What's Up

Gigs

  • Date

  • City

  • Venue

  • Time

  • Performing

  • Tickets

  • November 13, 2010

  • Helsinki

  • Storyville

  • Magic Mix feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • November 11, 2010

  • Tampere

  • Paapan kapakka

  • Janne Engblom Trio faet. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • October 25, 2010

  • Helsinki

  • Malmitalo Concert Hall

  • 19:00

  • ZOGA; Karla Namak=voice, Zigrot Baude=violin & effects, Otzir Godot= percussion

  • BUY

  • August 20, 2010

  • Hamina

  • Elokuun Illat

  • 21:00

  • Reija Lang Trio feat. André Sumelius

  • BUY

  • August 7, 2010

  • Otava Happy Jazz Fest

  • tbc

  • Opera Big Band feat. Reija Lang: A Tribute to Anita O´Day

  • BUY

  • August 5, 2010

  • Helsinki

  • Bio Rex Jazz Terazz

  • BUY

  • July 29, 2010

  • Fondis

  • Vaasa

  • Erkko Jussila & Friends feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • July 26, 2010

  • Crusell Music Week

  • Brooklyn High feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • July 17, 2010

  • Punkaharju

  • Café Rantakiv

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang Trio: Reija Lang, voc/Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola, bass&violin/Jussi Lampela, gtr

  • BUY

  • July 10, 2010

  • Jazz Goes To Kapakka Fest. ; Hämeenlinna Hotel Emilia

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang Quartet: Reija Lang/voc, Panu Savolainen/vibes, Ilkka Hanski/double bass, Tuomas Timonen/drums

  • BUY

  • July 7, 2010

  • Juttutupa

  • 21:00

  • Reija Lang Quartet: Reija Lang, voc/Panu Savolainen, vibraphone/Ilkka Hanski, bass/Tuomas Timonen, drs

  • BUY

  • July 6, 2010

  • Helsinki

  • Jazz-Espa

  • 16:30

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • June 26, 2010

  • Kustavi

  • Peterzen´s

  • Midnight Sun Jazz with Janne Engblom Quintet

  • BUY

  • June 16, 2010

  • Juttutupa

  • 21:00

  • Wade Mikkola Quartet feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • June 9, 2010

  • Helsinki

  • Birdland Helsinki

  • 21:00

  • Jari Perkiömäki Quartet feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • May 14, 2010

  • Hämeenlinna

  • Albertin Kellari

  • 21:00

  • Reija Lang Trio: Reija Lang, voc/Petri Krzywacki, gtr/Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola,bass & violin

  • BUY

  • May 13, 2010

  • Musiikkiteatteri Kapsäkki

  • HelaJazz 2010

  • 19:00

  • HelaJazz - Focus On Vocalists - featuring Helena Siltala, Iiris Rautio, Juki Välipakka, Reija Lang, Sanni Orasmaa, Johanna Iivanainen and Aili Ikonen

  • BUY

  • May 8, 2010

  • Helsinki

  • Storyville

  • Janne Engblom Quintet feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • April 30, 2010

  • Alminsali

  • Opera House

  • 19:30

  • Opera Big Band, cond. Antti Sarpila, feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • April 19, 2010

  • Storyville

  • Reija Lang Jam Band

  • 20:00

  • Reija Lang, voc/Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola, violin/Petri Krzywacki, gtr/Wade Mikkola, bass/André Sumelius/drs

  • BUY

  • March 15, 2010

  • Helsinki

  • Malmitalo Concert Hall

  • 19:00

  • Burn Out Mama: Reija Lang, voc - Mika Mylläri, trp - Ed Jones, sax - Geoff Gascoyne, bass - Orphy Robinson, vibraphone

  • BUY

  • March 14, 2010

  • Turku

  • Turku Jazz Festival

  • 17:00

  • Burn Out Mama (FIN/UK)

  • BUY

  • March 5, 2010

  • Turku

  • Monk Jazz Club

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

  • BUY

  • January 30, 2010

  • Jyväskylä

  • Aalto Concert Hall

  • Ilmavoimien Big Band feat. Reija Lang: A Tribute to Anita O´Day

  • BUY

  • January 29, 2010

  • Ylläs Jazz Festival

  • Oulu All Stars Big Band feat. Reija Lang : A Tribute to Anita O´Day

  • BUY

  • January 21, 2010

  • Tampere

  • Paapan kapakka

  • 21:00

  • Janne Engblom Trio feat. Reija Lang - Tribute to Horace Silver: Reija Lang, voc - Janne Engblom - bass, Pekka Laine -keyboards, Antti Laine, drums

  • 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