We’ve started into the new Ja Ja Ja season with a sold out FluxBau. Now we’re super excited for another fabulous evening taking place on April 12th with you and three up-and-coming nordic artists. Spotlight on for Norwegian electropop artist Sandra Kolstad, Finnish singer/songwriter Mikko Joensuu and Icelandic electro-pop outfit aYia.
Sandra Kolstad makes electronic and extravagant pop music. Having released three albums, Kolstad has established herself as a musician who floats between sonic pop melodies and more experimental soundscapes. Her latest release, “Zero Gravity State Of Mind” got the audience, as well as the critics, applauding. This fall she has received a lot of attention for her composing work to the play “Songfuglen” at Det Norske Teateret. Kolstad is buffering in an electronic universe; boundlessly, but structured – challenging, but catchy. She is both a classicaly trained pianist in addition to being a well experienced club artist – features that comes to day when she mixes traditionalism and club kitch, brittle melancholia and grandios techno. Sandra’s conserts often include visual installations, which often makes it resemble more to ceremonies than concerts. She has toured in Europe, USA, UK, Russia and South America, and is due to release her new album by the fall of 2017.
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Finnish singer-songwriter Mikko Joensuu easily sets himself apart from the mass. His debut album ‚Amen 1‘ is coined by vulnerable folk songs in Josh T. Pearson- and Leonhard Cohen-style. On ‚Amen 2‘ Joensuu demonstrates his despair more diverse. The long, euphoric tracks remind of My Bloody Valentines Shoegaze-sounds or Spiritualizeds Space-Gospel – plus a pinch of vitality. This year Mikko Joensuu will accomplish the trilogy with ‚Amen 3‘.
In English, bands are usually referred to as the plural “they.” But when it comes to aYia, “it” feels more appropriate. The band’s sudden appearance in October 2016 felt like the arrival of a new entity - or the discovery of a new place - more than the launch of a project by three individuals. It materialised quietly, as if out of nowhere, the faces of the people behind the music shrouded beneath hoods and hidden in shadows. The presentation felt purposeful, and it was immediately apparent that aYia was something with a personality all of its own. With the recent release of ‘Ruins’, 2017 is proving to be an exciting year.