// Harri Kuusijärvi has explored accordion music with an exceptionally wide angle. He has forged a formidable reputation for performing contemporary repertoire for accordion, and has given concerts in several stages around the world.
// Kuusijärvi is actively working with many different groups of contemporary jazz and world music, such as Harri Kuusijärvi Koutus, Sole Azul and Lehtojärven Hirvenpää. He has also performed with Hyväluoma Group, Paleface & Laulava Unioni, Tango à la Yona, Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha, Sampo Lassila Narinkka, Alder Ego, Anssi Salminen Band, Gourmet, Angelika Klas & Iikka Kotajan Tangotrio, Samuli Edelmann & Orkestra Suora Lähetys, UMUU Ensemble and Korvat Auki Ensemble among others. His solo albums Koutus (2014) and Music For A Family Picnic (2017) have been internationally acclaimed by critics of jazz, rock and world music.
// Kuusijärvi has worked in productions of YLE, Finnish National Theatre and Helsinki City Theatre among many others. He has premiered accordion works of Timo Alakotila, Sergio Castrillón, Jussi-Matti Haavisto, Pasi Lyytikäinen, Artturi Rönkä, Lauri Supponen, Riikka Talvitie, Kalle Vainio, Ville Vokkolainen, Kalle Ylitalo and Sauli Zinovjev. In 2011 Kuusijärvi was awarded the 2nd prize in Arrasate Hiria, one of world’s most prestigious international accordion contests.
// Kuusijärvi is a visiting lecturer in improvisation in the Sibelius Academy and a teacher of pop-jazz accordion in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki. He has studied contemporary accordion with Veli Kujala, Matti Rantanen and Mika Väyrynen in the Sibelius Academy.
HARRI KUUSIJÄRVI KOUTUS
Harri Kuusijärvi, accordion, electronics & compositions
Veikki Virkajärvi, electric guitar
Mikael Myrskog, synths
Jesse Ojajärvi, drums