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Prog Folk • Finland


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A group of like-minded jazz musicians formed the original core of PIIRPAUKE in 1974. Coming toward the end of the classic era of progressive music, the Finnish band established themselves almost immediately as a folk-inspired group with a free form, improvisational style and a tendency toward long, eclectic original arrangements.

While the band would veer into more contemporary, pop and even classical compositions during the eighties and nineties, they would return to their jazz-folk roots in the new millennium.

Despite an evolving membership the band has endured for nearly forty years, releasing more than eighteen studio albums as well as a wide range of live recordings and compilations.

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Piirpauke 1Piirpauke 1
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IloIlo
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LIVE IN EUROPELIVE IN EUROPE
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Laula SinäkinLaula Sinäkin
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Tuku TukuTuku Tuku
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Piirpauke Laulu LaineillaPiirpauke Laulu Laineilla
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3.86 | 10 ratings
Piirpauke
1975
3.36 | 7 ratings
Piirpauke II
1976
3.00 | 1 ratings
Yö Kyöpelinvuorella
1980
4.00 | 1 ratings
Birgi Bühtüi
1981
4.00 | 2 ratings
Kirkastus
1981
3.00 | 1 ratings
Ilahu Illalla feat. Badu n'DJay
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Wild East
1986
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Algazara
1987
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Zerenade
1989
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Tuku Tuku
1991
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Terra Nova - Muuttolinnut
1993
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Ave Maria
1996
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Laula Sinäkin
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kalevala Spirit
2000
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Sillat
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Laulu laineilla
2003
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Kalabalik
2006
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Koli
2010

PIIRPAUKE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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Piirpauke Live
1978
4.50 | 2 ratings
Live in Der Balver Höhle
1980
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Live in Europe
1983

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History of Piirpauke, Vol. 1
1977
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Soi vienosti murheeni soitto
1982
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Global Servisi
1990
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Metamorphosis
1995
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ikiliikkuja - Perpetuum mobile
2004

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 Laulu laineilla by PIIRPAUKE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Laulu laineilla
Piirpauke Prog Folk

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Sad to see how few reviews this Finnish world/jazz band has received here, and only for their first and second album from mid-seventies. No doubt they are the most classic ones, but Piirpauke has continued through the decades to produce good and original music that bravely crosses musical borders. Fusion, jazz and World Music are the main keywords. With this album they take art music as the starting point: twelve of the 14 tracks are originally Franz Schubert's compositions - lieds, to be more precise. The front man Sakari Kukko (flutes, tenor saxophone and tambura) is accompanied by pianist Joonas Ahonen, bassist Ville Herrala and percussionist Ismaila Sane, and the arrangement credits are shared by the quartet.

Those who know Piirpauke well, know what to expect from this music. One really doesn't need to be a fan of Schubert or lied music to enjoy this instrumental third stream jazz. It's far from any rock attitude, instead there's romantic and even pastoral feeling, and I'll always welcome those moods in the jazz context. Ahonen's piano is a great partner to Kukko's reeds that here and there add some World Music flavour. Also some funk and blues ingredients can be heard on some tracks, but the album manages to be totally coherent. This music only gets better with multiple listenings. As a Piirpauke album however I wouldn't pick it up as one of the most recommendable starting point.

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3.36 | 7 ratings

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Piirpauke Prog Folk

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Piirpauke was one of my dicoveries from finish music not long ago. The second album named simply II from 1976 is almost in mood and attitude as their first offer. Their music is quite intresting and in same time there are moments of boringness, a combination of jazzy parts with folk arrangements, the result is ok but far from excellent to my ears. There are instrumental parts with an eclectic fell to it, besides that folk/jazz inspired music, that I really like. ethnic percussions with violins, guitars and keybords all melted in a good way. A 3 star album to me, nothing more nothing less. I think the first two albums of this obscure band are intristing for prog/folk fans. Maybe at some point similar with Haikara

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Piirpauke Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars In May and September 1976 Piirpauke recorded their sophomore work simply entitled ''2''.The album features the familiar line-up of Kukko/Hytti/Walli/Wasama, this time though without any guest musicians helping aside.''2'' was released in November 76' on Love Records for the Finnish market and on Svenska Love Records for the Swedish one and, as stated by the group, it is dedicated to the national liberation movements worldwide.

As expected after such a statement, Piirpauke have filled an album with traditional tunes from all over the world.''Laulu'' is a short but excellent melancholic tune from East Karelia in Russia, based on the great work on sax and bells.Two Greek traditional interpretations follow, ''Sirtos'' from the district of Rumeli, based on Kukko's magnificent performance on bouzouki, and ''Fyssouni'' from the area of Epirus, which Piirpauke have transformed into a Folk/Fusion hybrid akin to ARCHIMEDES BADKAR's works.''Prazider adeus'' is a Lounge jazzy Brazilian melody with little to offer, sounds closer to a ballad, yet featuring an excellent guitar solo by Walli.The flute- and percussion-based ''Agjer'' is an archaic-styled improvised melody, exactly in the same style comes the opener of the second side ''Pealdoaivi''.The 11-min. ''Penang'' is an original Piirpauke composition, dedicated to the fight for the black people's rights in South Africa.So this piece contains plenty of African percussion and flutes for the most of its part, but towards the end it suddenly becomes an Electric-Fusion monster with superb drumming, bass and guitars in full energy.The closer ''Imala maika'' is a Bulgarian folk tune with great flutes and light piano in a delicate and beautiful melody.

Another strong work by Piirpauke, epitomizing how Folk Music can stand next to some Jazz/Fusion ideas.A great piece of art for all lovers of music with both ethnic and jazzier tastes.

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Piirpauke Prog Folk

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars Piirpauke's second album is the same sort of beast than its predecessor, despite not being a carbon copy either. Proposing eight shorter tracks (as opposed to five longer ones), the general musical mood also shifts to a jazzier feel, sometimes bordering on the gypsy-klezmer realm. Graced with a psych-folk artwork, the album features the same multi- instrumental line-up than its predecessor, and was released on the inevitable Finn label Love Records the following year (76).

Again, a good deal of the tracks are traditional folk music from around the planet, but their adaptation and rearrangements make Piirpauke's second album just as interesting as their first for adventurous progheads, because instruments like the Bouzouki, Egyptian violin, tambura, ethnic percussions, . Opening on the dronal Celtic Laulu and following on the Greek trad Sirtos, the album remains in the general artistic lines of the band. Fyssouni has a certain Spanish or flamenco slant crossed with a raga rhythm, but it's more in the klezmer realm. Plenty of instrumental interplay and a great alto sax solo to boot. The following band-written original Pazider Adeus is a pure jazz piece with plenty of tenor sax and electric guitar solo and is the perfect way to close the A-side.

On the flipside, we're transported in the Indian subcontinent with the short band-written Agjek, with ethnic flutes and percussions. Tambura are laying delicate dronal layers in Pealdoaivi, but the main attraction are the ethnic percussions and shrill flutes. The lengthy 11-mins two-parts Penang is definitely in the African sonic realm, and if I understand Finnish well enough, they have a few (unnamed) African musicians guesting. We're in the Niger River basin (Mali and Guinea) and it's rather fun to travel so far from your living room for so cheap, being carried away by the sonic waves emerging from your speakers. The middle section is more dissonant and tends to digress into Indian realm, but the closing part head into a fantastic 100-mph JR/F frenzy where Walli's electric guitar soars like an eagle over Kukko's electric piano and jazz-funk rhythm. The closing Imala Maika is apparently a Bulgarian piece, but it's not immediately obvious because it's got a general but undefined eastern European folk, but one can hear some western (read Celtic) flute solo.

In some ways, I tend to prefer the debut over their second, but it's rather clear that Piirpauke progressed, especially that the band wrote over half the music, and in doing so, also presented a lightly jazzier slant that's quite welcomed. If you're into Embryo, Archimedes Badkar and other bands playing "world music" avant-la-lettre (since the term would be coined with Peter Gabriel's Womad thing in the mid-80's), no doubt that Piirpauke's first few album will delight you, and I gather that the group's present (they're still together as a band) sonic realm remains fairly similar nowadays.

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3.86 | 10 ratings

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Piirpauke Prog Folk

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars A long-standing Finnish band (still playing nowadays) that explores the frontiers of folk and jazz, Piirpauke's first few albums of mega-interest to most progheads, because of their enchanting musical realm, that allows some worldwide ethnic escapes. Basically a multi- instrumentalist quartet (a lot of exotic instruments are used), led by kb and winds man Kukko, Piirpauke can be sometimes likened to their Swede equivalent of Archimedes Badkar, but the Finns are more focused and tighter. Graced with a superb folk artwork, the album was released by the inevitable Finn label Love Records in folk-rock landmark year of 75. Almost all of the tracks re traditional folk/ethnic pieces that received plenty of rearrangements and were adapted to fit the group's quartet format, which is one of the prime interest of the album.

Opening on the absolutely spellbinding Kuunnousou, the mood is a melancholic mix of folk adventure with a sprinkle of jazz arrangements that announces the color of the album, reminiscent somewhat of Pentangle. The more ethnic folk (let's say more Celtic) mood of the lengthy Legong allows plenty of semi-psychedelic soloing, but halfway through it breaks into non-raga Indian-music and follows in a percussion solo, before returning to its former mood. The Paimenille track is a fast Andean-folk piece that could've been written and played by Los Jaivas. Over the flipside, Cybele is a slowly evolving dronal piece that will crescendo for its almost 11-mins duration. The melancholic alto sax and slow drones will slowly lead into a raga-rhythm, where Walli's guitar plays a fantastically serene solo. Much more hypnotic, the album-closing Kirkonkellot is again featuring some superb guitar (multi-tracked, this time) to slowly die down in icy northern winds.

A rather short debut album (around 35 mins) that is rather enchanting that could be likened to Embryo, early Agitation Free, Archimedes Badkar and a few more, Piirpauke gives another facet of what fusion music was like before the "world music" name would become a household name on the planet. Recommended for adventurous world proggers.

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