May 24th, 2022 10pm Stage 2
Tuomo & Markus
Tuomo & Markus is a Helsinki, Finland based band, fronted by acclaimed Finnish soul artist/jazz musician Tuomo Prättälä and singer/songwriter Markus Nordenstreng of The Latebirds. The group’s six-piece live lineup includes Finnish jazz trumpet sensation Verneri Pohjola.
Tuomo & Markus started by almost by accident. The two singer/songwriters were killing time in Tucson, Arizona and ended up cutting some new music together at a local studio. They were joined by friends who included Wilco’s John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, Calexico-members John Convertino, Joey Burns and Jakob Valenzuela, as well as Gary Louris from The Jayhawks who also contributed the album’s opening track 'Over The Rooftops'. The resulted debut album 'Dead Circles’ was released in North America in September 2018, gaining favourable reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and KEXP.
Following their album release Tuomo & Markus started working on new music together with their California-based compadre Jonathan Wilson (Roger Waters, Father John Misty). These recording sessions - that also featured guitar legend Marc Ribot - turned into a double album titled Game Changing (due September 2022).
While in lockdown Tuomo & Markus also recorded an instrumental album together with Verneri Pohjola. The album will be released in Dolby Atmos in early 2023.
While their craftsmanship and timeless songwriting are rooted in the great American songbook and some of the harmonies may be reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel, Tuomo & Markus have unique voices of their own. Their fearless arrangements combine cosmic Americana with cinematic soundscapes ranging from Nordic jazz to rootsy folk, soul and even prog rock.