The Auvo Quartet

The Auvo Quartet
64
Code: 
AUVOCD1
Publisher: 
Auvo Kvartetti
Publishing year: 
2006-00-00T00:00:00
Recording year: 
2006

Produced by Hannu Oskala, Tom Oakes, Julian Sutton, Roope Aarnio, Suvi Oskala
Recorded by Hannu Oskala
Mixed by Hannu Oskala
Mastered by Minerva Pappi, Finnvox Studios

1. Boxism

Comp. Julian Sutton, arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Sara Puljula, Julian Sutton.

Mr Julian Sutton is known to many as the Picasso of the melodeon. This tune was written by Julian whilst on holiday in Northern Ireland, after a wild new year's eve party involving traditional singing, storytelling and playing air guitar to AC/DC.

Roope Aarnio: guitar, concertina, e-bow
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: fiddle
Sara Puljula: percussions
Julian Sutton: melodeons

2. Janino (Walking on Water, Mr. Sutton's, Janino)

Comp. Tom Oakes, Julian Sutton, trad., arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Julian Sutton.

Julian wrote the first tune after Roope took us out walking on the frozen harbour in Helsinki. The second tune was written by Tom for Julian. Trying to find something too wierd for Julian to play is pretty much impossible! The last tune was learnt from the awesomely talented Scots fiddler Shona Mooney. The tune is from a book of Macedonian traditional music.

Roope Aarnio: guitar, mandolin
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: viola
Julian Sutton: melodeons

3. About Not Missing

Comp. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, lyrics Suvi Oskala, arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Julian Sutton.

There is a moment in life when you suddenly realise that you don't miss the person you loved just a short while ago. This tango Suvi has written tells about that precise moment of realisation. It is coupled with a tango that Tom never wrote a B part for.

Roope Aarnio: guitar, mandolin, concertina
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: vocals
Julian Sutton: melodeons

4. Iwona's (Iwona's Schottische, Mäläskän II polska, Mäkelääsen pol

Comp. Julian Sutton, trad., arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Julian Sutton.

Julian wrote the first schottische for his beautiful girlfriend Iwona. The polskas after the schottische have been transcribed from a fiddle player called Elias Tallari (1850-1911) from Kuortane, Finland.

Roope Aarnio: guitar, mandolin, concertina
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: fiddle
Julian Sutton: melodeons

5. Bliss

Comp. Suvi Oskala, arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Julian Sutton.

A wedding waltz to all blissfully in love written by a Suvi who has once quoted as saying "I'm just not able to write anything easy and beautiful to listen to, and definately not anything in a major key!" Hmm?!

Roope Aarnio: guitar, mandolin, concertina, mandola
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: fiddle
Julian Sutton: melodeons

6. The Sky is Dark

Comp. trad., lyrics trad., arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Julian Sutton.

A Finnish song about lost hope and love. This song has been following Suvi for the past 5 years. And probably will for the next 5 as well.

Originally transcribed for a book called Karjalaisia kansanlauluja Kiihtelysvaarasta from a singer called Kyllikki Malisto.

Roope Aarnio: guitar
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: vocals
Julian Sutton: melodeons

7. Hambos (Kuuhambo, Hamnbo)

Comp. Roope Aarnio, Suvi Oskala, arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Julian Sutton.

Roope composed the first tune in Barcelona 2001 when he was lying in a hotel room waiting for his girlfriend to get ready and playing the harmonica to kill time. A year later a friend told Roope that the tune sounds like someone jumping on the surface of the moon! Since then the tune has been called the 'moon' hambo.

The second tune was written by Suvi a few years back. It got its name after one of Suvi's Finnish-Swedish friends started wondering what the word "hambo" really means. After a while they came to the conclusion that hambo is really hamnbo, meaning a person living in a harbour.

Roope Aarnio: guitar, mandolin, mandola
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: viola
Julian Sutton: melodeons

8. The Road to Helsinki (Hanhilammen saksanpolkka, The Road to Hels

Comp. Tom Oakes, trad., lyrics trad., arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Sara Puljula, Julian Sutton.

A Finnish singing tune from a singer called Tiila Ilkka (1875-1963) followed by Tom's reel/polka, written for Ian Stephenson when he moved to Finland to study. The Chris Rea reference is not a musical one.

Roope Aarnio: guitar, mandolin
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: viola, vocals
Sara Puljula: double bass
Julian Sutton: melodeons

9. Tenava

Comp. Roope Aarnio, arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Julian Sutton.

Tenava was composed on a dark winters morning in 2005. Roope had promised to bring a polska tune for his band that day, and ended up adding some much needed African sunshine to the piece with a nice gogo-marimba groove to play solos over. The name of the tune came later afte many metamorphoses. 'Tenava' means a little, joyful and mischievous child.

Roope Aarnio: guitar, mandolin, mandola
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: viola
Julian Sutton: melodeons

10. Joe's Tune / The Topiarist

Comp. Tom Oakes, arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Julian Sutton.

Joe Scurfield (1958-2005) was an incredible fiddle player, political activist, uni-cyclist, comedian and all round superstar. He is sadly no longer with us. Tom wrote these two tunes for him. The first tune is a quirky little lullaby and the second jig was written after Tom was asked to renew Joe's 'steam-train' hedge to its former glory.

Roope Aarnio: guitar, mandolin
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: viola
Julian Sutton: melodeons

11. The Man Made Out of Honey

Comp. Suvi Oskala, lyrics trad., arr. Roope Aarnio, Tom Oakes, Suvi Oskala, Sara Puljula, Julian Sutton.

This is one of those tunes that just popped out of Suvi's head one day and seemed just right from the beginning. There was som talk of the chaotic part being too strange when the band first started playing the tune. Gladly we got over the hesitations and the part just keeps getting weirder and weirder all the time. Enjoy! Go crazy! Just mind out for the bees…

Roope Aarnio: guitar, vocals
Tom Oakes: wooden flutes, bansuri, mouth percussion
Suvi Oskala: fiddle, vocals
Sara Puljula: percussions
Julian Sutton: melodeons