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Synkka Metsa - Dark Forest

Synkka Metsa - Dark Forest

Juli Wood Quartet

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552212129
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Catalog number: OA2 22121
Releasedate: 02-10-15
- with hauntingly beautiful melodies and harmonies that invite new interpretations, Wood and her quartet­ create an inspired recording of six traditional Karelian, Finnish and Aland Island songs along with two compositions by famed Finnish musician Matti Jurva
Inspired by Art Farmer's 1964 recording of Swedish folk songs, "To Sweden With Love," Chicago saxophonist Juli Wood delved into her own Finnish heritage for material to explore on her newest recording. With hauntingly beautiful melodies and harmonies that invite new interpretations, Wood and her quartet ­ with Alejandro Urzagaste on guitar, Clark Sommers on bass and drummer Mike Schlick ­ create an inspired recording of six traditional Karelian, Finnish and Aland Island songs along with two compositions by famed Finnish musician Matti Jurva. "She weaves her own straight forward statements from the horn with a great deal of heart and a real heaping helping of soul." ­ Jan­Erik Holmberg, Hufvudstadsbladet/Helsinki.
For the past twenty years with three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a side man, and countless worldwide performances, saxophonist, vocalist and composer Juli Wood has established herself as a solid, swinging, lyrical and entertaining performer on Chicago's music scene. Juli has played many jazz clubs and festivals nationally and internationally; Chicago Jazz Fest, Hyde Park Jazz Fest, Milwaukee's Summerfest, Chicago's main jazz clubs - Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Andy's and Katerina's. Skansen Jazz and Blues (Stockholm, Sweden), Pori Jazz Fest (Finland), Bent J's club (Aarhus, Denmark), Storyville (Helsinki Finland), Arlandia Jazz Fest (Aaland Islands, Finland) to name a few.

Currently Juli is working on a recording of Finnish folk songs. "My grandparents all came from Finland to the USA in the early 1900's. I grew up hearing the music and my parents taught me a little of the Finnish language. I was on my yearly trip to Finland last summer to play a few festivals and clubs, and was listening to Art Farmer's recording of Swedish folk songs called "To Sweden with "ove." It hit me then that I should make a CD of the simple and hauntingly beautiful Finnish folk songs, instrumentally and in a jazz style." The CD , called "Dark Forest" or "Synkkä Metsä" in Finnish , will be coming out on the Origin label in August, 2015. It features Alejandro Urzagaste - guitar, Clark Sommers - bass and Mike Schlick - drums. - See more at: http://originarts.com/oa2/artists/artist.php?Artist_ID=139#sthash.WoD9vXpS.dpuf