Sampo Lassila NARINKKA is a dynamic, virtuosic and new-seeking modern klezmergroup, which music can be called with a new term: ”suomiklezmer”. (Suomi being the Finnish word for Finland). Trios music, composed by the leader Sampo Lassila, is new, Finnish and European worldmusic, acoustic worldjazz, that mixes a wide range of influences from traditional jewish and balkan folk music even to contemporary chamber music and jazz  – with distinctive Finnish-sounding melodies and soundworlds, Finnish mentality, humour and musical stories.
It would be too easy to call this music just neoklezmer, the idea is much more open. The musical multicultural heritage in the Finnish urban environment  is the root idea of Sampo Lassila’s music. Interestingly between the eastern and western Europe, the Finnish cities have had their own quite special mixture of musical cultures.

Sampo Lassila Narinkka

Photo by Hanna Käyhkö

Neoklezmer, Finnish Worldjazz, Klezmerjazz, Contemporary Finnish World Music, Finnish Urban Folkjazz…??

In it’s music, Sampo Lassila Narinkka  actually finds the way to process the european worldmusic -style, klezmer, into the special Finnish world music atmosphere – the feeling in the Narinkka’s music is distinctively slavic, sentimental, rugged, somehow touchingly honest, but suddenly almost scaringly strong. The musical connection between the talented band members really happens – their vision and improvisations are strong and open.
The phenomenom Suomi (“Finland” in Finnish) is not superimposed on the traditional style, but painted faintly and organically inside the style, without forgetting Finnish melancholic and heartwarming humour.

But, ultimately, Sampo Lassila NARINKKA’s acoustic music is really based on that very special moment, when a listener and the musicians can really connect in music, in human music.

Narinkka was grounded by Sampo Lassila in 2010. The debut-album (which is actually a profile-album of Sampo Lassila)  raised straight up to 4th place in the World Music Charts Europe in February 2013 and stayed for three moths in the Top20. Also was this album scored 16. in the World Music Charts Europe for the whole year 2013, being the most successful Nordic album in the year 2013. Narinkka has performed eg. in Helsinki Festival at the Huvila world music series among many other festivals and concerts and toured in Germany, Iceland and Finland. In summer 2015 Sampo Lassila founded a small scale world music festival in Sysmä, Finland. In this Suomiklezmerä Sysmässä -festival the trio played 10 concerts in one weekend with various soloists. In the beginning of 2016 the trio was accepted to the artist roster of german agency Tomato Production. The second album of the group, ’In Strange Lands – Vierailla mailla was published in Finland in March 2016 , raised in Top20 in several international world music charts and was a nominee for the Finnish music prize Emma in world music category