Leivonen lumimyrskyssä - A Lark In The Snowstorm

by Mika Pohjola, Henrik Lamberg, Sanni Orasmaa, Eeppi Ursin

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    The famous centennial celebration of Finnish Tango composer Toivo Kärki (1915-92). A high quality six-panel digipack with liner notes in English and Finnish, comes with instant digital download.

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    Puttes äventyr i Blåbärsskogen - Peter in Blueberry Land:
    Johanna Grüssner - voice & choir
    Mika Pohjola - compositions, arrangements, piano, conducting
    Björn Arkö - saxophones
    Kerstin Frödin - recorder & oboe
    Arvid Jullander - bass
    Anna Lisa Mühlig - clarinet & bass clarinet
    Ida Tunkkari - violin
    Sebastian Voegler - drums

    Nu ska vi sjunga:
    Johanna Grüssner - sång/voice
    Mark Ferber - trummor/drums
    Arnold Hammerschlag - trumpet
    Mika Pohjola - övriga instrument/all other instruments

    Moomin Voices/Muminröster:
    Tove Jansson - lyrics
    Erna Tauro - compositions
    Johanna Grüssner - voice
    David Ambrosio - bass
    Laura Arpiainen - violin
    Mark Ferber - drums
    Kerstin Frödin - recorder
    Fernando Huergo - bass
    Robert Moose - violin
    MiHee Park - violin
    Mika Pohjola - piano & composer
    Yusuke Yamamoto - percussion & flute

    Nu blir sommar:
    Johanna Grüssner - voice
    Mika Pohjola - piano

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about

After the wartime in the mid-forties, Toivo Kärki had to hide his interest in big band swing music, but he never abandoned it. He was a realist though, and preferred to place his musical talent in the service of the general public, so eager for uplifting entertainment after the demanding war years. Nevertheless, Kärki used very sophisticated melodic and harmonic ideas in all his compositions and arrangements. This is why his compositions are a challenge for modern authors working on new versions of these old songs. This album, A Lark in the Snowstorm, combines the versatility of his compositions, his musical preferences and his aspirations, adapted into a modern expression of music. The title piece is the second earliest of Kärki's existing compositions, a true reflection of the many turns in his life. Only those who were more familiar with him knew that basically he was a sensitive artist - like a lark. On the other hand they knew that he was a persevering fighter, who had to struggle against the odds throughout most of his professional career. He never gave up, not even in an icy snowstorm. The compositions of Toivo Kärki (1915-1992), at least the best of them, can be characterized with the exacting word 'quality'. The basis for his musical thought was his keen interest in jazz, which started as early as 1928 when he heard Louis Armstrong on record. After winning an international contest for new compositions, arranged by the Rhythm magazine in 1939, Kärki planned to move to the United States. History, however, decided otherwise: the Finnish Winter War (against the Soviet Union) broke out and Kärki was sent to the front like thousands of others.

credits

released December 3, 2005

Mika Pohjola - piano & arrangements
Toivo Kärki - composer
Henrik Lamberg - voice
Sanni Orasmaa - voice
Eeppi Ursin - voice
David Ambrosio - bass
Laura Arpiainen - violin
Anna Basis - violin
Bill Campbell - drums
Alan Ferber - trombone
Mark Ferber - drums
Janne Halonen - guitar
Fernando Huergo - bass
Robin Miller - cello
Indra Ozola - flute
Franco Pinna - percussion
Felipe Salles - saxophone
Julio Santillán - guitar
Ayumi Takeshima - violin
Kari Toivonen - narration
Dan Weiss - drums

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