origin
Finland

line up
3 musicians on stage

booking territory
DE, AT, CH, PT and on request

availability
all year

current CD
»Savu« 2017

label, distribution
May 5, 2017 Nordic Notes
(Rockadillo Records, 2015)

Ilkka Heinonen Trio

The almost forgotten jouhikko (Finnish bowed lyre) is reborn in an urban context, fusing ancient traditions with contemporary influences by a dynamic, visionary trio.

Ilkka Heinonen Trio combines the ancient sounds of the Finnish jouhikko with a diverse range of contemporary influences, pushing the instrument into exciting new musical territories. The unique combination of instruments enables the trio to explore new ground and create their own distinctive sound, drawing on elements from jazz, folk, and world music.

Ilkka Heinonen leads from the jouhikko with echoes of old traditional melodies juxtaposed by contemporary improvisation and newly developed techniques for the instrument. Nathan Riki Thomson’s double bass provides earthy grooves and subtle textures with influences from Africa to Nordic lands, all complimented by the virtuosic percussive pallet of Mikko Hassinen on drums and electronics.

The members of the trio are all highly regarded artists in their own rite and have been heard with many world-renowned groups including: Värttinä, UMO jazz orchestra, Antonio Forcione Quartet, Adriano Adewale Group, Nathan Riki Thomson Subsonic Ensemble, Jouhiorkesteri, Ruuti, Teija Niku & Grupa Balkan, Eero Koivistoinen, Pepa Päivinen, Raoul Björkenheim, Severi Pyysalo, Jukka Perko, Jimi Tenor, Viktoria Tolstoy, David Liebman, Randy Weston, Tomasz Stanko and Frank Marocco, Pekko Käppi, Timo Alakotila, Johanna Juhola and Milla Viljamaa and Göksel Baktagir.