"The first composition, CybOrgan for organ, strings and infra-red camera controlled live-electronics, is a grandiloquent space opera, which reaches its full potential when listened with Super Audio CD -player and surround sound system. The organ part interpreted by Susanne Kujala, the spouse of the composer, intertwines seamlessly with the string parts played by Uusinta Ensemble and TampereRaw. The live-electronics part programmed by the composer reacts in with players and spreads out in the space and works as a "sound glue". The entirety is convincing, newest and most interesting music of our time... The music of Veli Kujala resonates in a startlingly fresh and uncompromisingly original way." Finnish Broadcasting Company / Ville Komppa

 

"The composition [DAI] presented wonderfully the colorful soundscape of Kujala's music, which is sometimes gushing, graceful, mystical, sneaky, creepy, hard, clear, blinding bright. The composer told he has currently plenty of commissions. It does not surprise, because his music is so fascinating." Ilkka, Finland

"The Sonata for Two Accordions is a two-movement, 25-minute dissonant neo-Baroque suite that fuses formal structures with free chromaticism and improvisatory-like passages ... the Kujala duo shines in the Sonata, delivering it with breathtaking virtuosity and nuance." American Record Guide

 

"Veli Kujala’s visionary virtuosity brings out the true essence of Finnish contemporary music, which is so hard to catch." Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

"Kujala played brilliantly on accordion… I would like to know if anybody in the audience had ever before heard such an unbelievable soloist on this instrument. He masters pure technical skills but brings as well the solo part out lively and clearly formed." Östgöta Correspondenten, Sweden

"Kujala proved to be adept at all styles and made the accordion a more sophisticated instrument." Seattle Post-Intelligencer, USA

"The young docent of Sibelius-Academy opened the full spectrum of French impressionism for the listeners with his performance, which was not only technically virtuosic but as well blessed with dance characters demanded by the composition [About the perfomance of Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombau de Couperin on accordion]." Frankfurter Neue Presse, Germany

"Classical, contemporary, tango, Brazilian music and jazz rock; no matter what as long as a virtuoso like Veli Kujala is playing… Veli Kujala is an archetype of modern musician, in whose character composing, improvising and crossing borders are all well presented." Hufvudstadsbladet, Finland

 

"In its comparatively modest way, the intricate interplay of textures in Tapio Tuomela's Virvatulia (Feux follets) for solo accordion (1996) left as distinctly musical an impression – especially when played with the finesse evinced by Veli Kujala." The Classical Source

"Accordionist Veli Kujala's debut concert at the Sibelius-Academy offered exactly what a debut concert is best to expect: brilliant musicianship, fine works and entertaining program." Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

"Perhaps the most fetching, or offbeat, was the night dubbed K-18 "Some Kubricks of Blood," built on darkly witty—and just plain dark— Kubrick film-inspired tunes. Of particular note were the fine Finnish players Kalima assembled for that project, from veteran bassist Teppo Hauta-Aho to young sensation Mikko Innanen on sax and, for this accordion-lover’s money, the star of the show, accordion virtuoso Veli Kujala." JazzTimes

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