Swedish guitarist CeScandinavian music is having a moment. Sigur Rós, Björk, Fever Ray, Lykke Li, Peter, Bjorn and John, The Raveonettes, Mew, Annie, Sondre Lerche. These are just a sampling of the current Nordic heavyweights on the indie charts, but the next wave of Nordic bands is upon us. Renowned in their homelands and on the cusp of breaking through in the U.S. these fervent musicians will undoubtedly join the chart-topping ranks of their established peers. They may have disparate styles, but what connects them is a love of sound, an artistry of live performance, and above all, a devotion to invading your listening space.

Out of Scandinavia: New Indie Music from the Nordics is a uniquely selected series of musical performances the first Thursday of the month from April through August, headlining a myriad of fresh Nordic musicians that features one-off and premiere performances. Through subtle and deft curating of distinctly different styles of music, Out of Scandinavia: New Indie Music from the Nordics will satiate your craving for innovative and compelling new indie rock from the Nordics.

Out of Scandinavia: New Indie Music from the Nordics is made possible in part by the Consulate General of Denmark, New York; the Consulate General of Finland, New York; the Honorary Consulate General of Sweden, New York; Iceland Naturally; Music Export Finland; Music Export Norway, and Export Music Sweden.

Samuli Putro

NorwegiaNorwegian singer-Samuli Putro, the longtime front-man of the Finnish rock band Zen Café, with whom he experienced years of chart-topping success, is a singer/songwriter who made his blockbuster solo album debut in 2009.

Born on August 21, 1970, in Helsinki, he co-founded Zen Café in 1992. The band includes Kari Nylander (bass) and Pete Parkkonen (drums), in addition to Putro (vocals, guitar). Zen Café made their album debut in 1997 with Romuna. Subsequent albums include Idiootti (1998), Ua Ua (1999), and Helvetisti Järkeä (2001). Zen Café then hit number one with each of their next three albums, Helvetisti Järkeä (2001), Vuokralainen (2002), and Jättiläinen (2003); moreover, these albums include the

Top Ten hit singles Aamuisin, Piha Ilman Sadettajaa, and Tavallaan Jokainen On Surullinen. The latter-day albums Laiska, Tyhmä Ja Saamaton (2005) and Stop (2006) were similarly successful, hitting number two and one, respectively.

Well known for his longtime frontman status in Zen Café, Putro made his blockbuster solo album debut in 2009 with Elämä On Juhla. Yet another in a long line of chart-topping albums for Putro, Elämä On Juhla includes the singles Elämä On Juhla, Älä Huuda Mulle, and Mitäpä Jos.



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THU – 5-6-2010 – 7:00 PM
$10 ($8 ASF Members)