Sanna together with her group makes a strong statement of what jazz is today. This quintet creates music that has it’s root in tradition of jazz with a mixture of the Nordic folk traditions, free improvised music and everything in between. The musical dialogue, their solid group energy, playfulness and catchy compositions draws the attention of the listener, as does the enchanting combination of delicate vocal sound with a twist of long Nordic winter’s rawness translated into music.
The album, ”Tales Of A Stranger”, has been released on October 2016 via Finnish record label Eclipse Music, and presents Sanna and four Swedish musicians from the thriving jazz scene of Stockholm. It is Sanna’s debut album and features her as a jazz vocalist, improviser and composer.
”Sanna is a very special singer, she will move you. With her quiet, naked persona and her truly honest musicianship she will take you to places and she will touch your heart. Sanna Ruohoniemi is a genuine jazz musician, true to her inner self, a seeker exploring the boundaries of her musical ability – very brave in her pursuit and certainly succesfull. This applies also to her group, they work really well together.” – Irene Sjögren 04/2016
”Sanna Ruohoniemis flexible vocalism is entirely one of a kind. This talent dares to throw herself into music which creates strikingly fine improvisations. When you encounter virtuosity and vision, this is the result.” – Juha Seitz, Pohjalainen & Ilkka 10/2016
”There are many jazz oriented female vocalists out there one wonders what they all should be doing. For one with so personal output, creative and deep expression there certainly should be a place in the field of modern Nordic jazz era.” – Jan-Erik Homberg, Hufvudstadsbladet 09/2016
”..flowing, variable and very much fun inside modern jazz idiom.” ”Seamlessly she varies between Finnish, Norwegian, English and Swedish and fast-flying scat singing. Between Norwegian blues, meandering ballad stories and bebop-wallop. A great team she has with her and a clear elastic voice. Enthusiasm floats like an autumn leaf in a fresh wind.” – Leif Carlsson, Lira 11/2016