Midsummer, also known as the summer solstice, is the longest day of the year, but Scandinavians know it as “the day that never ends.” It is also a day of non-stop celebration extolling the Sun’s path around the earth. Join us for our annual Nordic Midsummer Celebration, featuring music from the Jonas Kullhammar Quartet and Kuára.
Nordic Midsummer CelebrationJonas Kullhammar Quartet was founded in Stockholm in 1998 and has since released 5 records and toured around the world.
Comprised of Swedes Jonas Kullhammar, saxophone, Jonas Holgersson, drums, Torbjörn Gulz, piano, and Torbjörn Zetterberg, bass, the band has been considered one of Sweden’s best jazz groups, and also won the award for Swedish Jazz Group of the Year 2002.
Nordic Midsummer Celebration Kuára is comprised of drummer Markku Ounaskari and pianist Samuli Mikkonen, both fixtures on the jazz scene of their native Finland, along with Norwegian trumpeter/vocalist Per Jørgensen. The unique musical project concentrates on open-form playing and spontaneous improvising and finds its inspiration rooted in Russian psalms and Fenno-Ugrian folk songs from Udmurtia, Vepsä, and Karelia.
Melodies unfurl slowly, and textures are carefully explored in the open improvisations and soundscapes shaped out of the songs: this sacred and secular music is the soil from which new sounds and ideas arise. A contemplative atmosphere prevails; themes and solo lines are counterbalanced with silences.