Smart & Soulful, this dynamic duo brings a fresh, new & exciting angle to an acoustic Jazz Duo.Led by the little blond with the big voice, Johanna Sillanpaa and co-lead by guitarist Aaron Young, this accomplished is very well rounded twosome can cover many styles and flavors of music. They hail from far away places like Sweden and Saskatchewan, tossing their individual influences in the collective talent pot that is Sillan & Young. They’re accomplished on their respective instruments and they are both dedicated to their art, oozing the passion and heart it takes to succeed in this fickle business.The duo is known for their live performances, and has traveled across Canada and the U.S. playing venues ranging in size from intimate concerts to major festival stages.
Whether you’re listening to them on your ipod or lucky enough to lap them up in person, you’ll quickly try to categorize their oddly uncategorizable sound. Is it the love child of Damien Rice and India Arie? Perhaps. Is it a younger and sassier second cousin of Dianna Krall? Maybe. The real answer is Sillan & Young are simply and authentically 100% Sillan & Young. They are happy to sound like themselves.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Great singing and exceptional guitar playing and grooves. Then the depth and quality of the songs hit you. Truly great talent.”
-Holger Peterson, Host, Saturday Night Blues, CBC Radio One
“In your living room, in your car, on your iPod…actually, anywhere you want a lovely soundtrack for your day, that’s where this new album from Sillan & Young belongs”.
– Tim Tamashiro, Host for Tonic, CBC Radio 2 regarding ‘Under My feet
“Aaron Young is one of the finest one-man guitar shows around. From elements of Bruce Cockburn to Jim Hall, Aaron creates a full sound scape while maintaining a transparency that allows Johanna’s voice to remain the focus.”
-Lyle Rebbeck, Artistic Director, Medicine Hat Jazz Festival
“Johanna Sillanpaa is hands down the most talented and creative performer that I’ve dealt with in the last 5 years. Much like Norah Jones did in 2002, Johanna comes to the music from a fresh new angle. It’s exciting, original and I get response every time I play her music. Now that’s rare.”
– John Beaudin, Program Director, www.smoothjazznow.com
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