Juha Kujanpää (b.1974) is a Finnish composer and musician who operates masterfully in the no-man’s land between folk music, jazz and rock.

Kujanpää’s most recent works include his solo albums “Tales and Travels” (Kivenpyörittäjä), 2013 and “Goldwing” (Kultasiipi) 2015. “Tales and Travels” was selected as one of the best albums of 2013 by the leading Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat. The band, Juha Kujanpää Ensemble, was also nominated as the Band of the Year of Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 2014.

Screenshot20151103230817Kujanpää's music has been released lately also on folk music influenced albums Kirjava lintu: “Unilintu” (2012), Osiris-trio: “Synty” (2011) and Karuna: “Hyvää matkaa/Bon Voyage” (2010). His vocal music composed to poems of Finnish poets has been released on “Kirjava lintu” (2007) (poetry by e.g. Helvi Hämäläinen, Hannele Huovi, Lauri Pohjanpää) and Kentauri: “Että rauha pysyisi” (2004) (poetry by Pentti Saarikoski).

Kujanpää’s works for theatre over the last few years include “An Operetta for Hope / Toivon operetti” (Rovaniemi Theatre 2011, Radio Theatre/YLE 2010, HTT 2008), “Zukkapaitupumbula” (Dance performance for babies, Loiske Ensemble 2012), “Legend of Birth”, (Osiris Theatre 2008-10), “Tippa / Last Call”, monologue of Juha Hippi 2011) and “Kuolemansyntejä, paratiisiuutisia” (Valkeakoski City Theatre 2010).

Kujanpää is working as a musician in bands Karuna, Captain Cougar, Ikiranka, Ville Ojanen Band, children music band FlipFlop and improvisation theatre group Häpeämättömät. He has performed as a guest musician in albums by e.g. Dave Lindholm, Nikolai Blad, Riku Keskinen, Dile Kolanen and Joakim Berghäll.

Selected discography:

2016 Karuna: Tuulispää (Kuu Records)
2016 Ville Ojanen: Kameleontti
2015 Juha Kujanpää: Kultasiipi – Goldwing (Eclipse)
2015 Flip Flop: Flip Flop
2014 Pekka Nättinen: Usein kasvoin – Many Faces
2014 Captain Cougar: Åkerblomrörelsen (Pinetree)
2013 Juha Kujanpää: Kivenpyörittäjä – Tales and Travels (Kuu)
2013 Joakim Berghäll: Dialogues I (Boulder Music)
2013 Kari Haapala: Ansa (Sirppisiipi)
2012 Dave & Calle Lindholm: The Blue CD (TUM)
2012 Kirjava lintu: Unilintu (Kuu Records)
2011 Nikolai Blad: Asunnoista puheenollen (Karmi)
2011 Isis-trio: Synty - The Legend of Birth (ISIS)

 

2010 Karuna: Hyvää matkaa (Ääniä Records)
2010 Captain Cougar: Of Dreams Long Gone (Pinetree)
2009 Dile Kolanen: Both Sides (Elastic House)
2009 Ville Ojanen: Hero (Seita Music)
2008 Saarikorpi Brom: Water Music (BROM)
2007 Kuha.: Tieteen puolesta - fiktiota vastaan (Kioski)
2007 Kirjava lintu: Kirjava lintu (Kiima-levyt)
2005 Ville Ojanen: Rautavaara (Seita Music)
2004 Kentauri: Että rauha pysyisi (Signal to Noize)
2002 Tuomo Dahlblom: Tuomo Dahlblom (Texicalli)
2000 Kentauri: Hirvikantaa on vähennettävä (Signal to Noize)
2000 CNCD: Harmaa vyöhyke
1995 CNCD: CNCD (TRSI)