Suomi 100 Maailmalla-konsertti
The performers of the unique and impressive Suomi 100 Maailmalla / Finland 100 Worldwide Concert are legendary singer Eino Grön (USA), violinist Marielle Iivonen and accordionist Tony Iivonen (Sweden), jazz pianist Karri Luhtala (Italy), soprano Maria Männistö (USA), flutist Ulla Suokko (Peru), the band Uusikuu (UK/Germany) and the physical theatre company Justice in Motion (UK). The program includes Finnish and Argentine tango, flute music, jazz, classical music and Finnish evergreens. The host of the evening is journalist and TV host Ella Kanninen (Italy). The concert celebrates the 90 years old Suomi-Seura/The Finland Society, and it is included in the official Finland 100 program.
Legendary singer EINO GRÖN has been a beloved Finnish icon for over 50 years. During Grön’s very successful music career his repertoire has become versatile and extensive, ranging from tango, which expresses Finnish emotions, to jazz and spiritual music. Grön is accompanied by Romanian-born pianist MARIAN PETRESCU.
Siblings MARIELLE (violin) and TONY IIVONEN (accordion) are third generation Swedish-Finns who study at the Sibelius Academy. They have performed extensively both in Sweden and abroad. Besides classical music, the repertoire of DUO IIVONEN includes various other music genres, and they share a deep love for Argentine tango in particular.
Finnish-American soprano MARIA MÄNNISTÖ - "one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices I have heard in years" (Paul de Barros, Seattle Times) - moves comfortably among a wide range of musical styles to international acclaim. HÄMÄRÄ (Twilight,) a monodrama for soprano performed by Maria Männistö and directed by BENJAMIN MOSSE, provides a crucial and approachable opportunity for diverse audiences to come together in meaningful conversation about identity and belonging. Benjamin Mosse is the artistic director of Richard Schechner's East Coast Artists.
Jazz pianist KARRI LUHTALA mixes Scandinavian spices into his music without forgetting the American jazz tradition. Besides his own compositions, Karri plays also his variations of well-known Finnish folk songs.
Flutist ULLA SUOKKO’s work ILMATAR, TUULEN TYTÄR will have its premiere at the Music Centre. The flutes made of condor bones, the Sami drum, stones, water, wind and breathing Ulla has recorded open up an atmosphere of sounds and create a basis for flute, voice and movement.
UUSIKUU, led by Finnish singer LAURA RYHÄNEN, is based in Germany and the UK. The band is one of the best-known expatriate ambassadors of the rare and special genre, the Finnish tango. JUSTICE IN MOTION is a physical theatre company based in Oxford, UK. The company presents a variety of engaging, thought-provoking performances. In the concert Justice in Motion and Uusikuu perform parts from their joint production KAIHO, which presents the lives and experiences of Finnish expatriate women during several decades.
The Suomi 100 Maailmalla Concert is hosted by journalist and TV host ELLA KANNINEN. She has divided her life between Italy and Finland for almost 15 years. Although her home is now in a small village in Tuscany, her work often brings her to Finland.
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