43rd Art Rock Show: The Third Frontier


Utopianisti is een Finse groep onder leiding van componist en sax/fluit/klarinet/toetsenborden & percussie-speler Markus Pajakkala. Gastmuzikanten in overvloed en dan nog uit verschillende genres – klassiek geschoold, jazz, folk en rock… De stijl is voornamelijk instrumentaal, energieke jazz-rock & eclectische prog met uitstapjes naar zigeunermuziek, tango, avant-garde, latin en zelfs symfonische metal. U weet wat u te wachten staat…

Review op Prog Archives: “Markus Pajakkala has assembled a full orchestra around him and recorded a fabulous diverse album. By now you get the idea of what kind of sounds and styles to expect; while you can hear influences or similarities to the afore mentioned groups and musicians, Markus has done a stellar job at bringing his vision to life and creating fresh and uplifting music. Indeed, there is much to rejoice for those who love their music being a mix of various styles, but done effectively and in good measure. Moreover, if you like your music to be engaging, energetic and at fast pace, this would make you happy as well. I particularly liked the more exotic sounding tracks, like Kärry, with fantastic percussion and groovy beat and rhythm. Another magnificent track was Markus-sedän letkeämpi klezmer with it’s various styles interjectd within the composition ? this track alone shows the diversity of Markus and his talent at combining various approaches into a wholesome piece.

Markus also reaches out for a French flavour in the cool track Bordeaux, with the requisite accordion and the sentimental string instruments. But if you want a more representative piece of the album, try the second aptly named track, Plutonium Fist. As the name suggests, it is a punch to the face with its ferocious and aggressive beat and tune. This radioactive track holds together touches of blues, jazz-rock and a little metal-ish touch. Or you could go for some gypsy and folk inspired powerful pieces like Hopeinen kyy with extraordinary drumming and percussion that underlie demented and superb violin playing. I wrote that this is an instrumental album but there is one sung piece, Sull’on mies joka planeetalla, in which Markus sings and he does so well. A bluesy and hard rock piece, but with the brass instruments playing along, this sounds so much richer than an average blues/rock song. I also need to mention the great guitar solo played in the middle of the song.”

Naast Utopianisti met het album The Third Frontier hebben we deze week: My Sleeping Karma (Soma), Santana (Caravanserai), Return to Forever (Romantic Warrior), Nice Beaver (The Time It Takes), Karnivool (Sound Awake) and The D Project (Making Sense).

  • Thursday/Donderdag 12.00 – 18.00 & 18.00 – 24.00
  • Friday/Vrijdag 12.00 – 18.00 & 18.00 – 24.00
  • Saturday / Zaterdag 12.00 – 18.00


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