Mikko Sarvanne Garden
"Heräämisen valkea myrsky is a light and bright mix of jazz, contemporary classical music and vocal music. --The vocal arrangements and the use of virtuoso cello solos as part of the whole were especially impressive."
Teosto Prize Jury, 28.04.2023
Recently awarded with the prestige Nordic Teosto Prize, composer and multi-instrumentalist Mikko Sarvanne's new group, Mikko Sarvanne Garden, transports the listener to an alternate reality: a garden where waves of contemporary vocal music, warmth of Nordic jazz, and sound art, reminiscent of musique concrète, all echo and glimmer together. Formed in 2020, the ensemble comprises three vocalists, a cello, a double bass, percussions and electronics. Sarvanne's compositions combine vivid vision and control with the freedom and peace of the Garden troupe.
The group's debut album was released in October 2022. Entitled 'Heräämisen valkea myrsky' -'The White Storm of Awakening', the album is based on Erkka Filander's poetry collection by the same name (Poesia 2013). The poems in this vivaciously blooming book have filtered deep into the music of Mikko Sarvanne Garden, appearing in the titles, lyrics as well as in the mise en scène of musical events.
Mikko Sarvanne - composition, electronics
Josefiina Vannesluoma - vocals
Selma Savolainen - vocals
Virva Immonen- vocals
Aino Juutilainen - cello
Oskari Siirtola - double bass
Jesse Ojajärvi - percussions
all musicians: objects, percussion, vocals