Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble

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Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble - Worldmusic Live Act in Helsinki

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble Short Info

" Weather Report meets Fela, you might say. They are good enough" fRoots, 2013
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Almost three years have elapsed since the HELSINKI-COTONOU ENSEMBLE came together mixing Voodo rhythms with jazz and producing a sound that has found its way onto the heart and soul of many aficionados.
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After the album ‘Beaucoup de Piment” (No Problem!Music, 2013), the band is back with “Fire, Sweat & Pastis” (No Problem! Music, 2014). It is plenty of groove-based tunes driven by horns and percussion on which the guitar and keyboards freely create their solo outings. Its ever-blasting sonic rhythms, key shifts, tightly knit time and tempo changes, vocal harmonies make it for the ears and the legs – arrangements are complex but clean and powerful.
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Those who have seen the band live in Benin, Finland, Sweden, Denmark or Italy would easily agree that this is a swinging, collectively powerful musical machine with intricate interlocking parts and a lot of freshness. There is little room for individual glory. One could say “The thing about this band is that they have fun, they groove and they are able to share the show with the audience.”
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Booking Info: Eric E. van Monckhoven eric@helsinkicotonouensemble.com

" Weather Report meets Fela, you might say. They are good enough" fRoots, 2013
.
Almost three years have elapsed since the HELSINKI-COTONOU ENSEMBLE came together mixing Voodo rhythms with jazz and producing a sound that has found its way onto the heart and soul of many aficionados.
.
After the album ‘Beaucoup de Piment” (No Problem!Music, 2013), the band is back with “Fire, Sweat & Pastis” (No Problem! Music, 2014). It is plenty of groove-based tunes driven by horns and percussion on which the guitar and keyboards freely create their solo outings. Its ever-blasting sonic rhythms, key shifts, tightly knit time and tempo changes, vocal h...

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Past Gigs Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble

  • 11 | 2014 Helsinki/Finland Etnosoi fest, Klubi
  • 11 | 2014 Helsinki/Finland Etnosoi fest, Klubi
  • 11 | 2014 Helsinki/Finland Etnosoi Fest, Korjaamo
  • 11 | 2014 Jyväskylä/Finland Poppari
  • 11 | 2014 Jyväskylä/Finland Poppari
  • 11 | 2014 Jyväskylä/Finland Poppari
  • 11 | 2014 Jyväskylä/Finland Poppari
  • 09 | 2014 Copenhagen/Denmark Global CPH
  • 08 | 2014 Stockholm/Sweden Stockholm Folk Festival
  • 08 | 2014 Pentedattilo/Italy Paleariza Festival
  • 07 | 2014 Bordighera/Italy Touscouleurs festival
  • 07 | 2014 Joutseno/Finland KonttuFolk Festival
  • 07 | 2014 Taalintehdas/Finland Baltic Jazz Festival
  • 07 | 2014 Hämeenlinna/Finland LinnaJazz Festival
  • 07 | 2014 Helsinki/Finland Mbar
  • 07 | 2014 Maarianhamina/Finland Maarianhamina
  • 06 | 2014 Tornio/Finland Kalott Jazz Festival
  • 06 | 2014 Modugno/Italy
  • 06 | 2014 Bari/Italy Bari In Jazz
  • 06 | 2014 Acquiviva/Italy Festa dei Popoli

Discography Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble

  • 2013 Beaucoup de Piment Album | No Problem! Music
  • 2013 Fire, Sweat & Pastis Album | No Problem! Music

Media

  • Sound The Gong (feat. Axl Smith)
  • Sound The Homecoming
  • Sound Agamafa na Hèdé
  • Sound Africa
  • Video Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble @...

Origin

  • Helsinki FI

Founded

  • 2012

Members

  • Janne Halonen guitar, vocals
  • Noel Saizonou vocals, percussion
  • Sampo Riskilä bass
  • Juha Räsänen drums
  • Menard Mponda percussion,vocals
  • Visa Oscar keyboards
  • Joakim Berghäl saxophones,vocals
  • Mikko Pettinen trumpet,vocals