BIZARRE BAZAAR

Autumn 2021
Kotka Concert Hall
Kuusankoski Hall
Leader and clarinet
Kari Kriikku

Clarinet wizard Kari Kriikku, by popular request! Here is an artist whose unbelievable, entertaining performances leave no one cold. Bizarre Bazaar is a musical oriental souk, its stalls evocative of Eastern Europe and Arabia seasoned with Nordic gravity. Its breath-taking rhythms echo klezmer, tango and fado. The clarinet is an instrument popular in the folk music of many countries and Kriikku has, over the years, collected a host of works that have stirred him from many cultures. These have then been arranged for clarinet and orchestra. Visiting us tonight are such exotic percussion and string instruments as a darabuka drum and a Turkish lute, and the music will take us through such countries as France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Romania, ending up in Arabia. Klezmer lovers will also be
catered for, and the musical surprises and zest will guarantee an entertaining night out.