Johanna Juhola Reaktori
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Johanna Juhola Reaktori

Helsinki, Central Finland, Finland | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

Helsinki, Central Finland, Finland | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
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"Johanna Juhola Reaktori live at NCEM, York"

I look forward to hearing more of Johanna Juhola Reaktori and I hope these extraordinarily talented musicians continue to synthesise their unique and potent sound. - Desmond Clarke, April 2013 / Making Tracks blog

"Johanna Juhola Reaktori live at The Stables, Milton Keynes, April 2013"

Johanna Juhola Reaktori are certainly an original and joyful band to behold. Their spirit and uniqueness make them a must-see for any tango lover, or anyone who simply appreciates ingenious and skilled musicianship…
- Charmaine White, April 2013 / Making Tracks blog

"Johanna Juhola Reaktori live at RIch Mix, London, April 2013"

With quirkiness and originality in both their music and stage presence, the captivating Johanna Juhola and her Reaktori are a treat for tango- and folk-lovers alike.
- Craig Macartney, April 2013 / Making Tracks blog

"Johanna Juhola Reaktori live at RIch Mix, London, April 2013"

Johanna Juhola Reaktori who provided some much needed injection of joy and light-hearted humour through an incredible sonic and visual performance to the watching audience at Rich Mix, London last Tuesday night...
The combination of a folk/tango band with a rapper and augmented with electronic beats goes to show that the sky is the limit when it comes to creative inspiration for the band. - Andrew Chua, April 2013 / Making Tracks blog

"Johanna Juhola Reaktori live at Colston Hall, Bristol, April 2013"

The visual impact is immediate, thanks to boldly coloured costumes in turquoise, green and red that give the effect of a Pixar-designed team of Finnish superheroes whose special powers, it emerges, are musical brilliance, ease with strangers and witty imagination…
There's a contradiction between Juhola's relaxed body language and amused expression and the furious scrabble of her fingers across the accordion buttons, an essentially relaxed figure making a musical whirlwind that evokes folk tradition, hard bopping jazz, classical formalities and Jerry Lee Lewis, all at the same time.
- Tony Benjamin / The Bristol Post 15.4.2013

"Johanna Juhola Trio at World Rhythm Fest 2013, Östersund"

Johanna captivates and seduces the audience with her virtuoso accordion playing and charmingly humorous small talk…
Accordion playing at its hottest!
- Johannes Adolfsson / 3.3.2013

"Johanna Juhola Rekatori: The Limits of Tango -performance review"

Refreshing, different, magical, young, pearl of world music. - Hanne Orrenmaa, Ilkka 8.7.2011

"Johanna Juhola: Fantasiatango album review"

Thanks to this naughty innovator, the tango’s lifespan has been extended by at least another century. - Ton Maas, Ode Magazine, Spring 2011 issue

"Johanna Juhola Reaktori: Tango Roto Live album review"

You could compare the listening experiense to reading a Gabriel Garcia Marquez book. - Antti Karkiainen, Suomen Kuvalehti 4.2.2011

"Johanna Juhola Reaktori: Tango Roto Live album review"

Accordionist, composer Johanna Juhola with her Reaktori band offers an outstanding set of tango nuevo on her new live album. An enviable lightness dominates in an imaginary tango world. This is tango! - Kaisa Pastila, Anna, Janyary 2011

"Kraft Duo album review"

Johanna Juhola is not only an extraordinarily talented and multifaceted accordion player and composer, one of Finland’s musical leading lights, she’s also become hyperactively prolific in her writing for and playing with a slew of duo and groupline-ups and the several albums a year they release between them.
- Andrew Cronshaw, fRoots 2010

"Tango Roto Show review"

To get an ensemble like this (Johanna Juhola Reaktori) to make the music is a real jackpot for any performance. Johanna Juhola is not only one of our leading accordion artists but a charismatic performer as well.
(review of Tango Roto show, music by Johanna Juhola Reaktori) - Tove Djupsjöbacka / Huvudstadsbladet 15.9.2009

"Tango Roto Show review"

The best part of this tango show is the orchestra. A tip for friends of Argentinean tango Nuevo: the band in the Tango Roto show is excellent. Johanna Juhola Reaktori performs the compositions of Johanna Juhola and Milla Viljamaa with phenomenal skill and wonderful passion.
(Tango Roto Show review, music by Johanna Juhola Reaktori) - Mika Saarelainen / Helsingin Sanomat 14.9.2009

"Johanna Juhola: Miette album review"

Accordionist Johanna Juhola’s first solo album is wonderful. There is skilful playing, imaginative compositions and arrangements, humour, surprises, sensitivity, originality…. Johanna’s music is golden-rimmed and sunny. - Arja Kangasniemi / Trad (music magazine) 4/2006

"Johanna Juhola: Miette album review"

Johanna Juhola follows her own path as a musician and composer and gives new features to accordion as an instrument. - Kimmo Mattila / Hanuri 2/2006

"Johanna Juhola: Miette album review"

Juhola is, along with Kimmo Pohjonen and Maria Kalaniemi, one of the great innovators of accordion music. Disruptions are contrasted to beauty, storm to calm, childhood to aging and cheerfulness to pomposity. Unforgettable and impossibly beautiful. - Tero Salonen / Anna 15.6.2006

"Johanna Juhola: Fantasiatango album review"

The music reminds me of Edward Scissorhands, amusement parks, Buenos Aires tango halls, dark conifer forests and Pippi Longstocking in a toy store. It is at times spirited, at times sad, and at times mystic. As a whole the album it is carefully crafted and intelligent. With enough skill rules can be broken imaginatively. Fantasy tango lives up to its title. When you wish to escape reality, Fantasy tango takes you on a rich mental and musical journey. Try it while waiting for a train or a flight. - Risto Haapsamo / Kaleva 25.2.2010

"Johanna Juhola: Fantasiatango album review"

Fantasiatango (Fantasy tango) is the composition that Johanna Juhola performed in the Eurovision Song contest semi-finals while lifted up near the ceiling of the hall. The same Fantasiatango is now the title of Juhola’s second solo album, and it describes precisely what Juhola’s music is about: fantasy and tango. Echoes of Argentinean Tango Nuevo mix with somewhat naïve amusement park feel, evoking rich images. - Pirkko Kotirinta / Helsingin Sanomat 14.3.2010

"Johanna Juhola: Fantasiatango album review"

Johanna Juhola is a graduate of the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department, a creative accordionist whose second solo album Fantasiatango (Fantasy tango) is a gold strike. The title sums up the essential: this is tango-based, fresh and joyous fantasy music. The album is full of exuberant colors, clever tricks and gentle playfulness. - Markus Luukkonen / Etelä-Suomen Sanomat 27.2.2010


JOHANNA JUHOLA: FANTASIATANGO 2 (Johanna Juhola 2012, Skycap Records 2014)



JOHANNA JUHOLA: MIETTE (Texicalli Records 2006)



Johanna Juhola: accordion

Tuomas Norvio: live electronics, samples

Milla Viljamaa: piano, harmonium, vocals

Sara Puljula: double bass, vocals

Charismatic and playful accordionista Johanna Juhola conjures a magical world that blends Buenos Aires tango halls with dark Finnish forest landscapes. Laced with both melancholic nostalgia and uplifting exuberance, Johannas music is an original blend of contemporary tango and inventive use of electronica. A well-known face on the Finnish music scene, her openening piece commissioned for the 2007 Eurovision song contest was watched by tens of millions around the world. Johannas innovative performances with her quartet Reaktori captivate with their musical wizardry and cheeky theatricality.

Juhola has released three solo albums Miette (Texicalli Records 2006), Fantasiatango (Texicalli Records 2010) and Fantasiatango 2 (Johanna Juhola Music 2012). Johanna Juhola Reaktori has also released a live CD Tango Roto Live (Johanna Juhola Music 2010). 

"Thanks to this naughty innovator, the tango's lifespan has been extended by at least another century."

"Their spirit and uniqueness make them a must-see for any tango lover, or anyone who simply appreciates ingenious and skilled musicianship"

"Refreshing, different, magical, young, pearl of world music."

"Johanna Juhola has been called one of the most interesting innovators of accordion music in Finland"

Johanna Juhola Reaktori live at The Stables, Milton Keynes, UK

Johanna Juhola & Promoe (SE): Bipolar Tango - music video (2013)

Johanna Juhola Reaktori: Olavi - music video (2012)

Johanna Juhola Reaktori: The Limits of Tango -show at Cumbre Mundial del Tango -festival, Seinajoki, FI (2011)

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