What's Up

Gigs

  • Date

  • City

  • Venue

  • Time

  • Performing

  • Tickets

  • December 9, 2011

  • Lohja

  • Opus K.

  • 21:00

  • Reija Lang, voc - Markus Niittynen, piano - Teemu Keränen, double bass - Henrik Björklöf/drums

  • BUY

  • October 19, 2011

  • Salo

  • Salo Concert Hall

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • September 7, 2011

  • Turku

  • Sibelius-Museo

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • July 30, 2011

  • Black River Swing Festival, Mustio Mansion

  • Leo Holmgren Trio feat. The Three Voices: Monica Aspelund, Sofia Finnilä & Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • July 28, 2011

  • Vaasa

  • Fondis

  • 19:00

  • Erkko Jussila Group feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • July 24, 2011

  • Tampere; Kukkaisjazzit

  • 15:00

  • Reija Lang/voc, Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola/violin&bass, Antti Utriainen, piano

  • BUY

  • July 23, 2011

  • Punkaharju

  • Rantakivi

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • July 8, 2011

  • Baltic Jazz Festival

  • Leo Holmgren Trio feat. The Three Voices: Monica Aspelund, Sofia Finnilä, Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • June 16, 2011

  • Espoo

  • Espoo Church

  • Urkuyö & Aaria Church Festival: "Every Time I Feel The Spirit": New Wave Gospel by arranger Uwe Steinmetz: Opera Big Band feat. Reija Lang, voc & Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola, violin, conductor Jukka Linkola

  • BUY

  • June 10, 2011

  • Merikarvia

  • Merijazzit

  • Reija Lang Trio with André Sumelius

  • BUY

  • May 29, 2011

  • Tokyo, Japan

  • Pit Inn,

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • May 28, 2011

  • Yokohama, Japan

  • Dolphy

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • May 27, 2011

  • Tokyo, Japan

  • Finland Cafe

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • May 26, 2011

  • Tokyo, Japan

  • Finland Cafe

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • May 11, 2011

  • Helsinki

  • Nyyrikki

  • Leo Holmgren Trio feat. Reija Lang: Leo Holmgren/piano,Ilkka Hanski/bass, Jussi Turhala/drums, Reija Lang/voc

  • BUY

  • May 4, 2011

  • Helsinki

  • Juttutupa

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • April 30, 2011

  • Alminsali

  • The Finnish National Opera

  • Opera Big Band feat. Reija Lang, conductor Jukka Linkola

  • BUY

  • April 23, 2011

  • Helsinki

  • Storyville

  • Rhythm Hunters feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • April 22, 2011

  • Hämeenlinna

  • Albertin Kellari

  • 21:00

  • Janne Engblom Trio feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • April 20, 2011

  • Tampere

  • Paapan kapakka

  • Janne Engblom Trio feat. Reija Lang: Janne Engblom/bass, Pekka Laine/piano, Antti Laine/drums, Reija Lang/voc

  • BUY

  • April 2, 2011

  • Murmansk, Russia

  • Arctic Jazz Festival, Park Inn

  • Reija Lang Trio: Reija Lang/voc, Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola/bass and violin, Antti Utriainen/piano

  • BUY

  • April 1, 2011

  • Murmansk, Russia

  • Arctic Jazz Festival

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • March 27, 2011

  • Mäntykoti/Taavetti

  • Commander´s Gang feat. Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • March 25, 2011

  • Turku

  • Monk,

  • Janne Engblom Trio feat. Reija Lang, playing New Standards

  • BUY

  • March 18, 2011

  • Helsinki

  • Kanneltalo Concert Hall

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • BUY

  • February 16, 2011

  • Forssa

  • Tyykijazz

  • Reija Lang Trio, venue: Restaurant Status in Forssa

  • BUY

  • February 5, 2011

  • Vaasa

  • Doo Bop Club

  • Reija Lang Trio

  • 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