Album reviews

“…AT it’s best tracks the album reaches the top class of Finnish Jazz scene…Pianist Aurora Hentunen’s debut album reveals a diversed and matured vision.  Hentunen’s piano solo played with partly damped strings surprises you with a great Cecil Taylor kind of free jazz vibe, that works well.” -Jazzpossu /rosvot.fi

”FOR a debut album, Second Spring is a notably original small masterpiece. It tells Hentunen’s personal stories so strongly they nearly get under your skin. The songs are like small, delicate stories and imageries, and the album as a whole is expertly put together. They’re tied together by a sense of timelessness and tranquil peacefulness. Even at its strongest the music doesn’t assault the listener, but instead invites the listener into its arms. Second Spring begins, flows and ends beautifully, like a quietly babbling brook. ” -Mika Terho / Etelä-Saimaa

”…ALSO it should be emphasized that Hentunen is a very melodic composer. There are many great melodies on the album that will surely stick in the listener’s mind. For approaching music, melody and feeling are an important couple, and Hentunen’s significance is also lifted by the originality of the tonality. Combining easily understandable melodies with exciting structures and by that creating a fascinating atmosphere is not an easy task. ” - Pentti Ronkanen / suomijazz.fi

Gig reviews

"AURORA Hentunen Quartet turned out to already be fine and polished, but above all a group of great potential that we can expect a lot from in the future. Hentunen’s music managed to convince on a very comprehensive level, and in general it was a sort of ”freshness” that yours truly was especially charmed by.” - Minna Rusanen / Jyri Ojala / Sanomalehti Karjalainen

“THE different moods and atmosphere quickly followed one another giving [the listener] shivers. Aurora Hentunen Quartet offered a whole set of varied incredibly fresh and unique music. Players were on the same page and it was a pleasure to observe them; the members exchanged meaningful glances, spontaneous smiles and laughs. Band’s playing was beautiful, seamless teamwork and seemed effortless. We will definitely be hearing more about this diverse promising pianist and her band!” - Minttu Kallinen / Vaarojen Sanomat

Interviews

jazzfinland.fi (09/2018)

Podcast on NPO’s Co Live! -program (06/2018)

Documentary film about women in jazz (04/2018)

sexism in Jazz (10/2017)

esaimaa.fi (08/2017)