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Café de Abejas & Friends!

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In the fall 2018, we have our own club at the fantastic Tenho Restobar, with our favourite guest bands and burlesque performers! Oh Sweethearts, this is going to be absolutely magical:  Each evening has a theme reflecting the guest performers’s style of music or choice of subject. We also play a special set that reflects the theme, and new songs are going to pop up by the end of the season. Grab your friends and come see our friends!

October 22 – Escapism and Wonder
music guest Mäkelä & Markus
burlesque by Sin D. Skye

November 20 – Eschatology and Rapture
music guest The Bikini Brothers
boylesque by Hasard le Sin

December 18 – *Theme to be announced*
music guest Detritus
burlesque by Armi Von Vep

Tenho Restobar
Helsinginkatu 15
Showtime 19-22 pm

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Souvenirs of Savoy

Sweethearts! Feast your eyes on these great pictures by Timo Kirves from our gig at Savoy-teatteri, co-starring burlesque sensation Armi Von Vep and featuring Josef Donner! Lights by Roy Boswell and Jere Kolehmainen, sounds (sadly inaudible for now) by Gabriel Herrero! Ah what a night to remember, thank you darlings for coming en masse, thank you for screaming and shouting and sobbing and supporting!

We are now retiring for a small songwriting pause for the summer, be sure to check back for concerts in August! Have a warm, wanton and wonderful summer, Sweethearts, we love you to bits!

– Your devoted dandies

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SAVOY 7.4.2017

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Sweethearts! Exactly one month to go until we take over the stage of Savoy Theatre!  Get you tickets from lippu.fi and tell us you’re coming at the Facebook event (in Finnish)!

Chanson cabaret band Café de Abejas returns to Savoy Theatre with a new show featuring burlesque artist Armi Von Vep. Music, burlesque, performance arts, storytelling and magic mix in an evening of decadence, romance and humour.

Finland’s only chanson-cabaret-dandy-band Café de Abejas was formed in 2011. Their witty, elegant songwriting evokes the spirit of Weimar-era cabaret. The band has released two albums, Mascot Moth (2013) and Is This Casablanca? (2015). At Savoy Theatre they’ll also perform new songs from the forthcoming third album.

Armi Von Vep
is a burlesque and performance artist, GoGo dancer, art model and midwife. Von Vep was the 1
st runner up of ‘Burlesque Entertainer of the Year’ competition in Berlin Burlesque Week 2016, and is returning this year to perform at the main gala.

Laura Reunanen – Vocals
J.W. Ralli – Guitar, vocals
Saara Viika – Cello
Ilari Launonen – Percussions
Armi Von Vep – Burlesque and performance art

Savoy Theatre, Kasarmikatu 46-48 HELSINKI
(Duration 2 hours incl. intermission)

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STILL IN YOUR SHADE 20.11.2016

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Still in your shade on kahden, ensinäkemältä varsin erilaisen yhtyeen yhteinen tutkimusmatka siihen, mikä musiikissa puhuttelee ja miten – ja ketä. Barokkiyhtye Detritus ja kabareebändi Café de Abejas kertovat yhdessä samaa tarinaa, kumpikin omalla musiikillisella kielellään sekä yhteistä kieltä etsien.

Työnimellä Biomassa kulkeva projekti haluaa herätellä yleisöä miettimään, mikä eri musiikkilajeissa puhuttelee ja kuinka paljon kuuntelemme silmillä. Saako toisen musiikilliselle reviirille mennä? Ohjaako musiikki tanssia vai päinvastoin? Muuttuuko kuulemamme sen mukaan mitä näemme? Uskomme, että valo ohjaa varjoa, mutta onko se niin?

Still in your shade leikkii ajatuksella varjostamisesta ja varjossa olosta: Kumpikin musiikkilaji – barokki ja kabaree – ovat valtavirran varjossa, ja esityksessä yhtyeet kertovat yhteistä tarinaa toisiaan valaisten ja varjostaen. Liikettä varjoihin luo tanssija Tero Hytönen.

Su 20.11.2016 klo 19
Topeliuksenkatu 16
Liput ovelta 10€ / 5€
Väliaikatarjoilu.
Tervetuloa!

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IN ENGLISH

Still in your shade combines Baroque music, modern cabaret and contemporary dance in a fresh mix of light and shade.
Detritus and Café de Abejas play the music of Thessier, Moulinie, Purcell and Café de Abejas. Dance by Tero Hytönen.

Sunday 20th November, 7 pm
Topeliuksenkatu 16, Helsinki

Tickets 10€ / 5€ from the door.
Welcome!

Facebook event

Detritus
Milla Mäkinen, laulu
Jannika Lahin, viulut
Martti Laivuori, gamba ja sello
Kaisamaija Uljas, barokkibanjot

Café de Abejas
Laura Reunanen, laulu
J. W. Ralli, kitara ja laulu
Saara Viika, sello
Ilari Launonen, perkussiot

Tero Hytönen, tanssi

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Thank you, Napuefest!

Thank you, Napuefest, thank you Isokyrö! What a beautiful event, what a beautiful weather, what a beautiful audience, we had such a good time performing! A big thank you to the organisation and all the bands, The Valkyrians got us dancing so wild Laura’s shoes were completely shattered. Overwhelmed and overjoyed! We’re going to have a small practice break, but already in September and October we’re going to have several shows with the entire dandy band AND the fabulous Armi Von Vep, so keep your eyes peeled and follow our social media!

So much LOVE,

Jere, Laura & Ilari

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Film Noir at Pastis, once more with feeling!

Today is our last Film Noir evening at Ravintola Pastis, and what a time we’ve had there this year! This has been a wonderful experience which has included all of our favourite things in life – great music, fabulous food and fantastic people. Once more, with so many feelings! See it on Facebook.

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Film Noir & French Cuisine!

Fabulous news for the Fall, Sweethearts!

Imagine an evening at your favourite French bistro, sitting down with an old friend, sipping champagne and pastis. Imagine your favourite band playing in the corner. Imagine closing your eyes, and opening them again at Café Americain, next to Hoagy, Bogey and Bacall. We did, and this is what happened:

We are happy to announce ‘Pastis goes Film Noir avec Café de Abejas’, a series of Show & Dinner evenings at Ravintola Pastis, Helsinki! With a special dinner menu by the chef, and two sets of golden era Hollywood music by yours truly, these are promising to be the wonderfullest tiny shows we’ve done so far! Of course the songs will be arranged for our peculiar tastes, and of course there will be some of our own Casablanca thrown into the mix as well.

The evenings are going to be very intimate, with only 30-odd seats reserved for each evening. The tickets are on sale as of this morning, and they are selling FAST! So Sweethearts, tout de suite, get your seats here: http://www.tiketti.fi/Pastis-goes-Film-Noir-avec-Cafe…/34126

Have a wonderful week, and see you at a gig, darling dolls!

Laura & Jere

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Four Stars in HS & La Lirio LIVE!

Helsingin Sanomat gave us four stars in their review! (That’s the largest newspaper in the Nordic countries, for you who were wondering.) They also said it’s a pity that you probably won’t hear our songs on the radio. We fully agree. Poor, poor radio, what is this illness that makes our heartwarming ballads too strange and wild for you?

And while we’re on the subject of ballads, we promised something yesterday – a song fresh from the album release concert for those you who couldn’t make it! Special thanks belong to our two brothers who filmed us, Roy Boswell who saved us from having to operate the lights ourselves (and look at all the beautiful drama he’s creating here!) – and, as always, our Dandy-Daddy Juha Reunanen for the sounds and everything else besides.

Oh, and we heard that a certain someone arranged a Film Noir get-together in Scotland to celebrate our album release. What a Super Sweetheart, this one’s for you!

-Laura

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Sweethearts! It’s 2015, and it’s almost two years since we released Mascot Moth. During those two years we’ve played around Europe and Finland, arranged an all-night concert with video projections and performance art at one of Helsinki’s most established venues, grown together as a band and, as a result, written and recorded a new album. Where 2014 was mostly about planning and executing the Savoy gig (spring) and putting together the new album (autumn), this year’s gonna be all about playing gigs again!

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On stage at Monbijou Park, Berlin, 2013

Although we’ve played a lot of shows and private functions during the last few years, with wonderful bands and for wonderful people, there’s only been a handful of concerts we’ve arranged by and for ourselves. Those have been the ones with aerial hoops and jazz dance lessons and burlesque and cocktails and cabaret and stuff. Those are the gigs we want to make! And the new album, Is This Casablanca?, is just full of stories and film noir and cabaret just waiting to be played out and acted on stage.  It will all start with the album release party in February.

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We just love doing this!

The above being said, we also love just getting intimate as a duo, and playing obvious and not so obvious cover songs for great crowds! So, as a Swedish gentleman once put it, “More is more!“. We’ll definitely focus on doing Shows – yes, with a capital S – at nice locations (with the lovely performer in the above picture!) for you, but there’s always great bands to play with and great venues to spend lovely evenings at, and we absolutely can’t say no to that!

Our first gig of the year is on January 9th at Semifinal, Helsinki, with the amazing Valo. We’re really happy to play with them, and a little scared too, because their vocalist actually sometimes gives us singing lessons. For me it’s just an evening with two absolutely superb singers backed by two absolutely wonderful bands on the same stage! So come see the show and hear the new songs and discover VALO, if you haven’t yet.

A wonderful new year to all of you lovelies out there,

-Jere

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New album, Lost in Music, Spotify & Deezer!

Sweethearts! It’s Sextili, or Fructidor, or August if you wish, the month of the Poppy, the birthmonth of Leo (Laura) and Virgo (Jere). It marks the transition from summer to fall, and is a common month for harvest. During the summer we’ve sown some, and now it’s time to reap!

The three big news items:

1. We’ve started pre-production for our next album! It’s going to be wonderful! We’ll keep you posted on the twists and turns of this epic saga.

2. We’re playing at the Lost in Music festival, the biggest annual showcase festival in Finland, this October in Tampere. If you missed Kammerkabarett, or the various duo gigs we played during the summer, come and see us at Lost in Music to hear some of the new songs. You can find our producer Martiina Laaksonen and the band at Lost in Music and Musiikki & Media.

We are looking for partners to work with in Europe, and most specifically a booking agency and/or distributor for Germany. We love playing in Germany, her people have always treated us kindly, the audiences have been wonderful and their feedback enthusiastic. Dear German sweethearts, we want to come to you! It’s just that we are concentrating on the new album, so we simply don’t have the time and the energy to book the gigs ourselves.

3. Last but not least: You can now download ‘Mascot Moth’ from iTunes or Google Play Store, or you can stream the entire album through Spotify or Deezer. Deezer also hosts a playlist for the artists performing at Lost in Music. There are many interesting Finnish bands there, so give it a listen!

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Playing at Korjaamo, Helsinki, this June at Töölön juhlaviikko. Picture by Pepita Kautto.

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