Exposé Online banner

Juha Kujanpää Ensemble — Niin Kauas Kuin Siivet Kantaa
(Eclipse Music , 2017, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-03-11

Niin Kauas Kuin Siivet Kantaa Cover art

Finnish composer and keyboardist Juha Kujanpää’s music straddles folk, jazz, rock, and theater music. His new album Niin kauas kuin siivet kantaa, or in English To Where My Wings Will Take Me, is the third chapter of his instrumental trilogy. The first two albums, 2013’s Kivenpyörittäjä (Tales and Travels) and 2015’s Kultasiipi (Goldwing) received Finnish and international critical acclaim. The band has remained fairly intact across all three albums with Juha (piano and keyboards), Timo Kämäräinen (guitar), Tero Tuovinen: (bass), Jussi Miettola (drums), Tommi Asplund (violin), Alina Järvelä (violin), and Esko Järvelä (violin). On the new album, Juha drew upon influences from orchestral waltzes, Greek bouzouki, Finnish folk music, and Klezmer scales, tying them together with strong melodies and interesting arrangements. The album opens with “Vuorikiipeilijä (Mountaineer)” containing a melodic guitar solo that is taken up by the violins, overall sounding like a piece that would have been right at home on Michael Rother’s Sterntaler. Track two, “Kumina (Caraway)” is an ethnic folk composition with an mid-Eastern vibe. Things turn a bit jazzy on “Aurora” recalling Passport and perhaps Jean-Luc Ponty. The band hits their stride on “Matkalaulu (Travel Song),” a catchy folk dance tune that encourages you get up and move to the beat. Next is the cinematic “Hirvitalon Valssi (Waltz from the Moose House)” that makes me think of The Last of the Mohicans theme. “Jää Sulaa (Ice Melting)” is an introspective piece with the promise of spring and birds chirping, followed by the flittering and fluttering “Perhostanssi (Butterfly Dance)” that for some reason makes me think of the old musical scores to the Little Rascals movies. The album closes with the title track, a dreamy floating tableau with the lead melody trading back and forth between the various musicians. I must say that I was impressed and pleased with this release, especially never having heard any of their previous work.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Juha Kujanpää

More info
http://eclipsemusicrecordlabel.bandcamp.com/album/niin-kauas-kuin-siivet-kantaa

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Planet X - Quantum – Is there anyone out there who does not know what to expect from a Planet X album? Insanely complex instrumental music that melds metal, prog, and fusion, played with precision that would put to shame...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues