Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L + Laura Moisio, Ismaila Sané, Kielo Kärkkäinen – Etno-Espa


at 5 p.m.
Janne Masalin

The former soloist of Tundramatiks, a band which cooked together Slavic punk, jazz and garage rock influences, and the 13-piece marching band Bad Ass Brass Band, Janne Masalin is an urban pelimanni and hipster nomad. The pieces of his 2023 solo album Kuoseja are built on elastic beats, rocking live playing and ad-libs. His solo gig, presented at the Etno-Espa and Savoy Theatre Night of the Arts, features Masalin as a modern one-man band, commanding the stage with roaring machine sounds, techno beats and synthesisers, a Telecaster and an accordion hanging around his neck, and belting out songs!

Janne Masalin – accordion, guitar, vocals, programming, MIDI controls

at 7 p.m.
PEKKO KÄPPI & K:H:H:L + Laura Moisio, Ismaila Sané, Kielo Kärkkäinen

Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L is a Tampere-based group, arguably the hottest and loudest four-piece in the Finnish folk-rock scene, whose fifth album Credo was released in 2023. Built around the well-known jouhikko artist and singer-songwriter Pekko Käppi, the ensemble plays with a breezy folk expression, an earthy blues feel and a psychedelic-influenced rock groove. The result is delightful folk music, served as a unique blend of approachable pop and folk. The group’s live performances lapse into hypnotic moods without warning, like a dog chasing its own tail against a background of fierce rock preaching. In the Night of the Arts, expect things to rev up another notch when the foursome is joined by Laura Moisio, Kielo Kärkkäinen and Ismaila Sané!

Pekko Käppi – jouhikko, vocals
Nuutti Vapaavuori – bass, vocals
Tommi Laine – guitar, vocals
Gilbert Kuppusami – drums, vocals
Laura Moisio – vocals
Kielo Kärkkäinen – vocals
Ismaila Sané – vocals