Alamaailman Vasarat

Infobox musical artist
Name = Alamaailman Vasarat


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Origin = Finland
Genre = Avant-garde
Klezmer
Years_active = 1997–present
Label = Wolfgang Records
Johanna Kustannus Oy
Associated_acts = Höyry-Kone
URL = [http://www.vasarat.com/ Official Site]
Current_members = Jarno Sarkula
Erno Haukkala
Miikka Huttunen
Tuukka Helminen
Marko Manninen
Teemu Hänninen
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Alamaailman Vasarat ("Hammers of the Underworld") is a cult avant-garde Finnish group. Their music covers a wide range of styles and influences and is therefore difficult to classify; on their official website they jokingly refer to their style as being "kebab-kosher-jazz-film-traffic-punk-music." Much of their music is reminiscent of klezmer music.

Alamaailman Vasarat is an off-shoot of Höyry-Kone created by drummer Teemu Hänninen and Jarno Sarkula, who played bass guitar earlier and start with soprano saxophone. The popularity of the band was partially ignited by the television presence of Jarno Sarkula on the now defunct MoonTV cable-channel which also aired the band's music videos from their debut album "Vasaraasia".

The debut album "Vasaraasia" hit "Europe Top-20" chart, peaking at position #7.

Alamaailman Vasarat also has composed and performed film music: most recently for an award-winning animated movie called “Elukka” by Tatu Pohjavirta and for a forthcoming full-length movie about a Finnish painter Kalervo Palsa by Pekka Lehto.

Band members

* Jarno Sarkula (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor and bass saxophones, clarinet, contrabass clarinet, various ethnic woodwind instruments)
* Erno Haukkala (trombone, tuba, piccolo trombone)
* Miikka Huttunen (pump organ, grand piano, keyboards, melodica)
* Tuukka Helminen (cello)
* Marko Manninen (cello)
* Teemu Hänninen (drums, percussion)

Discography

* "Vasaraasia" (2000) Wolfgang Records
* "Käärmelautakunta" (2003) Wolfgang Records
* "Kinaporin Kalifaatti" with "Tuomari Nurmio" (2005) Johanna Kustannus Oy
* "Maahan" (2007) Wolfgang Records

External links

* [http://www.vasarat.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.myspace.com/alamaailmanvasaratofficial Alamaailman Vasarat MySpace]


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