A sisterhood of four voices and a double bass, Signe have previously melted the audience’s hearts at the Finnish We Jazz Festival and Flow Festival. Their works draw from poetry and the unmapped paths of improvisation. Sonically, the group flows and meanders through contemporary classical, folk music and Nordic jazz.

Signe's ongoing project 'Onomatopoesia' is a trilogy of albums, contemplating the need for attachment in one's fast-changing surroundings. Can we strengthen the feeling of belonging by vocally mirroring sounds around us? The first part of the trilogy is named 'Phonemes' and consists of commissioned works by Tytti Arola, Mikko Sarvanne and Sampo Kasurinen and was released on November 19, 2021 through Eclipse Music. Trilogy continues with the album 'Morphemes' (to be released in May 2022) that joints New York -based bassist and vocalist Kaisa Mäensivu back with the vocalists.

 

Signe's first full-lenght album 'To Sappho' (Eclipse Music 2019) gained an honourable mention for Teosto Prize 2020 (Finnish Composers' Copyright Society Prize) as well a nomination for the Finnish Jazz album of the Year 2020. The album draws influences from the poetry fragments that have survived from the pen of Sappho, the archaic Greek poet from the island of Lesbos.

The group tours Finland frequently and has performed also in London, Oslo and Germany. The group represented Finnish jazz at the Nordic Jazz Comets showcase at EFG London Jazz Festival in November 2018 and in Oslo Jazz Festival's Nordic Showcase in August 2017.

 

Josefiina Vannesluoma – voc

Riikka Keränen – voc

Kaisa Mäensivu – db & voc

Selma Savolainen – voc

★★★★  

"Kiehtovaa kuulla, mihin Riikka Keränen, Selma Savolainen ja Josefiina Vannesluoma tällä

kunnianhimoisella ja kantaaottavalla ihmisäänisellä matkallaan päätyvät."

Harri Uusitorppa, Helsingin Sanomat

".. kyseessä on kiinnostava, kunnianhimoinen ja tässä ajassa kiinni oleva projekti.

Jo se yksistään tekee yhtyeestä ja tästäkin julkaisusta tarpeellisen."

Aki Yli-Salomäki, Yle

 

"Het Finse Signe is een fenomeen!"

Jan Willem, De Subjectivisten

 

"Poised, relaxed and radiant"

Wif Stenger, Finnish Music Quarterly

 

"These tautly-connected quartet of vocalists—one being bassist-vocalist Kaisa Mäensivu,[...] —conjured up a compelling and malleable ensemble identity, moving between folk music links to classical and jazz sonorities, and more experimental touches. The sum effect was quite stunning, and ear/mind-opening."

Josef Woodard, AllAboutJazz.com

"To Sappho laajentaa kuvaamme siitä mihin moderni lauluyhtye pystyy."

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