Bajo Cero @ Lost in Music Festival

Lost in Music is an annual city festival held in downtown Tampere, southern Finland. There over 100 artists perform to approximately 15 000 viewers in the best clubs and venues of Tampere. Lost in Music is a unique live event, serving a broader selection of current music than any other festival in Finland. This is the place to check out the hottest artists of today and tomorrow!

Bajo Cero is performing at Lost in Music Festival
Fri 16th Oct at 19:00 Bar Passion
Ticket info: https://www.lostinmusic.fi/tickets

We’ve got the fire burning!

This Autumn has been a different kind of Autumn in many ways. The Bajo Cero crew left in Oulu has been kind of re-organizing itself after Okko moved down to the Big City (a.k.a Helsinki) and we’ve been having a pause in doing gigs too. Sometimes it’s good to slow down and stop for a while. Like our song Hierro suggests:

Everyone’s been up to something on their own (for example someone has been continuing his renovation project, which has turned into something almost philosophical, another has re-discovered his love for basketball, one has gotten engaged without the other band members even hearing about it… etc) I myself have been travelling around because of my work so much during the Autumn that it feels almost like I’m on a trip all the time.

Now we are finally travelling all together – the whole Bajo Cero! Last night we gathered the Oulu crew and had a band practice for the upcoming mini tour this weekend. We sure got the fire burning again!

 

So now it’s good to continue on together, towards the urban rhythms and electro-acoustic experiments of Autumn. And above all, towards dear friends.

Bajo Cero’s Rewind Mini Tour in Helsinki and Hämeenlinna 31.10.-2.11.2013.

– Anna

Summer gigs in Oulu

Bajo Cero plays two summer gigs in their home town Oulu in June.

The first gig is at Nuclear Nightclub on  wednesday the 26th of June. Nuclear Nightclub was recently woted as the best gig place in town (according to the readers of City-lehti newspaper).

The second gig will be at the brand new Juurihoito Festival at the Oulu market square on friday the 28th. The event is a part of the Oulu Days city festival.

The Song Navigator – Mi Esquina: My street corner

(c) Jussi Heikkinen

This song brings back memories of a time when Bajo Cero was still Anna, Okko, Kili, Elina, Antti and Joonas and I was still playing some rock-type music. To be honest I was getting tired of trying to find the perfect marriage between the sounds of Metallica and Incubus. Hence, it was no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed seeing “Bajo” for the first time in Tervahovi, the long lost neighbor of the beloved NGO.

During this gig I went through all the emotions that an emotionally restricted and artistically introvert Finnish man would experience when he feels the need to dance but can’t bring himself to do more than grin and tap to the tempo with his foot. Even after that I would look around me nervously –did anyone see me do that?

Mi Esquina brings together some of the things I like about Bajo Cero the most. It is danceable, lively, groovy and catchy. The funky rhythm, contemporary arrangement and fusion between different musical styles like reggae and flamenco make it interesting to listen to as well as play. At first pretty much all I did was listening as my one and only instrument in the song was the shaker. Say what you will, but even if my role as an instrumentalist wasn’t great, because of it I got a chance to ease myself into the band and the style of music it was playing quite easily. Later on I started scratch in Mi Esquina as well as some other songs which gave much more personal depth to the expression from my side of the turntable.

When playing live, Mi Esquina is one of those songs that spark a good connection and interaction between musicians on stage. Often I find that when the set list says “Esquina” the tension that everyone felt before the gig gets finally turned into eye contacts, jamming, dancing, shaking, clapping, laughing and even fooling around to a degree. At this point I usually also notice the guys standing on the edges of the audience slightly grinning and tapping to the tempo with their hands in their pockets. They would like to move to the music too.

Mi Esquina talks about a loss being a blessing as well. The narrator of the lyrics sits in a street corner and watches a stream of people passing by. This is still only one side of the story, because Mi Esquina is the street corner in which I learned to dance and express myself better. I hope that some other people will stop here in my street corner too by listening to the album or coming to the gigs.

-Juhani