What's Up

Gigs

  • Date

  • City

  • Venue

  • Time

  • Performing

  • Tickets

  • December 18, 2009

  • Hämeenlinna

  • Albertin Kellari

  • 21:00

  • Janne Engblom Trio feat. Reija Lang: A Tribute to Horace Silver

  • BUY

  • December 16, 2009

  • Viiskulma

  • Primula

  • 20:30

  • Reija Lang, voc - Risto Oinaala, trp - Henri Mäntylä, piano- Sampo Tiittanen,bass - Timo Valkamo, drums

  • BUY

  • December 11, 2009

  • Lohja

  • Opus K.

  • Christmas Jam Session with Lohja jazz musicians

  • BUY

  • September 25, 2009

  • Tampere

  • Paapan kapakka

  • 21:00

  • Reija Lang-voc, Petri Ahjokoski-gtr, Anu Ahjokoski-bass, Jari Kantonen-drums

  • BUY

  • September 19, 2009

  • Sammatti

  • Spa Päiväkumpu

  • tbc

  • Lohja Big Band feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • September 18, 2009

  • Lappeenranta

  • Lappeenranta Concert Hall

  • 19:00

  • Pianist/composer Niilo Isomäki´s concert: Lauluja Lappeenrannasta, songs inspired by Lappeenranta history and legends

  • BUY

  • August 19, 2009

  • Helsinki

  • Primula, Viiskulma

  • 20:30

  • Reija Lang/voc, Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola/violin, Gimer/piano, Ilkka Hanski/bass, Timo Valkamo/drums

  • BUY

  • August 14, 2009

  • Saksala

  • Art Center Saksala

  • 20:00

  • Tritones: Reija Lang-voc, Fred Ahlberg-gtr&mandolin, Ilkka Hanski-bass

  • BUY

  • August 7, 2009

  • Sammatti

  • 18:00

  • ELIJAZZ, Risto Oinaala Quartet feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • August 5, 2009

  • Helsinki

  • Bio Rex Jazz Terazz

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang Quartet: Reija Lang-voc, Panu Savolainen-vibes, Ilkka Hanski-bass, Tuomas Timonen-drums Music of Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Lee Morgan

  • BUY

  • July 8, 2009

  • Hästöskata

  • Kronoby

  • 21:00

  • Mårten Holm, Mika Mylläri Reija Lang med mera fina musiker "Tribute to Daizies"

  • BUY

  • July 1, 2009

  • Helsinki

  • Storyville

  • 20:00

  • U-Trio feat. Reija LangAntti Utriainen, piano/Sampo Tiittanen, basso/Tomi Saikkonen, drums

  • BUY

  • June 5, 2009

  • Uusikaupunki

  • Factory Jazz & Blues

  • tbc

  • Risto Oinaala Band feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • April 30, 2009

  • Alminsali

  • Opera House

  • 20:00

  • Celebrating VAPPU! Opera Big Band feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • April 2, 2009

  • Helsinki

  • Storyville

  • 22:00

  • U-Trio feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • February 18, 2009

  • Viiskulma

  • Primula

  • 20:30

  • Risto Oinaala Band feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • January 31, 2009

  • Uusi Paviljonki

  • Grankulla

  • 15:00

  • Happy Winter Swing: Grani Big Band feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • January 25, 2009

  • Grand

  • Porvoo

  • 18:00

  • Happy Winter Swing: Grani Big Band feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY



Collaboration

Pics & Video

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

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