Feel Helsinki: SibA Folk Big Band
Feel Helsinki will bring SibA Folk Big Band to the stage, a band of 40 musicians that was founded in 2010 by lecturer Petri Prauda by bringing together folk music students and teachers. The instrument selection includes fiddles, kanteles, accordions, guitars, wind instruments, and harmoniums, and archaic instruments like bowed lyres, Jews harps and Mänkeris (an old clarinet instrument) also bring their own nuance to the clang. All the instruments get their own moment to shine as part of the diverse show, but the party really gets going when the whole big band sings and plays together.
The band consists of folk musicians, who all are composers, arrangers, multi-instrumentalists, soloists and ensemble musicians. Their creative force is what Folk Big Band is all about: the orchestra performs without using a conductor or sheet music, with all the members communicating together in each given situation in a dynamic, rhythmic and expressive way, through improvisation and by living in the moment.
Folk Big Band received the Band of the Year award at Kaustinen Folk Music Festival in 2012 and the Etno-Emma award in 2015 for the debut album FBB, released in 2014. In autumn 2018, Roope Aarnio started as the leader of the orchestra. The orchestra has released a new album this year: Katrilli toisesta elämästä
Feel Helsinki is a new urban festival for the whole family, taking place at the Helsinki Music Centre on 8 June. Uniarts Helsinki organises well over a thousand events for the public on a yearly basis, but Feel Helsinki is the first opportunity to enjoy the talents of the university’s students and alumni in one place through a day-long event. The festival has program that is especially tailored for children.
Feel Helsinki invites people to come together and engage all of their senses by enjoying food, wine, art and meaningful discussions. The main partner in the event is the Viini magazine, which will turn the Helsinki Music Centre into a hub of interesting pop-up restaurants, offering delicious menus.