from polkas and lyrical tunes to warm-hearted waltzes, mainly from the Scandinavian repertoire as well as traditional music from Québec and Cape Breton. The band consists of two of Denmark’s top fiddlers, Michael Graubæk and Jes Kroman, with Theis Juul Langlands, a teacher at Denmark’s only traditional music academy, on piano. They play with passion and intelligence and are obviously having a great time playing together. The music is easily accessible and offers a refreshingly modern interpretation of Danish traditional music.