Askelten Palo is a cultural association that promotes Latin American culture by means of folk music and dance. The repertoire of the dance group consists of folk dances from several countries presenting different styles and traditions, the group also performs in traditional costumes. In addition to the performances and education, the association wants to encourage the integration of the Latin American community in Finland and to reinforce its identity. It also organizes intercultural discussions and encounters between the Finnish community and the other migrant communities. The association is founded in 2013 and already four times it has organized a show called “Latin Folk Night”, where also the children groups have had a chance to perform along with the adult groups.
A French afternoon with one of the largest digital organs in Finland
August 8th, 2019 at 5 p.m. in Forest Hall, Sibelius Hall
Ranskalainen iltapäivätuokio Suomen suurimpien digitaaliurkujen äärellä
8.8.2019 klo 17 Sibeliustalo, Metsähalli
Solistina eläkeyhtiön kuukausittaista sponsorointia nauttiva Matti Pesonen.
Pesonen soittaa mm. César Franckin, Frédéric Chopinin ja Marcel Duprén sävellyksiä.
The international Kave Ensemble collects Sanna Mansikkaniemi’s proficient musician friends who all share interest in the world music and improvisation.
Guitarist, composer, arranger and teacher Dmitri Timoshenko has studied in the Georg Ots Music School in Tallinn, the Turku Art Academy in Finland and the Geneva University of Music in Swizerland. Nowadays he works as a guitar teacher and a performing musician in his hometown Tallinn.
Multi-instrumentalist Silvo Vatanen plays several traditional instruments from Latin America, such as charango, the small guitar from the Andes, siku (pan flutes) and trutruca, a wind instrument related to the trumpet. He has worked several years with the Latin American music already and he masters many different musical genres of the continent.
Percussionist João Lopes has come to Finland from Portugal and he is familiar with both the classical percussions of the symphony orchestra as well as the several world music percussions. For the time being he works as a freelancer musician and continues his studies in the Global Music department of the SibeliusAcademy in Helsinki.
Saija Hostikka comes from Kymenlaakso, Finland and she has passed the vocational examination of classical music in the Conservatorium of Jyväskylä. Now she continues her studies in the folk music department of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In addition to the classical and folk music, she also has the beat of tango and other dances in her fingers.
Olli Kari is a frequently asked artist and qualified teacher in the Finnish folk scene. Starting in the age of four on piano, Olli started stretching the aesthetics with the accordions in the age of eleven. Olli’s strengths also include contemporary electric means of music production, and singing in various styles. Graduating 2011 from the first Nordic Master of Folk Music, a joint programme between the Sibelius Academy, Kungliga Musikhogskolan in Stockholm and Det Fynske Musikkonservatoriumin in Odense, Denmark, Olli went on absorbing various musical styles and cultures, with among other notable teachers Maria Kalaniemi, Mika Väyrynen, Ale Möller, Jonas Knutsson, Carl Erik Lundgaard and Bo Stief.
Nowadays Olli can be heard e.g. with the bands Katriina Honkanen & Tulilintu, Sari Kaasinen & Otawa, Vimma Allstars and Sanna Mansikkaniemi’s Rokasahurit. In his youth, Olli has performed in nearly every European country and from Mexico to Japan. Olli teaches in the Sibelius Academy Folk Big Band and PopJazz Conservatory, and can be heard in many albums, films and theatre productions as well.
Top Tango singer on new European soloist tour
One of Argentina’s finest tango vocalists, Martín Alvarado, will be on his 45 th International Soloist tour since June 6th until september the 1 st. (next tour, including USA and Finland, will be held during october and november)
At the moment he has confirmed concerts in Finland, Malta, Spain and Italy and there are booking to get confirmed in the next days.
The globe-trotting tango troubadour, who is world renowned for his stunning tenor voice and sublime performances, will be singing rarely heard Piazzolla songs as well as some of his own compositions and some tango and South American classics.
He will give some of the concerts accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and will also be joined by different internationally renowned musicians like Finnish Jazz stars like Eero Koivistoinen (sax) and Alexi Tuomarila (piano); Mikko Helenius (bandoneon and piano); italian pianist Fabrizio Mocata and Argentinian bandoneon player Walter Hidalgo, in the different countries he will perform in.
His UK manager and promoter, Lisa Cherry-Downes, said: ”I knew as soon as I heard Martin sing at one of my events in 2011 that he had something special about him – he just has that ’wow factor’ that you don’t come across very often”.
”As well as his amazing voice, he also has shed loads stage presence and charisma – his live performances can have you laughing one minute and crying the next. I have never come across an artist who demolishes the language barrier in quite such an emotional way. He mesmerises you. No two concerts are ever the same”.
Alvarado added: ”I am really looking forward to tour Europe again – I have had wonderful audiences there who have shown great interest and respect in what I do – and also in tango singing which is perhaps not what most people think of in when they hear the word tango. But in fact in Argentina more people listen to tango than dance it and the poetry is an important aspect of this culture in my homeland.
The Buenos Aires-born artist has won wide acclaim for his exceptional voice, and is increasingly being recognised as one of the most significant vocalists in the history of tango, celebrated both in the media and by his peers who have called him ”the best voice in Buenos Aires” and ”21st Century voice of tango”.
In Russia earlier this year, he performed in front of 8000 people at the Kremlin Palace Concert Hall in Moscow and 4000 at Oktyabrskiy Theatre in Saint Petersburg. He has also performed at other major venues in Finland, and Spain. In 2013 he won the Latin UK Award for Concert by International Artist of the Year and had his last album released by one of the leading world music record labels – UK based Riverboat Records, part of the World Music Network stable of labels which include the ”Rough Guide to …” titles.
He discovered his talent to sing at the age of 19, by chance, while studying guitar in Buenos Aires. A few years later he travelled to Spain where he was spotted singing in the street in Barcelona and invited to perform in Finland, where tango is a national pastime. News of his talent quickly spread and within two months of arriving there, he was performing with the Tampere Philharmonia Orchestra.
He has since released six albums and currently working on seven more already recorded in Argentina, Finland and Italy.
45 th International Soloist Tour (all the confirmed dates)
8.8. La misa criolla , Sibelius Talo , Lahti
9-11.8. Elokuun Tango Festival
13.8. Aino Ackté Chamber Music Festival, Helsinki
20.8. Viapori jazz festival, Helsinki
21.8. Vaakahuone, Turku
22.8. Vaakahuone, Turku
Martin Alvarado live TV interview and performance.
Songs ”Milonga triste” (Manzi / Piana) ; ”El corazón al sur” (Eladia Blázquez)
”La misma pena” (Astor Piazzolla / Homero Exposito)
”Volver” (Gardel / Le Pera) with Patrick Gallois & Jyväskylä symphony orchestra (Finland)
Tango Nuevo / Vanguardia
Martin Alvarado & Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez ”Pigmalión” live at Buenos Aires tango festival 2017
Martin Alvarado & Matti Laukkanen ”Pedacito de cielo” live at Maailmantango Festival , Tampere, Finland, 2018
”Cimarrón de ausencia”
”Milonga del trovador” (Astor Piazzolla / Horacio Ferrer) con Luis Salinas
”Campo Afuera” (Homero Manzi / Rodolfo Biagi)
”Milonga de corralón” (De la Torre / Quintana)
”Milonga triste” (Homero Manzi / Sebastián Piana)
”Vieja casa” (E. Zaldívar (h))
”Bajo un cielo de estrellas” (Música: Enrique Francini/Héctor Stamponi; Letra: José María Contursi)
”Pedacito de cielo” (Enrique Francini / Héctor Stamponi -Homero Expósito) en vivo en Finlandia
”Mujer y amiga” (letra y música de Robustiano Figueroa Reyes)
”Zamba de Usted” (Ariel Ramírez / Félix Luna)
”Don Solas” (letra y música de Horacio Avilano)
”Guitarra, guitarra mía” (Carlos Gardel – Alfredo Le Pera)
”Viento dile a la lluvia” (Litto Nebbia)
”Gracias a la vida” (Violeta Parra)
”Solitario” (Willy Bascuñán)
Self penned songs:
”Cuánto más dolerás” (letra y música de Martin Alvarado) live in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia
”Tema de Garrafa” (candombe de Martin Alvarado)