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Heikki Ruokangas & Simo Laihonen: 1+1=3 — acoustic/electronic concert

Heikki Ruokangas is improvising guitarist from Oulu. He is at home in atonal free music, jazz and melodic storytelling of folk tunes and popular styles alike. In the crossing of these Ruokangas operates on his own ground. In late 2023 renowned US label 577 Records released his latest solo album ’Karu’. In this concert at Kulttuuritalo Laikku we hear strong acoustic guitar music marked by this album.

Simo Laihonen is Tampere based drummer-percussionist whose repertoire of sound is complemented by traditional wooden flutes from eastern traditions. In Laikku music hall he plays flute music aided by natural room ambience and electronics in which west and east become audible along with, perhaps, the universal. Latest release from Laihonen is the well received duo album ’Rauhan ja nautinnon puutarhassa’ (In the garden of peace and pleasure) with keyboardist Pasi Salmi. Originally released as CD by Pori Film Lab, the second pressing of this album was released on vinyl by Ultraääni Records in late 2023.

Third section of concert brings the improvisers on a shared ground.