UncategorizedNordsjøfestivalen 2016

Okra Playground(FI)

Okra PlaygroundOkra Playground, formed in 2010, is an ensemble made up of folk and rhythmic music professionals. This six-person band’s fresh music captivates the listener with its hypnotic beat. The kantele and bowed lyre, both ancient folk instruments, coexist in a new, exciting symbiosis with modern instruments and soundscapes. The music resulting from this interesting combination has roots deep in the Finnish soil, but its tallest branches spread out towards the furthest shores of world music. The strong voices of the three female singers, as well as the age-old lyrics, simultaneously take the listener to far-off places and close to home.

“The band’s debut album. Turmio, is a surprising and engaging piece of world music.” (Glue at Rosvot)

Okra Playground released their long waited debut album Turmio last October and it has been warmly received. The album made to the list of The Ten Best Albums of 2015 by Glue at Rosvot blog as well as to a similar listing by Spanish radio programme O Recanto do Corcovada. Before the release the band has played at several festivals like the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival and Helsinki based festival Art Goes Kapakka.

Okra Playground is:

turmioPäivi Hirvonen: vocals, violin, bowed lyre
Maija Kauhanen: vocals, kantele
Essi Muikku: vocals, kantele
Sami Kujala: electric bass
Veikko Muikku: accordion and keybords
Tatu Viitala: percussion