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Reija Lang New Trio in Pori Jazz Festival on July 13

It´s great to head to sunny and summerly Pori on July 13th – most likely the pictoresque town will be splashing in a heatwave, reaching some +26-28 degrees in Celcius. Just brilliant! We are going to perform at Klubi-Klubben Garden on Sunday night at 7 pm. We have built a new colourful program – with fresh compositions from Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola and Jarno Kukkonen – and some new lyrics from me. Also some hand picked jazz classics can be found in our set list. Hope to see you in Pori – the ultimate jazz town in Finland.

ABB Imatra 3

Arricone Big Band feat Reija Lang won the “Best Big Band in Finland” Competition at Imatra BB Festival

Wow – what a weekend at Imatra Big Band Festival. We are so happy to get this 1st prize in the “Best Big Band in Finland” competition. It was an exciting set of 3 tunes – one instrumental composition and 2 vocal arrangements from our Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley tribute program – all witten by our conductor & arranger Erno Tiittanen. The competition was a high class act – and our competitors did a splendid job with their performances. It´s great to see that big band scene lives in Finland and is powerful with high ambition. Yeah!

The jury members were top conductors – experienced and respected big band influencers : Jiggs Whigham (USA), Tapio Maunuvaara and Petri Juutilainen. We want to thank the Imatra Big Band Festival, the professional jury and the great audience – you all let us capture the fabulous moment!

PS. Should you like to listen our well received album, please visit iTunes

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Reija Lang & Arricone Big Band, with special guest Riku Niemi – Reija Lang & Arricone Big Band, with special guest Riku Niemi

Arricone Big Band feat Reija Lang at Imatra Big Band Festival: BB Contest 2014

It´s going to be an exciting last weekend of June. Arricone Big Band feat Reija Lang participates in the “Best Finnish Big Band” Contest, organised by the legendary Imatra Big Band Festival on June 29, 2014. We´ll play a 15 minutes competition set – and then we´ll see how we succeeded – after the jury has done their job. The winner of the competition will perform on Sunday night at 7 pm at Imatra BB Festival. So thumbs up for delovely and high flying Arricone! Should you be at the festival, please come to cheer our performance! :)

Reija Lang New Trio

Excellent reviews for Reija Lang New Trio´s album Blood of Joy

Mikko-Ville, Jarno and me are truly happy about the positive feedback and reviews we have recieved for our album Blood of Joy. Here come some latest reviews .. see what thay say about our music  ;)

Three individualists collaborate and give birth to a rich acoustic sound with great intensity. Lang´s expression is free of limits -yet still in sovereign control. The trio´s collaboration is colourful and energetic, playful. The rare combination of instruments proofs to be an excellent match.

- Hannu Lahtonen, Kauppalehti 8.1.2014 -

The idea of a combination of a vocalist, bassist/violinist and a guitarist as a jazz combo might sound a bit breathless – but that´s not true with this trio. The charm of the album is based on the light and elegant sound together with genious arrangements. It seems that Lang reaches the freedom of singing best in this relaxed trio atmosphere.

- Harri Uusitorppa, Helsingin Sanomat, 15.1.2014  -

The album Blood of Joy communicates extremely well its name – being an intense and positive work or art. The colourful music radiates  the fresh joy of playing and singing.

- Ilari Tapio, Satakunnan Kansa 7.1.2014 -

Reija Lang´s 5th album Blood of Joy is not meant for background jazz. The album must be listened with focus and concentration. When you do that, you´ll be awarded with an unexpected discovery trip into contemporary jazz. This album is a true piece of jazz art presented by improvisation geniouses. The sound is wide, with variety and deep colors – with all those different jazz genre influences.

- Jael Nyman, Hufvudstadsbladet 5.2.2014 -

Reija is a talented vocalist who has the gift of maximising her range and intensity – topped with the capability of using her voice as an instrumental sound. Jarno Kukkonen on guitar and Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola on double bass and violin play extremely well together and both excel on solos as well. Big applause for the band.

- Matti Laipio, Jazzrytmit 3.12.2013 -

 

 

Gigs

  • Date

  • City

  • Venue

  • Time

  • Performing

  • Tickets

  • September 6, 2014

  • Vaasa

  • Jazz Cruise

  • Reija Lang & Vasa Jazzers

  • BUY

  • August 30, 2014

  • Helsinki

  • Nyyrikki/Kuutamojazz Festival

  • 20:00

  • Reija Lang New Trio: Reija Lang/Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola/Jarno Kukkonen

  • BUY

  • August 9, 2014

  • Punkaharju

  • Cafe Rantakivi/Full Moon Jazz

  • 20:00

  • TBA

  • BUY

  • July 27, 2014

  • Uukuniemi

  • Uukuniemi Church

  • 18:00

  • Reija Lang/Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola/Jarno Kukkonen

  • BUY

  • July 26, 2014

  • Punkaharju

  • Cafe Rantakivi

  • 20:00

  • Reija Lang/Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola/Jarno Kukkonen

  • BUY

  • July 25, 2014

  • Kellokoski

  • Kellokoski Festival

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang & Riku Niemi Cool Mambo

  • BUY

  • July 24, 2014

  • Vaasa

  • Fondis

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang & Erkko Jussila Band

  • BUY

  • July 14, 2014

  • Pori

  • Cafe Jazz/Pori Jazz Festival

  • 24:00

  • Reija Lang/voc, Mikko Karjalainen/trp, Antti Kujanpää/piano, Marko Lohikari/bass, André Sumelius/drs

  • BUY

  • July 13, 2014

  • Pori

  • Pori Jazz Festival, Garden

  • 21:00

  • Reija Lang New Trio: Reija Lang/Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola/Jarno Kukkonen

  • BUY

  • June 29, 2014

  • Imatra

  • Imatra Big Band Festival

  • 15:20

  • Arricone Big Band feat Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • May 16, 2014

  • Kirkkonummi

  • Art Cafe Babylon

  • 20:00

  • Reija Lang New Trio: Reija Lang/Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola/Jarno Kukkonen

  • BUY

  • May 2, 2014

  • Helsinki

  • Papa Albert

  • 20:00

  • Reija Lang & Lassi Kouvo

  • BUY

  • April 24, 2014

  • Helsinki

  • Malmitalo

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang & Riku Niemi Cool Mambo

  • BUY

  • April 23, 2014

  • Helsinki

  • Juttutupa

  • 21:00

  • Reija Lang New Trio: Reija Lang/Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola/Jarno Kukkonen

  • BUY

  • April 16, 2014

  • Kerava

  • Keudasali

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang & Arricone Big Band, Feat Riku Niemi

  • BUY

  • January 30, 2014

  • Helsinki

  • Olipa Kerran

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang & Ilkka Hanski & Lassi Kouvo

  • BUY



Collaboration

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Moon and Sand by Reija Lang Trio

Reija Lang & Arricone Big Band, cond Erno Tiittanen

Music & Lyrics

Bio

I´m a storyteller and a modernist by inner spirit. I prefer to improvise, explore new ways of using human voice and sounds, and create a touching performance. Writing poems, lyrics and stories give me the opportunity to communicate deeper with the audience and touch their souls. Curiosity, ideas, passion, persistence and sincerity form the basis in my thinking.

 

Some people say that my alto voice is very expressive, moving from childlike innocence to matured beauty and up to surreal drama - and I think that describes me pretty well. I prefer using the whole scale of human voice when telling the story and capturing its emotions. I also enjoy to improvise - my intuitive feel for rhythm takes me around the music and I am happiest if I can surprise myself with what I´ll find.

 

It´s very hard for me to define my genre – and I do not want to do it at all. I prefer to explore different music and art features and styles. I have strong roots in swing/mainstream/bebop and therefore I can move with ease around different genres. Either singing jazz standards and arranged big band music with style - or experimenting the contemporary music and absolutely free improvisation with no limits.

 

During the years of exploring different angles and flavours of jazz I have been an active listener. I am open minded and curious to find interesting sounds, tunes, voices, rhythm patterns, wild attitude, openminded and soulful musicians - anything that catches my attention with unique touch of creativity.

 

Reija Lang in a snapshot:

 

Jazz vocalist, lyricist

Winner of ”Lady Summertime” Vocal Jazz Contest in 2002

Albums: Transit 2005, Out of Office 2009, Soundoscope 2010

Performances in festivals & clubs in Finland, Japan, Russia, Estonia, Sweden

 

Studies:

 

Pop & Jazz Conservatorium

Sibelius Academy Open University

 

Private vocal technique studies:

Maija Hapuoja

Mark Murphy

Tanja Linnavalli

Jenny Robson

 

International jazz workshops:

 

Sibelius Academy Jazz Workshops, led by Jukkis Uotila & Jenny Robson (Kuopio, Finland 2001 & 2002)

Amsterdam Conservatorium Jazz Workshop, led by Nancy Marano (Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2002)

Stanford Jazz Workshop led by Madeline Eastman, Dena De Rose (San Francisco, USA, 2003)

Vocal Free Improvisation Workshop/School for Improvised Music, led by Jay Clayton (New York, USA 2006)

Corfu Jazz Workshop/Ionian University, led by Sheila Jordan (Corfu, Greece 2007)

Berklee Jazz Workshop, led by Donna McElroy (Perugia, Italy 2012)

 

Influences:

 

Vocalists

 

Anita O´Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, DeeDee Bridgewater, Sarah Vaughan, Mark Murphy, Flora Purim, Joni Mitchell, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Anne Ducros, Eddie Jefferson, Sheila Jordan

 

Instrumentalists

 

Eric Dolphy, Wayne Shorter, Jack De Johnette, Paul McCandless, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane Chick Corea, Charlie Parker, Ellen Christi, Lee Morgan, Stanley Clarke, Carla Bley, John Zorn, Ralph Towner

Contacts

ReijaLang

Don´t hesitate to contact Reija – you´ll reach her easiest by e-mail.

Contacts

Hub Productions

Pitkänsillanranta 5 B

00530 Helsinki

Finland

 

Mobile: +358 50 5587471

E-mail: info (at) hubproductions.net

E-mail: info (at) reijalang.com

Distribution in Finland

Töölön Musiikkitukku Oy

Oy Vuorimiehenkatu 20

00150 Helsinki

Finland

 

Mr. Martti Heikkinen


Mobile: +358 40 5020104


E-mail: sales (at) toolonmusiikkitukku.com

E-mail: martti.heikkinen (at) toolonmusiikkitukku.com