JOHANNA JUHOLA REAKTORI - Eccentric, eclectic and very cheeky
Johanna Juhola: accordion
Tuomas Norvio / Juuso Hannukainen: live electronics, samples
Milla Viljamaa / Antti Kujanpää: piano, harmonium, vocals
Sara Puljula / Ilkka Heinonen: double bass, vocals
Charismatic and playful accordionista Johanna Juhola conjures a magical world that blends Buenos Aires tango halls with dark Finnish forest landscapes. Laced with both melancholic nostalgia and uplifting exuberance, Johanna’s music is an original blend of contemporary tango and inventive use of electronica. A well-known face on the Finnish music scene, her openening piece commissioned for the 2007 Eurovision song contest was watched by tens of millions around the world. Johanna’s innovative performances with her quartet Reaktori captivate with their musical wizardry and cheeky theatricality.
Juhola has released three solo albums Miette (Texicalli Records 2006), Fantasiatango (Texicalli Records 2010) and Fantasiatango 2 (Johanna Juhola Music 2012). Johanna Juhola Reaktori has also released a live CD Tango Roto Live (Johanna Juhola Music 2010).
The musicians are known from groups such as Rinneradio, Luomu Players, Ulla Tapaninen ja Nasevat Kurtut, Orkestar Bordurka, Spontaani Vire, Troka, Killer, Kraft and Duo Milla Viljamaa & Johanna Juhola.
"Thanks to this naughty innovator, the tango's lifespan has been extended by at least another century."
"Their spirit and uniqueness make them a must-see for any tango lover, or anyone who simply appreciates ingenious and skilled musicianship"
"Refreshing, different, magical, young, pearl of world music."
"Johanna Juhola has been called one of the most interesting innovators of accordion music in Finland"
”Johanna Juhola is one of Finland’s most artistically ambitious crafters of contemporary folk music.”