Sanna Kurki-Suonio Trio

Sanna Kurki-Suonio Trio


Scandinavian songbird Sanna Kurki-Suonio is best known for her work with Hedningarna in the '90's. Her new CD "Huria" is getting rave reviews, including 4 starts in Songlines. It was awarded Etno-Emma, Finland's Grammy for the World Music album of the Year.


SANNA KURKI-SUONIO: Huria Rockadillo ZENCD 2115 / Westpark Music 87152

The new Sanna Kurki-Suonio CD Huria was rush-released in her home market Finland in time for Christmas, and will be available elsewhere in Europe in early 2008. Westpark Music in Cologne released it for Germany-Austria-Switzerland in January, while the CD entered World Music Charts Europe at No. 18. In Finland Huria received in March the Etno-Emma award – a local Grammy – for Best World Music CD of the Year.

In some ways Huria can been seen as a follow-up to Sanna Kurki-Suonio & Riitta Huttunen’s album Kainuu (2004) as many of the traditional songs are again 100 years old tunes from Finland’s north-eastern Kainuu region. But where Kainuu was pure folklore, Huria sounds like contemporary acoustic folk or World music. There are also some great original tunes by the band members, most notably maybe the very catchy Matkalla. The new CD was produced very tastefully by Tapani Rinne of electro jazz band RinneRadio and he kept the sound minimalistic and true to the roots. Huria is acoustic and organic, but somehow it sounds very modern, too. It is worth noting that Tapani Rinne was also the producer behind Kimmo Pohjonen’s and Wimme’s breakthrough albums a few years ago.

Sanna Kurki-Suonio is a unique talent, a singer who understands the rich tradition of her instrument but who is also interested in exploring contemporary styles and techniques. Sanna is internationally best known for her career with Swedish folk rock band Hedningarna. She sang and played on and composed for Hedningarna's three most successful albums, Kaksi (1992), Trä (1994) and Karelia Visa (1999), and performed with the band all over the world for more than eight years. Sanna's first solo album Musta was released internationally in 1998 and got excellent reviews. After her solo album she toured USA and Europe with Swedish viola player Magnus Stinnerbom, composed the Kalevala 150th Anniversary concert with Finnish rock star A.W. Yrjänä and sang on recordings by a.o. Pekka Lehti, Transjoik, Frode Fjellheim and Tapiola Chamber Choir.

Riitta Huttunen graduated from the folk music department of Sibelius Academy in 1995. She also studied koto playing in Japan and West-Javanese music and dance in Indonesia. She has worked as a kantele player in many folk music and kantele ensembles since 1985 and has performed in Russia, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, USA, Hungary, Mexico and Greece. Riitta researched and edited the book Kainuun laulukirja (Songbook from Kainuu) in 2001, which gave Sanna the inspiration for their duo as well as for the Kainuu recording.

Jari Lappalainen is a multi-instrumentalist, based in Joensuu, North Carelia. He specializes in percussion, but also plays many string instruments. For the album as well as on stage he uses many interesting pieces of kitchenware for percussion. Jari also plays with the band Folkswagen and he writes and plays music for many theater productions. When he hooked up with Sanna and Riitta in early 2006, the Sanna Kurki-Suonio Trio was born.


Latest releases:
Sanna Kurki-Suonio & Riitta Huttunen: Kainuu (Rockadillo Records 2004)
Sanna Kurki-Suonio: Huria (Rockadillo Records 2007, Westpark Music 2008)

Set List

Songs from Kainuu region in Finland from about 100 years ago. As arranged by Sanna Kurki-Suonio on her latest albums "Huria" and "Kainuu". The set also includes original tunes by the artist.