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In the Lokaal tonight: Kann/Valkeapää

In the Lokaal tonight: Kann/Valkeapää
Photo: Evert Palmets

Juha Valkeapaa — In the Lokaal tonight: Kann/Valkeapää


This performance is archived and will not be performed again.

Categories: Archive, Movement-based Performance, Sound Art, and Work group

Premiere: 19.03.2009, Juuksur

Duration: 1 hour

Internet: http://www.myspace.com/kannvalkeapaa

Video: http://www.myspace.com/kannvalkeapaa

Synopsis

The dancer Kaja Kann and the sound artist Juha Valkeapää have been creating songs since childhood. The show has been touring in different Lokaals in Europe and all over the world. The group comes together every once in a while. The audience will certainly hear their infamous piece “Money” and other well-known and much heard songs.

The repertoire of the duet Kann/Valkeapää consists of very varied pieces. They have been inspired by the old rock legend Mark Lanegan as well as Ali Farka Toure. 2 guitars and an overwhelming voice that will however leave space for physical movement. It will most certainly not leave the audience tepid as the Kann/Valkeapää duet has received both very positive and very negative responses, they have been loved and hated. It is obvious that the band enjoys their performance sharing this delight with the audience even though their songs lack classic structure and easily recognizable reprises.

Kaja Kann (1973) is known for her unconventional mastery of vocal and guitar techniques. One thing is certain – she enjoys movement and smoky clubs. Kaja Kann has messed around on stage on many more occasions than she would like remembering. And she keeps doing it again and again. Kaja has said that it is enjoyable to wander alone and then discover that she is with Juha and it is especially terrific if the audience is present as well. This is not witty choreography, this is dance.

Already in his early years Juha Valkeapää (1967) made bizarre sounds to express himself. In his teens he discovered the electric guitar following the pattern of Jimmy Hendrix. Besides this duet he has been part of several folk, punk-rock, alternative sound space and improvisational projects. He likes to take risks. Sometimes it seems like he can understand his partner even without words, without composing. If this takes place on stage then it feels peculiar.