Okra Playground

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Okra Playground - Worldmusic Electro Live Act in Helsinki

Okra Playground Short Info

Okra Playground, formed in 2010, is an electro-folk band based in Helsinki. This six-person band's fresh music captivates the listener with its hypnotic beat. The kantele and bowed lyre, both ancient folk instruments, coexist in a new, exciting symbiosis with modern instruments and soundscapes. The music resulting from this interesting combination has roots deep in the Finnish soil, but its tallest branches spread out towards tho the furthest shores of world music. The strong voices of the three female singers, as well as the age-old lyrics, simultaneously take the listener to far-off places and close to home. Okra Playground's long-awaited debut was released in October 2015 and has ever since been gaining praises in both new and old mediums - just recently receiving five stars from the Songlines Magazine. German label Nordic Notes re-released the album in July 2016 in most of the Europ. Before the release the band has played at several festivals eg the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival and Helsinki based Art Goes Kapakka and during summer 2016 Okra Playground played for instance at Flow Festival. Okra Playground is part of the official showcase program of the World Music Expo WOMEX16.

Okra Playground, formed in 2010, is an electro-folk band based in Helsinki. This six-person band's fresh music captivates the listener with its hypnotic beat. The kantele and bowed lyre, both ancient folk instruments, coexist in a new, exciting symbiosis with modern instruments and soundscapes. The music resulting from this interesting combination has roots deep in the Finnish soil, but its tallest branches spread out towards tho the furthest shores of world music. The strong voices of the three female singers, as well as the age-old lyrics, simultaneously take the listener to far-off places and close to home. Okra Playground's long-awaite...

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Past Gigs Okra Playground

  • 10 | 2016 Audiotorio Abance / Santiago de Compotela WOMEX16
  • 09 | 2016 Telakka / Tampere Rahvaanmusiikin kerhon klubi
  • 09 | 2016 Tenho / Helsinki Tenho esittää: Okra Playground
  • 08 | 2016 Helsinki Flow Festival
  • 08 | 2016 Bryggeri / Farsund Nordsjøfestivalen i Farsund
  • 07 | 2016 Haapavesi Haapavesi Folk Music Festival
  • 06 | 2016 Mäntsälä Sepän Soitto
  • 05 | 2016 Piritta / Helsinki Iholla -klubi
  • 02 | 2016 Helsinki Sibelius Academy at Mascot Club
  • 01 | 2016 Helsinki Folklandia cruise
  • 10 | 2015 Dubrovnik Lounge&Lobby/Helsinki Record release gig of Turmio
  • 08 | 2015 Piritta/Helsinki Art Goes Kapakka
  • 07 | 2015 Kaustinen Kaustinen Folk Music Festival
  • 04 | 2015 Semifinal / Helsinki
  • 04 | 2014 Black Box /Helsinki Helsinki Music Center Club
  • 09 | 2012 Helsinki Music Center /Helsinki Helsinki Music Center Club
  • 08 | 2012 Esplanad Stage /Helsinki Etno Espa

Discography Okra Playground

  • 2016 Turmio Album | Nordic Notes
  • 2015 Turmio Album | Okra Playground

Media

  • Video Okra Playground - Turmio
  • Sound Turmio
  • Sound Kaunokieli
  • Sound Hopeamorsian
  • Video Okra Playground - Kaunokiel...
  • Video Okra Playground - Kun mun k...
  • Video Okra Playground - Pakkasloi...

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Origin

  • Helsinki FI

Members

  • Päivi Hirvonen vocals, fiddle, bowed lyre
  • Essi Muikku vocals, kantele
  • Maija Kauhanen vocals, kantele
  • Veikko Muikku accordion, keyboards
  • Tatu Viitala percussions
  • Sami Kujala electric bass

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