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Signe is a name that comes from the ancient Scandinavian mythology meaning a female triumphant. A similar word in other languages means ‘sign’, a reference to the improvisation incorporated in the band’s music, taking traditional jazz expression in new directions through an unusual lineup of three vocalists and a double bass. In Signe’s music, influences drawn from contemporary classical and folk music coexist alongside those of Nordic jazz, and the music flows and meanders freely following the unmapped paths of improvisation.
Signe released their first full-lenght album in February 2019 through Eclipse Music and toured Finland extensively in March 2019. The quartet represented Finnish jazz at the Nordic Jazz Comets showcase at EFG London Jazz Festival in November 2018 and in Oslo Jazz Festival's Nordic Showcase in August 2017. The group has released also a self-titled EP in December 2017.
Riikka Keränen - vocals
Selma Savolainen - vocals
Josefiina Vannesluoma - vocals
Kaisa Mäensivu - double bass
"These tautly-connected quartet of vocalists—one being bassist-vocalist Kaisa Mäensivu,[...] —conjured up a compelling and malleable ensemble identity, moving between folk music links to classical and jazz sonorities, and more experimental touches. The sum effect was quite stunning, and ear/mind-opening."
"Vihdoinkin yhtye, jossa ääntä käytetään kuin aitoa jazzinstrumenttia! Neljän naisen ääneen ja yhden kontrabasson bändissä on sitä paitsi vielä kuudes elementti, joka aika monelta muulta yhtyeeltä puuttuu: mahtavat lyriikat."