Sampo Lassila NARINKKA is a dynamic, virtuosic and new-seeking trio, which music can be called with a new term: "suomiklezmer". ("Suomi", being the Finnish word for “Finland”). Their music is new, Finnish and European worldmusic, acoustic folkjazz, that mixes a wide range of influences from traditional jewish and balkan folk music even to contemporary chamber music and jazz - with distinctive Finnish-sounding melodies and soundworlds, Finnish mentality, humour and musical stories.
Sampo Lassila NARINKKA comes from East-Helsinki, the multicultural and brisk part of Helsinki.
It seems that in it's music, Narinkka may actually find the way to process the european worldmusic -style into the special Finnish atmosphere – the feeling in the Narinkka's music, composed by the leader Sampo Lassila is distinctively slavic, sentimental, rugged, somehow touchingly honest, but suddenly almost scaringly strong. The musical connection between the talented band members really happens – their vision is strong and open.
The phenomenom Suomi (“Finland” in Finnish) is not superimposed on the traditional style, but painted faintly and organically inside the style, without forgetting Finnish melancholic and heartwarming humour.
But, ultimately, Sampo Lassila NARINKKA's acoustic music is really based on that very special moment, when a listener and the musicians can really connect in music, in human music.