The album presents a fusion of Somadelia, Juju Space Jazz, Sahelian Generative, Nordic Throb and Post-Tribal Bliss (invented genres, to reflect the difficulty of categorising one’s music nowadays). Recorded and crafted in various locations over the years, the music paints an impression of the rhythms, melodies and sonic textures of its geographies: Lagos, Cotonou, Ouagadougou, Dakar, Fez, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki and Paris.
The release consists of outtakes from my forthcoming Interspaces and Earth Variations albums as well as from the previous Flash of the Spirit, Pulses/Radiance and Sahara albums – featuring also the Beninese virtuoso Noel Saizonou of Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble on vocals and percussion, and the Syrian bass legend Omar Harb on bass. It also includes a previously unreleased track from LOS-HEL: Possible Cities, with a Lagos Soundscape by Emeka Ogboh.
‘Sharawadji’ refers to an aesthetic effect that characterizes the feeling of plenitude that is sometimes created by the contemplation of a sound motif or a complex soundscape of inexplicable beauty. It is the sublime of the everyday.
released January 1, 2022
All tracks written, performed and mixed by Ilpo Jauhiainen
'Ceremony' cowritten by Ari Koskinen; steam synth, bass rumble and original drum programming by Ari Koskinen
'Agbo' & 'Tchinkumin' cowritten by Noel Saizonou; vocals (Agbo) and percussions by Noel Saizonou. Recorded by Heta Kaisto and Petteri Mäkiniemi
'Dusk Melody' cowritten by Omar Harb; melodic bass by Omar Harb
Lagos Soundscape on 'Possible City' by Emeka Ogboh
Produced by Ilpo Jauhiainen
Mastered by Gregor Zemljic at Earresistible Mastering
Cover art and design by Ilpo Jauhiainen
Warmth and gratitude: Noel Saizonou, Omar Harb, Emeka Ogboh, Ari Koskinen, Gregor Zemljic, Heta Kaisto, Petteri Mäkiniemi, Missla Libsekal, Penni Vasama, Viktoriia Vitrenko, Yassmin Abdel-Magied.
Ilpo (Ilpo Jauhiainen, b. 1977 Finland) is a composer, music producer and sound artist. He works collaboratively and
globally across the arts. His musical interests revolve around the possibilities and combinations of music and sound art, new global musical styles, contemporary classical and generative music....more