SANNA RUOHONIEMI – Courageous and free sound of modern Nordic jazz
Album ”Tales Of A Stranger” released 7th of October 2016
”There are many jazz oriented female vocalists out there one wonders what they all should be doing. For one with so personal, creative and deep expression there certainly should be a place in the field of modern Nordic jazz.” – Jan-Erik Holmberg, Hufvudstadsbladet 09/2016
2016 – What a beautiful year – full of life, love, lessons (learned) and music! Feeling grateful and happy for every bit of it and now embracing the new one with open arms and crazy excitement!
Happy New Year You All & my warmest thanks for being part of this journey; supporting, coming to gigs, listening the music, buying record(s), interacting, creating music with me and just being there for me! Without sharing this all with others it would be pointless.
Finnish jazzblogger Jazzpossu writes celebrating review of Tales Of A Stranger
Read the whole review in here
Pohjalainen gives five stars for Tales Of A Stranger!!!
“Tales Of A Stranger open-mindedly navigates into the different traditions of jazz, where the creative gladness makes justice to itself. Especially Bennets sax trills and Yeos vibrant guitar turns into a sparkling dialogue.”
“Sanna Ruohoniemis flexible vocalism is entirely one of a kind. This talent dares to throw herself into music, which creates a strikingly fine improvisations. When you encounter virtuosity and vision, this is the result.”
Great review of Tales Of A Stranger in Salon Seudun Sanomat:
On Vasabladet last week:
Listen and order Tales Of A Stranger via here
Listen on iTunes
TALES OF A STRANGER — First record release concert next week, 5th of October, takes place in my dear old hometown, Helsinki at Rytmihäiriöklubi, Juttutupa
Few thoughts an bit of background of these ’tales’:
After moving away from home, living and studying abroad, I started to naturally reflect more on my past experiences. I didn’t know it at the beginning, but upon exploring from a wider perspective, it’s clear that these past two year of studies have made me reflect on all my experiences of being a musician and discovering music as a whole.
The journey has been versatile, has had twists and turns, but big things have happened to me and my life during this two-year period of studying in three different environments. In these two years, I have undergone many changes: change of place, school, people I am surrounded by, teachers, musicians I play with, but also changes in my focus in who I am and what I carry in my musical background. This has all contributed to what am I singing about on this record and why.
It’s been quite an experience already to make this record happen, I’m happy and grateful and looking forward to play this music live. I’m also really glad to bring my Swedish band to Finland to play! Hope to see many of you in our concerts!
TALES OF A STRANGER –RECORD RELEASE 5/10 2016
The record is done and its here and its ready to be released!
We are going on album release tour both Finland and Sweden on October and later on this year:
5.10 Helsinki, Rytmihäiriöklubi, Juttutupa
6.10 Pietarsaari, Jazzoo, O’Learys
7.10 Kokkola, Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory
8.10 Vaasa, Doobop-club
11.10 Stockholm, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Scalateatern
27.10 Stockholm, Sta Clara
10.11 Stockholm, Jazz på Hellsten, Hotel Hellsten
16.11 Uppsala, Almtuna church
I cannot even tell how excited and thankful I am of all this process. It’s been an adventure until now and I’m looking forward what’s there ahead of me next! Really happy to get my record out there, excited to play this music to You and also to be able to tour with these great musicians who made this all real and happen with me (the guys from my band haven’t been in Finland, yet!).
Hope to see as many of you there in the concerts! Warmly welcome!
Germany turné !!!
Heading tomorrow to Berlin for two weeks! Playing my music with wonderful people for four concerts. After these gigs I will be singing in Antje Rößeler’s group for four nights more in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany.
29.7 Terzo Mondo http://www.terzomondo.de/event/sanna-ruohoniemi-trio/
30.7 Café Tasso http://sinnewerk.de/kal.html?stempel=1467324000&orte=tasso#anker
With Antje Rößeler’s group:
5.8 Schlot, Berlin
6.8 Schlot, Berlin
7.8 Saxstall, Phorsdorf
8.8 Blue Note, Dresden
9.-10.8 Recordings in Berlin
On Thursday we are playing some Finnish & Swedish traditional songs from jazz / schlager songbook with new cool arrangements + some of my own tunes also from the record that’s going to be released on October!
5 FOLK FESTIVAL at Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Thursday 21/7 kl 19:00 it is. Free entry! Welcome Stockholm people! 🙂
Enjoying lovely summer and preparing for upcoming concerts; soon traveling to the North of Sweden, Luleå, to play (I even take my violin with me!). Then two concerts in Sweden and after that traveling to Germany to play and record. Really happy and grateful for these opportunities and to get to work with different kind of projects and great musicians!
Things also look really good for my coming album release: The co-operation with sound engineer Erik Metal has been great, and I’m really happy of the result how the record sounds. AND: I have made a record deal with Finnish record label, the first and the best option that I could have imagined, which is going to release my debut album on October! I’m super glad about this and so excited to see what kind of receive it will have! Also excited to travel to Finland to play with my Swedish band.
Stay tuned for the exciting things ahead! 🙂
Summer gigs updated! Check out more on LIVE -section.
I was interviewed by Laura Santala to this weeks 26/5 Ruotsin Suomalainen magazine.
We played at New Sound Made -festival, Södra teatern, Stockholm on 18th of May. Here’s some sample of that for you to listen:
Concerts next week in Stockholm:
12.5 Lunchconcert at Kulturhuset, Ekoteket, with my band, kl 12.00
12.5 Concert at Hotel Hellsten (with Antje Rößeler, Frederik Bülow and Tom-Eddye Nordén) kl 19.00 – jam after concert
13.5 Jazz at Hotel Strand (with Liselotte Östblom and Jonny Ek) kl 17-21
Had a great collaboration concert with musicians of my band and dancers Tove Brunberg and Anna Ehnberg last week 28/4 at UusiTeatteri. We continue with this collaboration on coming summer / autumn, as we have two events coming at Scala teatern, Stockholm, on August 2016.
Many sort of things happening here within the coming spring! Have had really nice gigs with my band and with pianist Joel Lyssarides. Also last week we recorded our album, which is going to be released in october 2016! I’m into this project with all my heart and soul, so just enjoying and feeling excitement and joy of all the steps of the process and working with and for it the best I can. Of course couldn’t do this alone, big thanks goes to my band and other ”medverkande”.
Record release turné is going to take us to round Finland and Sweden, also to Estonia – hopefully in Norway and Denmark too! Booking is still on.
This week I have a special honor to play at Jan Wallander pricet -ceremony with Joel Lyssarides on piano. Looking forward! Meanwhile, don’t forget this:
Concert at Fasching 29/2 2016
Pics by Henrika Kurkimäki.
FASCHING on 29th of February, kl 20:30!
I am ready and set and so much thrilled to play at one of the most significant jazz venues of Sweden! We will be playing my original tunes, including both old and new material that’s just been composed and rehearsed with my band, which includes these great musicians: David Bennet, sax; Andy Yeo, guitar; Jonas Grumstedt, bass and Simon Andersson, drums.
Be sure not to miss this!
Otherwise been busy rehearsing for the recordings & gigs. Before Fasching I’m playing three concerts next week, one with my quartet and two with Joel Lyssarides on piano. More info aboutthose on the LIVE -section.
Happy new year !!!
After a wonderful christmas break back home in Finland, I landed to Stockholm and it already feels like I never went away. Have lots of fascinating things ahead me, which I’m really excited about!
I’m now working on my FIRST ALBUM which is going to be released on this years autumn! I cannot tell much more right now, but there’s going to be some really interesting guests with our familiar Stockholm quartet playing on our album!
There’s going to be some really nice concerts also in the near future: first big one ahead is at Stockholms biggest jazz club FASCHING on 29th of February, where we’re going to introduce some ”tastes” of the coming album also.
Wish You a wonderful beginning of the year, may your dreams be greater than your fears! 🙂
Had great november concerts here in Aarhus and also spent one day in studio. Some demos coming up soon!
Aarhus turné coming up this week 27.11-30.11.
I’m thrilled to play three concerts in Aarhus next week! The quartet consists with local musicians (Jens Mikkel, bass and Frederik Bülow, drums) and one from my original Swedish group (David Bennet, alto sax). It is exciting to see how these songs of mine will turn out with this band setting. See more info from the LIVE -section about the concert dates and places.
Now that even whole Aarhus is covered with snow, I want to sum up my autumn period in here.
I must say the fall has been more than interesting with all the Danish vibe added from school, local music, playing with locals and just enjoying, studying and living life here in Aarhus. It’s been really different autumn in many ways for me and I’m more than happy to sing and play my music I’ve wrote to people. I’ve been very much inspired to sit in front of piano and compose new material for my up coming album next year. And I’m more than happy to sing and play those tunes now to people that I’ve been writing. I’ve have had the most valuable lessons here at school that I could imagine, for which I’m already so grateful to have experienced. Thanks goes for Søren Nørbo, Jakob Buchanan, Bebiane Bøje and Christian Vuust.
The music I’ve written seems to withdraw it’s feeling from somewhere more deeper layers now. I’m more aware of the intuitive side of mine and the directions to take. The texts I write usually comes quite quick and feels natural. I’m not that afraid anymore to say things out loud that I strongly believe in. I think I’ve come to the point where I can honestly look at myself, hear myself and see the authentic me in the music I’ve wrote and how I express it on the stage. Sure there’s always so much to learn, that keeps me humble and down to earth. 🙂
The topics of the music and the lyrics are really much together, consisting life lessons I have been put to go through or that I really needed and wanted to face myself. Hopefully also some lessons learned. The basic of the stories is always the love and the joy of living. And the reminder for mostly myself (among hopefully for some listener too:)) is that life is exceptional thing. We should really jump in it while we are here. Discover our fears and deepest dreams, wants and passions. Strive up the good in us and open ourselves for the possibilities.
Hope to see many faces at our Aarhus gigs! You’re most warmly welcome.
Here’s some picture taken after our Hellsten gig at Stockholm. Have really good wibe from these fine musicians, it was (again) pleasure to play with them!
Next week: STOCKHOLM!!… Jazz på Hellsten… Solo concert… Duo concerts with amazing pianist Joel Lyssarides…
Playing four concert in Stockholm and nearby from 5th of November to 8th of November. Check out more info from LIVE -section.
Here’s the add of the Jazz på Hellsten -concerts. We play there on Thursday 5th of November kl 20-22. So happy to be re-united with my Swedish quartet to play and excited to try out the new songs that I’ve been preparing in the autumn period!
Greetings from Aarhus, Denmark!
After playing few gigs in Aalborg, Denmark, I landed to Aarhus. The past month living and studying here has already been full of fascinating and great experiences, people and studies! After settling here, I’ve been playing with many great musicians and also having pleasure to take part of interesting projects and play few concerts. One of those took place on 23th of September when I had the joy to play a concert with a great Danish pianist & composer Søren Nørbo and a fellow student saxophonist Benjamin Hermans from Belgium.
Check out the LIVE -section, there’s some new updates! Next concert already on Saturday 3.10.2015 and after that I’m excited to sing some Brazilian music with konservatoriums big band! All in all – full of urge to SING and ideas to compose new songs – exciting things happening and for sure coming up! Say tuned!
Enjoying Finnish summer in Helsinki. Next week I’m off to Denmark to play three concerts at Blå festival, Aalborg. So excited! Check out LIVE for details & come to listen, if you’re somewhere nearby!
New recordings from our quartet. Love this beautiful ballad, and love my band!
Check out the rest of the recordings from here: http://soundcloud.com/sannaruohoniemi
New album coming on spring 2016!
After some traveling and touring…
The past two-three weeks has been full of amazing experiences for me. I got the chance to participate in annual IASJ which was held this year in lovely settings in Lisbon, Portugal and had the joy to meet and play with great jazz musicians all over the world. During this week we had masterclasses, ensembles and every night jam sessions. In the end we had ensemble concert and played original compositions of the members of our group, mine ”Tale of a stranger” included!
After couple of days at home in Helsinki I flew to Berlin to tour with our German-Swedish(-Finnish)-project Sven Icke and had three gigs in Berlin and two around Dresden. What a week! Great gigs, lovely venues, friendly precious staff & people!
Soon it’s time so say goodbye to lovely Stockholm and people in here. But only for a while – I will be back soon! I have enjoyed my time in here so much and got to know and play with so many wonderful musicians, met genuine, open, warmhearted people and got guidance from very wise teachers with a wide knowledge and views of music and life in general. I could not be more thankful and happier to start the summer! Stay tuned for the events of the summer, there’s going to lots of things happening. First a lovely gig with a ”American Songbook” as a theme on 7.6 starting from klo 14.00 at Koskenranta. Janne Levy on piano! Welcome!
Sanna Ruohoniemi Trio konsertoi tiistaina 5. toukokuuta Tukholman ytimessä, Kulturhusetissa! // Concert at Kulturhuset!
We are ready and eager to play at Stockholms hjärta – Kulturhuset, at Ekoteket! So happy to be part of the promotional concert serie of Kungliga Musikhögskolans annual jazz festival New Sound Made with this awesome group of mine. The concert will take place at the daytime kl 12.00.
On Thursday I’ll be traveling to Finland, and on Sunday 10.5 we have a concert at Arkadia Bookshop with Antje Rößeler (piano) kl 14.00.
In the meanwhile… Time flies! Enjoy the precious moment! 🙂
Huumaava Tukholman keväinen vehreys! // Lovely spring here in Stockholm!
Great concerts last week, and also tonight with so fine Filipe Raposo on piano at UT Bud, UusiTeatteri. Tack ska ni ha; Jukka, Satu, Anna-Maija och Pekka. Det var trevligt igen och många härliga människor som jag träffades idag!
Also LIVE part updated! Next venue at Staten Musikverk / Biblioteket, Bonnier hus, Torsgatan 21, Stockholm, klo 16.00. Welcome!
Tällä viikolla mm. konserttitreenit trion ja tanssija Tove Brunbergin kanssa. Uuden edessä – niin mahtavaa, haasteellista ja inspiroivaa! Pääsin myös kertomaan konserteistani ja arjesta Tukholmassa sekä Sisuradioon että Ruotsin Suomalainen -lehdelle.
Konsertit siis tiistaina UusiTeatterissa klo 19 (Hälsingegatan 3) ja keskiviikkona lounaskonsertin merkeissä Kungliga Musikhögskolanilla, pienessä salissa. Ei muuta kuin lautalla kohti Tukholmaa… 🙂
Some new concert venues in Stockholm – kaksi konserttia tulossa heti pääsiäisen jälkeen!
Oooo I am a lucky girl! Living my dream and really excited of everything that’s coming up! Two concerts coming right after easter, tuesday 7.4 and Wednesday 8.4, which are quite special for me. I have a chance to sing with these really splendid musicians Samuel Löfdahl and Simon Andersson. First we play at UusiTeatteri (Hälsingegatan 3, metro: Odenplan) on Tuesday 7.4 at 7 pm. There we also have amazingly talented and expressive dancer Tove Brunberg joining us on the stage. Really looking forward what’s going to happen! After that we play a lunchconcert at Kungliga Musikhögskolan on Wednesday 8.4 klo 12.30 (KMH Lilla Salen, Lidingövägen 12, metro: Stadion). Both concerts are free! Come to hear us if you have a chance.
Kevään uudet tuulet ja duo!
Pohjanmaa hoi! Meillä on vastikään perustettu duo Etelä-Pohjanmaalla laajasti musiikin kentällä toimivan mahtavan ja monipuolisen kitarataiturin, Antti Honkasen kanssa. Uutta ohjelmistoa kesän keikoille treenataan ensi viikolla saapuessani lakeuksille!
Tack för idag!
Ensimmäinen keikka Tukholmassa takana. Kiitos UusiTeatteri, yleisö ja erityisesti teatterin henkilöstö – Jukka, Pekka, Anna-Maija ja Satu.Oli lämminhenkinen ilta, upeat puitteet ja kerrassaan loisto palvelu! Saatiin ihanaa ja kiitollista palautetta ja kaikenlaisia ideoita mielessä tulevan kevään varalle.
Tervetuloa upouusille sivuilleni jotka sain vihdoin puskettua eetteriin. Tällä hetkellä päivitän kuulumisiani ihanasta Tukholmasta! Kaikenlaista jännää luvassa täällä Ruotsinmaalla. Stay tuned!