Musicians Mikko Perkola (gamba and effects), Aino Peltomaa (vocals and harp) and Harmen Fraanje (piano) will perform together for the first time at the Ankkabarock festival in Vantaa, Finland in August 2018. In an innovative concert approach titled ÄÄNI (sound), they combine medieval music, chants and jazz improvisation, inviting the audience to move around the space and improvise. The aim is to create a unique, strong feeling of togetherness.
The three musicians are all performing widely and regularly in their own countries and abroad. They have collaborated with internationally renowned artists (Kenny Wheeler, Mats Eilertsen, Laurens Dreyfus, Dominique Vellard,Mika Karhu) and made records for eminent labels (ECM; Naxos, Gramophone). They also lead their own groups (trio Reijseger Fraanje Sylla, Harmony of the Spheres). According to the website AllAboutJazz “Harmen Fraanje is emerging as one of the most impressive young European pianists of the past decade.” Fraanje teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Besides performing, Peltomaa teaches, trains choirs and leads retreats and courses combining silent chant singing, meditation and yoga.
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux supports the performance as part of the TelepART internationalisation programme.