»Amazing, personal, inspiring rhythm music and still relaxing to listen!«
This trio is a konspirazy of world and jazz music. It combines finnish and jazz traditions with rock and even flamenco. Karo Sampela (Spain) brings the Andaluzian groove, Hannu Rantanen (Fin) colors it with the bass-line based on jazz and finnish folklore and Joonas Widenius (Fin) offers the guitar lines and new compositions you haven’t heard before. Their music is like an Arktik Traktor with no borders! Let’s call it European music with an attitude and slogan “There should be no borders or limits nowhere!” Just keep traktor rollin’.
»One of the best things in this music is that you can’t put it to any genres!«
Trio has worked with artists like Iiro Rantala, Perico Sambeat, Ilkka Heinonen and many other. The members of trio has played also with many other famous artist and bands like Carmen Linares, Moraíto, Värttinä, Raoul Björkenheim, UMO jazz orchestra, Pepa Päivinen, Kaari Martin, Alba Carmona, Slobo horo, Nuevo Ballet Español, Waldo’s people, Flamenco jazz company and so many others.
Joonas Widenius – guitar
Hannu Rantanen – bass
Karo Sampela – drums, udu, pandeiro
Trio’s interview from Radio Classic’s studio (In finnish):