Sinikka Langeland will celebrate her debut at Jazzfest Berlin with a presentation of her latest work in the atmospheric ambience of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which seems predestined for her meditative sounds.
Sinikka Langeland: Sauna Cathedral
One of the most beguiling characteristics of contemporary creative music from Norway has been its innovative marriage of centuries-old folk traditions and the harmonic elasticity of jazz, and few figures illustrate this hybrid more beautifully and rigorously as Finnish-Norwegian singer and composer Sinikka Langeland. She emerged from the country’s vibrant folk scene, playing the kantele, a plucked zither-like instrument, but her music changed dramatically when she began writing her own compositions and collaborated with some of her homeland’s most original jazz players, notably, on a series of stunning albums for ECM. Her gossamer arrangements transplant and re-imagine traditional Finnish folk runes in thoroughly contemporary fashion, with a limber rhythmic propulsion and meticulously plotted trumpet and reed commentary underlining her haunting, measured singing. For her Jazzfest Berlin premiere, she presents a new work with a fantastic ensemble within the appropriately solemn, moving atmosphere of the Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church, a setting perfect for her gorgeously meditative sounds.
Sinikka Langeland Sauna Cathedral on YouTube
Sinikka Langeland (NO)
Sauna Cathedral German premiere
Eivind Lønning trumpet
Maja S.K. Ratkje harmonium, electronics
Trygve Seim soprano & tenor sax
Mats Eilertsen double bass
Markku Ounaskari drums
Sinikka Langeland vocals, kantele