Bray Jazz Festival 2024

Peltomaa Fraanje Perkola Trio (Finland/Holland)

A remarkable European trio whose music mixes elements of medieval and electronic music with jazz, Peltomaa Fraanje Perkola Trio create meditative and dreamlike soundscapes that are both alluring and captivating.

Combining the talents of early music prodigy Mikko Perkola, who plays the 15th century viola da gamba, his Finnish counterpart, singer Aino Peltomaa, and Dutch pianist Harmen Fraanje, the trio’s visit to Bray will coincide with the launch of their second album.

The group combine sounds of the human voice, piano and viola da gamba with electronic effects and medieval harp to create post-classical music that is both haunting and atmospheric.

Their songs are fascinating original poetry from singer Aino Peltomaa, Finnish poet Saima Harmaja, Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179), and from the Cantus Sororum (Songs of the Sisters), a collection of medieval Bridgettine chants. The trio is fascinated by how these beautiful medieval melodies and texts speak to us now.

Venue: Bray Town Hall (Upstairs)