What's Up

Gigs

  • Date

  • City

  • Venue

  • Time

  • Performing

  • Tickets

  • December 14, 2013

  • Helsinki

  • Nyyrikki

  • 21:30

  • Reija Lang Christmas Jazz Special

  • BUY

  • December 7, 2013

  • Helsinki

  • Sture Jazz Club

  • 19:30

  • Reija Lang & Lassi Kouvo Trio

  • BUY

  • November 21, 2013

  • Helsinki

  • Olipa Kerran

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang & Antti Utriainen Duo

  • BUY

  • October 26, 2013

  • Hainan, China

  • Sheraton Haikou Resort

  • 19:00

  • Performing: Reija Lang New Trio

  • BUY

  • October 18, 2013

  • Helsinki

  • Papa Albert

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang & Antti Utriainen Duo

  • BUY

  • September 22, 2013

  • Helsinki

  • Savoy Theatre

  • 18:00

  • Reija Lang & Arricone Big Band, featuring Riku Niemi: The Music of Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley. New album release concert.

  • BUY

  • September 6, 2013

  • Helsinki

  • Nyyrikki

  • 20:00

  • Reija Lang Gang feat Riku Niemi (Riku Niemi/vibraphone, Reija Lang/voc, Jari Kanninen/piano, Teemu Keränen/double bass)

  • BUY

  • August 31, 2013

  • Stadin Slangi jazz Cruise

  • 18:00

  • Reija Lang, voc/William Suvanne, altosax/Mikael Jakobsson, piano/Sampo Tiittanen, bass/Mikael Seire, drums

  • BUY

  • August 10, 2013

  • Punkaharju

  • Cafe Rantakivi

  • 20:00

  • Reija Lang Trio: Reija Lang/voc, Jukka Uljas/tenorsax, Jari Kanninen/piano

  • BUY

  • August 3, 2013

  • Hakaniemen tori

  • 10:00

  • Ilkka Hanski Trio feat Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • July 27, 2013

  • Uukuniemi/Kummun kylä

  • Reija Lang/voc, William Suvanne/altosax, Jari Kanninen/piano

  • BUY

  • July 25, 2013

  • Vaasa

  • Fondis

  • 19:00

  • Reija Lang with Erkko Jussila & Friends

  • BUY

  • July 20, 2013

  • Cafe Rantakivi

  • Reija Lang New Trio

  • BUY

  • June 1, 2013

  • Nyyrikki

  • 21:00

  • Tribute to Wilson/Adderley, Reija Lang/voc, Erno Tiittanen/trp, William Suvanne/altosax, Jari Kanninen/piano, Timo Tuppurainen/double bass, Teemu Eronen/drs

  • BUY

  • May 25, 2013

  • Helsinki

  • Espan Lava

  • Arricone Big Band feat Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • April 30, 2013

  • Alminsali

  • The Finnish National Opera

  • In the Spirit of Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson, with Opera Big Band, conductor Erno Tiittanen

  • BUY

  • April 18, 2013

  • Tampere

  • Paapan kapakka

  • Janne Engblom Trio feat Reija Lang

  • BUY

  • April 13, 2013

  • Helsinki

  • Nyyrikki

  • 21:00

  • Reija Lang MIEHISTÖ - first preview of the coming albumReija Lang/voc, Ari Jokelainen/altosax, Seppo Kantonen/piano, Eero Tikkanen/double bass, André Sumelius/drums

  • BUY

  • March 24, 2013

  • Lohja

  • Laurentius-sali

  • 19:00

  • In the Spirit of Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson, with Lohja Big Band, conductor Eugen Stenman

  • BUY

  • March 2, 2013

  • Savoy Theatre

  • The Music of Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola, 60 years fest

  • BUY

  • February 16, 2013

  • Helsinki

  • Nyyrikki

  • Reija Lang New 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