March 2017

Tesipeli 20  (1997 - 2017)

Tesipeli is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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February 2017
Bass guitar player Marko Níemelä will complete the line up after Päivi's departure.

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January 2017
Päivi has left Tesipeli for personal reasons. We would like to thank her for all her
contributions to Tesipeli and wish her all the best in future efforts.

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March 2014

Tesipeli, as seen on TV.

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November 2013

 Tesipeli has been chosen to perform at Marrasjärvi Pyytömiehet 50th anniversary party at Pehtoori.

Päivi Tuomikumpu reunites with Tesipeli on November 22, 2013.

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August 2013

A song dedicated to founding member of Tesipeli, Esko Moilanen, was released today.
Read more about it here.

Merja Tapio's last gig with Tesipeli, August 10, 2013.

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August 2013

Dancing With Tesipeli! event rages on!
Next time the festivities will be held at Poro-Pekan Pirtti on August 10.

 

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July 2013
Tesipeli would once again like to thank the audience on summer gigs.
A special appreciation goes to numerous wedding couples who has
counted on us providing them with the all crucial kick start to their marriage.

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June 2013

Tesipeli Facebook page sweepstake winner was chosen by
Random.org on behalf of Tesipeli's headquarters.

The lucky winner and proud owner of Tesipeli-T-shirt is Jaana Huhtala-Pekkala.

 

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May 2013

Tesipeli's rhytm section will serve as a backing band for a theatre
group Räväsojan Känsäkourat. Their new play premiers on May 12.
 

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April 2013

Tesipeli takes part in a charity supporting the well-being of children.
Donation is channelled through Tesipeli's booking office, Tekijänosuus,
to Let the children play organization, which in turn directs the support
to children's unit in Lapin Keskussairaala.
 

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March 2013

Facemaking Productions has launched a new live show series:

Dancing With Tesipeli!

Winners will be awarded with special prizes during each show.
Enrollment in advance not required.


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August 2012

Tesipeli vocalist Paavo Yrjänheikki comes second in singing contest.

Contestants had to pass strict qualifications to take part in the finals held in Aavasaksa.

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May 2012

Esko Moilanen, a founding member of Tesipeli, passed away on May 8, 2012. We are deeply saddened
by the loss of, not only a band mate, but a dear friend. He was an integral part of the band and a true
companion throughout the years. His time keeping and personality will be greatly missed. Every beat will
echo memories of times we had together. Our thoughts are with him, his family and loved ones.


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March 2012

Tesipeli is honoured to accept the offer to play at a charity ball in April 21, 2012.
The ball held in Hotel Pohjanhovi is organized by the Heart, Brain and Diabetes Associations.
All funds will go to Tulppa-rehabilitation.
Tesipeli will share the stage with The Ramsons.

The representatives of the organizers with the official guardian of the event, Santa Claus.

 

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January 2012
Reacting to demand, excerpts from Tesipeli´s recorded publications
have been added on Products page and on Tesipeli´s MySpace page as well.

 

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November 2011
Ari Tapio takes up his original duties on bass.
Teppo Peltonen is substituting for Esko Moilanen.

 

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September 2011
New dates for Aivan Sama play have been confirmed for this autumn.
Next performance is on September 11 at 15:00 in theatre Wiljami.
 

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November 2010

The critically acclaimed musical theatre play, Aivan Sama,  written by Tesipeli guitar player will be reproduced by
Räväsojan Känsäkourat. The second opening night of the play is scheduled in spring 2011.

 

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May 2010

Tesipeli-song Aivan sama is released on a compilation album Suomalaisen iskelmän kavalkadi (MICD 1001).
The record is available on record stores throughout the nation.

 

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April 2010

Tesipeli in on a well deserved break.

 

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November 2009

Kulovalkea palaa, a new Tesipeli-recording is released on Countenance Records label.

 

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July 2009
 
From now on Tesipeli will perform with its Mk II line up as Ari Tapio

has decided to leave the band according to his earlier announcement.

 

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June 2009

Tesipeli has accepted to headline the early summer city festivities, Rovakadun markkinat.

The event will be held on June 12. - 13. 2009.

Tesipeli has invited a band called Crushing Circle to perform on each day!

 

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January 2009
They say lightning does not strike twice. Well, we`ve got news for you!
For the next six months Tesipeli will perform with legendary original line up as
Ari Tapio has officially reunited with the band.

 

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September 14th 2008
Tesipeli notebook is published by Facemaking Productions.
The book is available by
email at 10eur.

 

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March 17th 2008
Tesipeli-guitar player Harri Mommo has distingueshed himself in composing the music and writing the script to his first stage play
Aivan sama.
He received an award for his efforts at Teatterihelinat festivals,
The production will see its first night in Rovaniemi at Theatre Wiljami on April 13th 2008.

 

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November 14th 2007
Adjusting to prevailing requirements has always been Tesipeli`s pride and honour.
Recently we have gotten our fair share of special occasion shows with encouraging feedback.
We strive to keep our product broad based and suitable for large variety of situations.
Regarding the recent reviews, we have succeeded in that. Thank you!

 

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October 14th 2007
Facemaking Productions releases a maxi-single by a recording artist
Ari-Pekka.

 

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September 14th 2007
Due to massive phone correspondence Tesipeli's booking office wishes to announce that clients may also use email as an alternative
when contacting
Tesipeli head quarters.

 

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July 14th 2007
Tesipeli are chosen to be the headline act for this year`s Harvest Celebration.
The two day festivities are held nearby Hotel Pohjanhovi during 11th - 12th August 2007.

 

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March 14th 2007
Tesipeli has negotiated a publication deal concerning the new notebook of Tesipeli compositions with Facemaking Publications.
The book will be published along with the new album.

 

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November 14th 2006
Adjusting to prevailing requirements has always been Tesipeli`s pride and honour.
Recently we have gotten our fair share of special occasion shows with encouraging feedback.
We strive to keep our product broad based and suitable for large variety of situations.
Regarding the recent reviews, we have succeeded in that. Thank you!

 

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October 14th 2006
Facemaking Productions makes a leap across the boundaries releasing the new recording of a religious band
Definer.
The CD Water Into Wine is available only
here.

 

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September 14th 2006
Autumn well on its way, there still might be a night or two available for the seasons` occasions.
Find out at
Tesipeli Head Quarters / Booking & Management.

 

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August 14th 2006
Tesipeli nailed down the backing tracks at
HarMony Recording Studios for Anne Marjaana`s new release Aurinko laskee länteen.

 

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July 14th 2006
The bulk of our summer gigs are wedding parties.
Thank you all for a successful choice!

 

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June 14th 2006
Get ready for the massive midsummer`s day festivities.
This year Tesipeli will shine along with the sun at Sonkamökit, Rovaniemi, Finland.

 

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May 14th, 2006
Tesipeli is preparing to hit the stage for the annual
Naisten- ja miestentanssit-festival held at the Workingman`s Association Hall,
Rovaniemi, Finland during 20th and 21st of May, 2006.

 

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April 14th 2006
Majority of the summer season dates are booked.
You may ask at our booking office, Tekijänosuus, for remaining dates available.

 

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March 14th 2006
The early bird . .
This year we`re throwing the first christmas celebration gig on March 19th 2006.

 

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February 14th 2006
Here`s a Valentine`s Day surprise from us.
Facemaking Productions has decided to release
Tesipeli`s Between The Ditches documentary DVD today!
The product is available
here.
Manufacturing restrictions still apply.
So be quick or be prepared to be left empty handed!

 

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January 14th 2006
We would like to thank our fans and business partners for a very succesful year 2005. Let`s make this one glorious also!
A special thank you to our colleges
Toni Jaatinen, Vili Majava, Jorma
Salmela, Ari Tapio and Leo Vierelä for stepping on stage when called for.

 

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December 14th 2005
The last couple of weeks spent in the studio has been merely for the purpose of bonus material recording to be released along with the actual album later on.
At
HarMony Recording studios the sound is tight as always. To be absolutely honest, so is the athmosphere as you may easily find out by these pictures taken in studio environment.

 

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November 14th 2005
Getting ready for a christmas tour of Lapland.
We feel privileged to have the opportunity to entertain the visitors from France, Britain and Norway (among others) at various holiday centers in Northern Finland and thus providing a memorable experience of arctic ompah flavoured musical merriment.

 

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October 14th 2005
The annual Rovaniemi Rheumatism Association charity ball was a huge success.
Tesipeli appreciates the honour to be chosen the band of the evening,
third time in a row! Always a pleasure to serve a good cause!

By vast request, we are obliged to bring back few favourite items on Products-page. Feel free to check them out here.

 

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September 14th 2005
The recent facility maintenance service at
HarMony Recording Studio is now concluded.
The studio is once again up and running at approximately 10 on richter scale.
That means lucky continuation on Tesipeli-recording sessions too.

 

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August 14th 2005
To escape the autumn rains Tesipeli headed into the shelter of the studio.
Slow and steady the forthcoming recording is getting closer to its final form.

 

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July 14th 2005
Time to catch some breath and congratulate the lucky young couples who have
chosen to get married accompanied by Tesipeli.

We`d like to take this opportunity and congratulate also
Maria and Toni
on their wedding day July 16th 2005!

 

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June 14th, 2005
The
first single off the new record has been released.
It is available at Tesipeli gigs and also
here for those unable to attend.

 

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May 14th, 2005
Recently record label Facemaking Productions made an announcement concerning the first single of Tesipeli`s new album.
The first single chosen among the new material is a song called Tuuliin maailman and it will be released at the beginning of June 2005.
In addition to the tittle track the single will contain one previously unreleased track and a new version of Uuteen kesään which was originally released on Kulovalkea CD.

 

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April 14th, 2005
Tesipeli is preparing to hit the stage for the annual Naisten- ja miestentanssit-festival held at the Workingman`s Association Hall,
Rovaniemi, Finland during 7th and 8th of May, 2005.

 

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March 14th, 2005

We are proud to announce our new partnership deal with the following companies.
Finnkino, HarMony Recording, Musiikkimestari, Pyrotehoste, Tekijänosuus.

 

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February 14th, 2005

Along with continuing work on the new album Tesipeli is in preproduction stages for a massive Spring-Summer-2005 tour.
Part of the preparation was a promo shoot organized just recently by Tesipeli`s exclusive booking agency Tekijanosuus.
Being who they are, of course they took advantage of the situation and
sneaked in with their own pocket camera.
Here are some captured (stolen) moments of the day.

 

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January 14th, 2005
We are pleased to announce that Aki Mikkonen featuring Tesipeli-CD is now officialy released.
The collection of four original tunes goes by the name of Ei ole helppoa olla mies and is available
here.

 

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December 14th, 2004
The Mikkonen Project at final stages. Only mixing and mastering separates you from the final product. We`ll keep you informed on release date.

So, yet another year, a lot of km`s and dB`s behind we would like to thank all those who have been kind to us.
And those who have not, well, there`s always another chance!
A special hats off to
Toni Jaatinen, Vili Majava, Heidi Pallari, Jorma Salmela, Ari Tapio, Jukka Tapio and Päivi Tuomikumpu
for lending a helping hand when needed.

 

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November 14th, 2004
To keep life interesting in the studio Tesipeli has taken the opportunity to collaborate with a long time friend, singer-songwriter Aki Mikkonen.
While busy recording their own music the band is currently laying tracks for a collection of tunes to be released as a mini-album later this year.
As always with Tesipeli, expect the unexpected, the result is bound to move mountains so the possible delay caused to band`s own CD may graciously be compensated.

 

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October 14th, 2004
Founding member Merja Tapio reunites with Tesipeli.


Several exciting projects, in addition to new studio recording, are in planning stages.

 

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September 14th, 2004
A genuine
WLM organ has been worked hard by Tesipeli while recording their follow-up to Kulovalkea at HarMony Recording.
The instrument in question is a true Hammond-style analogue organ.
This WLM-organ is same make as the one used by jazz-legend
Herbie Hancock in live and studio environment.
On few cuts of the album you`ll be hearing this really unique classic sound combined with ompah rhythms and unprejudiced attitude.

 

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August 14th, 2004
Päivi Tuomikumpu has left Tesipeli.

 

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June 2004
While working on keyboard parts for new Tesipeli album Paavo Yrjänheikki sang vocals for a track called Nocturno which will be released on Eeva Ritatörmäs´ CD Vuosien varrelta, also recorded at
HarMony Recording.

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April 2004
A total of 18 songs has been written of which 15 or 16 will eventually be chosen for the new album. Recording proceeds according to schedule.
By now drums, bass and rhythm guitar parts are done. CD release time will be announced later. (visit these pages regularly)
Facemaking productions will also re-issue the sold out Kulovalkea-CD as well as a limited edition multimedia package containing previously unreleased tracks,
live material and a picture gallery.

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October 2003
The band headed to their homebase,
HarMony Recording, to start recording the new album.
Most of the material to be recorded is written and encouraged by the debut cds´ reception this time the recording will contain
only original material written by the band themselves.

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May 2002
Päivi Tuomikumpu replaces Merja Tapio.

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Early spring 2002
Tesipeli nailed down the backing tracks for a poet Raija Jokelas´ collection of poems composed by herself and Maie Oksa and arranged by Harri Mommo.
The CD also contains a couple of rarities in form of Olet minulle meri and Aikaan toukokuun which are actually Tesipeli songs with Jokelas´ lyrics.

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During summer 2000 Harri played in Taiga together with Sami Ylivaara and the maestro himself Toni Jaatinen.

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June 2000
Ari Tapio decided to leave the band according to his earlier announcement.

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Winter 1998-1999
Much of the winter was spent intensively working on the debut album at
HarMony Recording.
Kulovalkea-named CD was released July 1999 with immediate success.

 

Recording technique-wise the CD was of the highest class allowing Marty Peters to praise it by saying: “It all sounds warm and balanced.”
A collection of 7 originals, written by the members of the band, and 6 cover tunes boasts a wide variety of music not only to move your feet to
but to listen and discover in detail as well.
Considering the originality, fresh attitude, recording quality and the masterity of musicianship it is no wonder the Kulovalkea-CD
was applauded by the critics and fans alike above all expectations.

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Fall 1997
Mommo met one of the most versatile and skilled vocalist in northern europe, Paavo Yrjänheikki,
who in turn did not hesitate to take the opportunity and join the band knowing it would be perfect platform to get his musical and lyrical ideas one step further.
Along with Yrjänheikki came the drummer Esko Moilanen whos former band has used Yrjänheikkis´ vocal talents in few occations.

Arsim Mehmeti was replaced by Merja Tapio. By December 1997 the original and founding line-up was born and from that moment on collectively known as Tesipeli.

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Summer 1997
Harri Mommo and Ari Tapio played with rather hilarious idea of forming a dance hall band.
They had been playing together in the 80`s in a long enduring project, Grimace, but needed new members to better suit the new style.
Arsim and Salih Mehmeti was brought along all the way from sunny Balkan peninsula. An exotic yet short lived Arctic Circle-Mediterranean-coalition was born.

With straightforward attitude and incredibly diverse repertoire Tesipeli has built themselves a status of high demand all across the nation.
For years Tesipeli has paved the way for other bands by open minded approach and unprejudiced performances.


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