Jablonski, Marek (Michael)


Järvelän Pikkupelimannit [JPP]



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Järvelän Pikkupelimannit [JPP]


(Finnish: ‘Young folk musicians of Järvelä’).

Finnish folk ensemble. Founded in the early 1980s and commonly known as JPP, its members are Mauno Järvelä, Matti Mäkelä and Tommi Pyykönen (violin), Arto Järvelä (many instruments), Timo Alakotila (harmonium) and Timo Myllykangas (double bass). As the name suggests, the players come from Järvelä, one of a cluster of villages around Kaustinen, home to the national Folk Music Institute and the Folk Arts Centre, and are descendants of families of folk musicians active in the area since the late 1800s. JPP work as pelimanni (folk musicians), a term applied particularly to performers of folk dance music, and are noted for their distinctive, richly textured and harmonized arrangements of traditional melodies played in a swinging style; their own original compositions in traditional style are for four (occasionally more) violins, harmonium and double bass – a particular Finnish combination. The group's repertory has been influenced by European dance forms, from early polska and minuet to the waltz, polka, mazurka, schottische and tango, although each of these, particularly the tango, has developed a notably Finnish character – smooth, subtle and restrained. JPP's first album, Laitisen mankeliska, won the ‘Band of the Year’ award at the 1986 Kaustinen Festival, and each subsequent album has received numerous prizes. The ensemble tours extensively, has established an international reputation and following, and is one of the foremost representatives of world folk fiddle traditions. In common with other such musicians of their generation in Finland and largely as a result of Heikki Laitinen's courses at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department, with its focus on multi-instrumentalism and active participation in different performing traditions, some members of JPP play in various other Finnish groups.




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