Markku Lepistö & Mikko Helenius
Nordic folk with flavors of classical and jazz.
MARKKU LEPISTÖ, diatonic accordion
MIKKO HELENIUS, organ
Markku Lepistö & Mikko Helenius are Finnish all-star musicians with skills of mixing many different music styles. Lepistö is one of the best-known proponents of new Finnish and Nordic folk accordion music and Helenius is highly respected concert and church music organist as well as a great bandoneon player. Markku and Mikko started their project with accordion and organ in 2016 at the same time when Markku finished his doctoral degree in music.
“When you put accordion and organ together, the result could be awful. But now it´s awesome!” descriped one of the main classical music critics Veijo Murtomäki of the duo´s debut album “Bellows and Pipes” in a Finnish main newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Afterwards their album has got several other great reviews in Finland and Europe.
Duo’s repertoire consists of both traditional and contemporary folk music played with diatonic accordion and church organ. Their music can be descriped as a mixture of nordic folk and classical music with flavours of jazz. Their musical skills makes the acoustic sound rich and warm and their compositions are full of joy, graciousness, sorrow and hope.
Bellows and Pipes (2019)
1 Himlens polska
2. Lakeuden risti
Suite for Accordion and Organ
4. First Waltz 3.14
5. Choral 3.24
6. Second Waltz 3.45
7. Promise 4.03
9. Gammal fäbodpsalm från Dalarna
11. Sen suven suloisuutta
“project built on belief and passion
by two oustanding musicians” Fiona Talkington, Songlines ****