What's Up


New album release “Uuden Oodi” in April in JazzAhead

It´s time for brand new Finnish contemporary jazz – with original Finnish lyrics. Reija Lang Miehistö will release their album “Uuden Oodi” at JazzAhead in Bremen. The band is extremely talented capturing the high esteem musicianship: Heikki Tuhkanen/trombone,  Seppo Kantonen/piano, Eero Tikkanen/double bass and André Sumelius/drums. The album features also saxophonist Mikko Innanen in a couple of tunes. The compositions come from Kantonen, Innanen and Sumelius. Reija Lang has written most of the lyrics – except one – Joensuu – that is penned by Lotta Westermarck. I´m very proud and happy to be able to share this record with the audiences. The music is very original. Hope you´ll find it touching. PS. The cover photography has been taken by Markus Niittynen, extremely talented photographer in addition to his musicianship – he´s well-known jazz pianist.


Hola! Gigs in Spain with Diego Suarez & Ricky Vivar

February takes me to Spain, to beautiful Andalucia, where I´m honored to have concerts together with top notch Spanish jazz musicians. Diego Suarez on piano and Ricky Vivar on guitar/vocals create unique rhythmic patterns in a vital manner, full of drive and feeling – and as soloists they excel with energetic melodic and rhythmic lines that blend beautifully with jazz harmonies. Diego and Ricky are respected musicians originating from Malaga Conservatory. We´ll play on Feb 26 at Alhama de Granada and on March 5 at Fuengirola – presenting a fresh program based on jazz classics with our unique trio styling. We´ll also make a visit to the legendary Regina Jam Session in Fuengirola Harbour on Feb 28. If you happen to be visiting Costa Del Sol at these times, please come to see and hear us.


  • Date

  • City

  • Venue

  • Time

  • Performing

  • Tickets

  • March 5, 2016

  • Fuengirola, Spain

  • Nuriasol

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang/Voc, Diego Suarez/Piano, Ricky Vivar/gtr

  • BUY

  • February 28, 2016

  • Fuengirola, Spain

  • Restaurant Regina

  • 18:00

  • Reija Lang/Voc, Diego Suarez/Piano, Ricky Vivar/gtr, Erkko Jussila/sax, Hannu Ruotsalainen/trp, Heikki Viinamäki/trb, Jose Serrano/double bass & guests

  • BUY

  • February 26, 2016

  • Alhama de Granada, Spain

  • Pato Loco

  • 16:00

  • Reija Lang/Voc, Diego Suarez/Piano, Ricky Vivar/gtr

  • BUY

  • February 16, 2016

  • Helsinki

  • Kruna Restaurang

  • 20:00

  • Reija Lang/voc, Lassi Kouvo/piano, Ilkka Hanski/double bass, Jonas Forsman/drs

  • BUY

  • January 30, 2016

  • Vantaa

  • Tulisuudelma

  • 22:00

  • Finnair Pilots´ Big Band feat Reija Lang/Kalle Klotz, Kojo

  • BUY


Pics & Video

Moon and Sand by Reija Lang Trio

Reija Lang & Arricone Big Band, cond Erno Tiittanen

Music & Lyrics


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




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)






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




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



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


Hub Productions Pitkänsillanranta 5 B 00530 Helsinki Finland
Mobile: +358 50 5587471
E-mail: info (at) hubproductions.net
E-mail: info (at) reijalang.com


Playground Music Oy Urho Kekkosenkatu 4-6 A, 7. Floor
00100 Helsinki Finland
Tom Pannula
Tel. +358-10-2920501