Club For Five
Fossano, via Dante 18
Opening act: Melomans
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Finland’s favorite vocal quintet Club For Five (CFF) is known for its lively
performances and open-minded approach to singing – sometimes even challenging conventional wisdom about the capabilities of the human voice. Rooted in Nordic music tradition, but strongly influenced by jazz and pop the music of five skilled vocalists – Maija Sariola, Saima Haapanen, Jouni Kannisto, Juha Viitala and Tuukka Haapaniemi – is full of colors and delightful energy. While a big part of their repertoire is in English, when touring outside Finland, CFF also loves to bring pieces of Helsinki
with them, and include some songs in Finnish. Icy cold winter and the haunting landscapes of the North translate naturally into beautiful jazz harmonies and etno flavors.
In 2009 “You’re the Voice”, the acclaimed cover album consisting of the singers’ own personal top hits, included a startling deep bass solo version of the Dire Straits song “Brothers in Arms”. The song has since become one of the signature songs of Club For Five. Nowadays, whether in Europe or in Asia, the audience rarely allows the group to leave the stage without singing this song! Club For Five has released 13 studio albums (6 of them being gold selling) since 2004. Latest album (VIRRET, 2020) was recorded in a cathedral and includes Finnish classical hymns. Currently CFF is recording their next studio album which will be released in May 2023. The ensemble is famous for their high level, expertly crafted studio work, and has received multiple
Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA) nominations and actual awards as well.
CFF is a group that genuinely loves to sing both classical hymns and heavy metal and still always amazes by making it their own and sounding perfectly fluent, no matter what they do. Shifting between or combining musical styles comes naturally to them: being first right at home singing gentle jazz harmonies and then in an instant transforming into a pop group playing tight grooves in a fully fleshed out band sound. The effortless instrumental singing ranges from electric guitars to clarinets, complemented by edgy beats and truly earth shaking bass. Audiences are delighted by CFF’s chameleon-like qualities and tendency to abruptly change direction during the show just to keep it interesting.
CFF has also performed with orchestras. In particular, the Finnish top-notch big bands, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra And Air Force Big Band, have collaborated with CFF on many projects ranging from contemporary jazz and Glenn Miller & the Modernaires repertoire to Finnish tango music. In addition to singing full-time, Club For Five works with other groups and singers on all levels giving them workshops, master-classes and lessons as a band and as individuals. CFF tours regularly across Finland. With four Christmas albums in their catalogue, a big annual Christmas tour of theirs has become a tradition for many Finns.
This multitalented group has been entertaining audiences already for almost over 22 years now and they take an advantage of their artistical versatility. They have toured internationally and earned a reputation as one of the best and most versatile a cappella groups in the world.