Café de Abejas

Live Act Alternative Cabaret Acoustic Pop Jazz Chanson
Café de Abejas - Alternative Cabaret Acoustic Pop Jazz Chanson Live Act in Helsinki

Café de Abejas Short Info

A Dandy Band making Film Noir Cabaret Pop from Finland. Imagine Tom Waits and Edith Piaf dancing tango in a Weimar-era cabaret, and you have an idea of what the music of Café de Abejas is all about: Drama, dreams and decadence.

"Jazzig und Originell." - Berliner Morgenpost

"Café de Abejas is a jolly cabaret pop duo that last year released its debut titled Mascot Moth, a collection of intimate songs evoking beautiful times of chanson, poetry and film noir... very emotive songs... great songwriting chops."
- GLUE.fi

“Their witty and sophisticated songs finely resound European cabaret, musicals, chanson and Kurt Weill’s legacy.”
– Pertti Avola, Helsingin Sanomat

Full information, all live dates and blog: http://cafedeabejas.net

A Finnish band with a Spanish name, making new cabaret pop in English and French – a tasty brew and a dandy band! Café de Abejas was founded by Laura Reunanen (vocals) and J. W. Ralli (guitar, vocals) in 2010. They are the songwriter couple in the heart of Café de Abejas, now often joined onstage by Ilari Launonen (percussions) and Saara Viika (cello). Livegraphy released Café de Abejas’s debut album Mascot Moth in February 2013. Their second album, Is This Casablanca? was released in February 2015.

Café de Abejas has gathered appraising reviews for their uncompromising artistry and sophisticated songwriting, as well as engaging and enchanting live performances. Their music reflects cabaret and chanson made between the two World Wars, but also brings to mind songwriters like Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave. Their lyrics echo English poetry from Lord Byron to Dorothy Parker, and the stories they tell are often witty, always decadent but seldom happy: Women drink Sazerac for breakfast (and for tea), men never come home from wars and one man’s sweetheart is another man’s whore.

An interesting cross between Hollywood glamour, chanson vulnerability and silent-film madness, their live performances are romantic, passionate and theatrical, with the whole band dressed up in quaint vintage styles. One listener described their show: “It’s rather like being immersed in absinthe.”

A Dandy Band making Film Noir Cabaret Pop from Finland. Imagine Tom Waits and Edith Piaf dancing tango in a Weimar-era cabaret, and you have an idea of what the music of Café de Abejas is all about: Drama, dreams and decadence.

"Jazzig und Originell." - Berliner Morgenpost

"Café de Abejas is a jolly cabaret pop duo that last year released its debut titled Mascot Moth, a collection of intimate songs evoking beautiful times of chanson, poetry and film noir... very emotive songs... great songwriting chops."
- GLUE.fi

“Their witty and sophisticated songs finely resound European cabaret, musicals, chanson and Kurt Weill’s legacy.”
– Pertti ...

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Past Gigs Café de Abejas

  • 11 | 2015 Ölhus Oslo, Helsinki Super Speakeasy!
  • 02 | 2015 Andorra, Helsinki "Is This Casablanca?" Album Release
  • 12 | 2014 Kyrö Distillery, Isokyrö New Year's Ball
  • 10 | 2014 Paapan kapakka, Tampere Lost In Music Festival
  • 06 | 2014 Korjaamo, Helsinki Töölö Festival
  • 06 | 2014 Semifinal, Helsinki House of Love: Café de Abejas + Mimie Moore
  • 05 | 2014 Savoy-teatteri, Helsinki Kammerkabarett
  • 12 | 2013 Späth Arboretum, Berlin Radio Berlin 88,8 Weihnachtsmarkt
  • 11 | 2013 Shake'n'Smash, Paris Cocktails & Cabaret
  • 08 | 2013 Amphitheater im Monbijoupark, Berlin Montagskonzert
  • 04 | 2013 Pracownia - Piwnica pod Baranami, Kraków
  • 02 | 2013 Arkadia, Helsinki Three Voices Live: Julia Marcell + Café de Abejas
  • 10 | 2012 Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki Helsinki Vintage Festival
  • 09 | 2012 Malmitalo, Helsinki Sam Baker + Café de Abejas

Discography Café de Abejas

  • 2015 Is This Casablanca? Album | Livegraphy
  • 2013 Mascot Moth Album | Livegraphy

Media

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Origin

  • Helsinki FI

Founded

  • 2010

Members

  • Laura Reunanen vocals
  • J.W.Ralli guitar
  • Ilari Launonen percussions
  • Saara Viika cello

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