Big thanks to Walter Salas-Humara for inviting me to perform on his midwest tour these past couple weeks! Whenever Walter calls I’ll be happy to emerge from showbiz-retirement. Here’s an audience video of my glorious MicroKorg keyboard from our show in Madison, WI:
One of the highlights of this past year has been touring with brilliant songwriter Walter Salas-Humara as he's been road-testing and recording his new songs. His new album WALTERIO was released on August 10th, 2018, and I was thrilled to be invited to sing and play on it. Below are some previews of the album, found on YouTube.
I’m excited to announce the surprise release of this new 16-song digital album LIVE MUSIC, a collection of concert performances from 1999-2018. On my most recent tour I received multiple requests for live recordings. When I returned, I looked through my archives and found some interesting audio files from concerts, many of which have never been previously released to the public.
LIVE MUSIC features some of my most well-known compositions (“Librarian,” “Forgiveness Waltz,” and “Norman Borlaug Polka”); performances from notable venues like The Old Town School Of Folk Music, the Iowa State Capitol Building, and the Cornerstone Festival; and selections from my tours with Beki Hemingway, Arto Järvelä, and Walter Salas-Humara.
The album is available for FREE at my BandCamp page, or you could pay what you want. Thanks to everyone who requested these recordings!
I'll be performing at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston!
I'm looking forward to making music with thousands of Lutherans in June 2018! Follow me on social media to see how this adventure unfolds...
The first remix of "Prometheus" has been submitted! Big thanks to Richard Bruxvoort Colligan for this Relentless Strawberry Remix, now downloadable for FREE (or pay what you want) at this BandCamp link!
This Spring I'm looking forward to a lot of cool gigs across the Midwest! In April I'll be touring solo, and in May I'll be accompanying the brilliant Walter Salas-Humara of The Silos. Visit my dates page for specific venue info, and I'll see you on the road!
A few weeks ago I had a chance to perform with songwriter Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers, one of my all-time favorite bands! Here's a video from a house concert here in Minnesota where I joined Bob on the song "Downstream." I'll be playing a show with Bob in May 2018 in Kansas City... details to come!
I'll be artist-in-residence at Heikinpäivä!
Later this month I'll be performing at the annual Winter Festival on the campus of Finlandia University in my birthplace, Hancock, MI! My schedule:
NEW SONG! In commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, I'm pleased to release a new studio recording of my song "For Such A Time As This." Written in 2015, based on a text from the Book of Esther, this song of mine has only existed in sheet-music form... until now! Download for FREE (or pay what you want... which I would appreciate!) from my BandCamp page. Sheet music downloadable here. CCLI number: 7056481
Big thanks to ELCA 500 for featuring me in the Our Lutheran Life video series! I share a bit about my family story, and some theological / musical connections. Plus there' a special guest appearance, and some historic locations...
This Summer I was commissioned by Bear Creek Lutheran Camp in Pennsylvania to write a theme song for their Summer program, based on the Bible verse Romans 12:1-2. The result is "Body And Mind," which I have posted at my Bandcamp page:
I'm pleased to release a new 22-song retrospective album called Reservoir, in celebration of my 25th anniversary as a recording artist!
I'll be playing an album-release show at my favorite venue, the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, on THURSDAY, JUNE 29th, at 7PM. I'm opening for Cincinnati-based Americana band The Tillers. $12 in advance / $15 on the day of the show.
You may download the album NOW and/or order the CD from My BandCamp page:
These past couple months I've had a lot of fun making a horror movie with my family. It's a nine-minute short film called Beware Barstempii and you can watch it below:
The kids composed and performed original music for the movie's soundtrack. The official soundtrack EP is downloadable for free (or pay what you want) at my BandCamp page:
Back in 2011 I wrote a fiddle tune in Borlaug's honor, and in 2013 was invited to perform it at the Iowa State Capital Building, broadcast live on Iowa Public Television. Now, for the first time, there is sheet music available for the tune. CLICK on the image of the sheet music for a free PDF. And, you may download the studio version of the song HERE for free at BandCamp, or pay what you want.
I was very pleased to contribute some keyboard tracks to the new recording by the Minnesota Americana band Pleasure Horse. Check out this cool song "Charley" featuring me on Hammond Organ. I love to do recording sessions, in the studio, or remotely by sharing audio files online. You can hire me to play on your next recording project...CLICK HERE for some information on my work as a session musician. Congrats to Pleasure Horse on the release of their EP!
Big thanks to everybody in Finland for welcoming me during my #JonathanSuomeen tour! Here's a video of my performance at the Loimaa Art Museum, featuring Arto Järvelä!
More new videos have been posted on my YouTube Channel! Here's "Diner By The Train" recorded live a few weeks ago:
There are new videos at my YouTube channel! Here's one:
I'm very excited to announce this show: On THURSDAY, JUNE 9th, 2016 I'll be performing with my band at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis! It's my first hometown concert in a year, and my first time since 2013 to play at The Cedar, one of the best venues in the country. CLICK HERE for advance tickets and show details. My band and I will play at 8PM. It's ALL AGES, so please bring the family!
In the year 2008 I released the album INSOMNIACCOMPLISHMENTS. I was home with a baby and a preschooler at the time, and so I did not promote or tour in support of the record. Eventually it fell out of print and became my "lost album." Now, eight years later, I thought I should give it another chance at life. The album has been reissued as a special hand-numbered limited edition CD, with a brand new design and photographs from the original album sessions. Order now for $15!
I've had other fun adventures as a studio musician this Spring, too! Here's a song "New Cliche" from the new album by Minneapolis folk trio THE LOWLAND LAKERS. I play accordion on the album:
It's been a dream of mine to have my solo albums released in my ancestral homeland of Finland. Therefore, I'm THRILLED to announce that my new album LOOK UP is now available there! Check out the hashtag #JonathanSuomeen to follow the album's Finnish campaign across social media platforms.
In celebration of the album's release in Finland, I've released a new video for the song "The Ballad of Nikolaus Rungius" which premiered on PasteMagazine.com this month!
A few years ago when I was playing Nordic folk music I wrote some fiddle tunes that were rarely (and sometimes never) performed. Thanks to the magic of Noteflight software, I'm now able to share sheet music and audio references with anyone who might want to play the tunes, experiment with arrangements, etc! Click on the image below to access a PDF file of the sheet music for my previously unheard tune "Stethoscope," AND for the tune "Rynkö" from the Kaivama album. If you learn tune and create a cool arrangement for it, email me email@example.com and let me know! Have fun!
This month's Western States tour was amazing. Special thanks to WALTER SALAS-HUMARA for having me in the band for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco! I'm also appearing and co-writing a song on Walter's forthcoming new album...CLICK HERE to support his Pledgemusic.com campaign to fund the record.
I'm just out the door for a two-week tour to Colorado and California! If you want to check out what I've been up to for the past month, visit my YouTube Channel where you can see some brand new videos of recent performances. Below you'll see a rare solo performance of "The Ballad of Nikolaus Rungius" recorded at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, AND you can also check out clips from my house concert with Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers.
I had a blast last month playing shows across Minnesota with Walter Salas-Humara! On the afternoon of our show in Duluth I stopped by KUMD radio to perform on their Live from Studio A series.
The audio is archived at the KUMD website...stream the audio HERE. Host Christine Dean asked some excellent questions and I performed "Helicopters of Love," "Home Unknown," and "The Serious Kind."
ALSO: check out this review of my LOOK UP album in the Duluth News Tribune newspaper!
I'm really excited to get back on the road in May, after spending the past couple months laying low in Minneapolis. I'll be zipping across Michigan, flying out to the Pacific Northwest and coming back to the Midwest in June to play my official hometown release show for my new LOOK UP album!
Visit my TOUR DATES page for complete venue information.
introducing the CREATIVITY DRILL PODCAST!
I'm very exited to announce the launch of my first-ever adventure in podcasting!
Just import the episodes into your smartphone and take us along with you on your morning commute, on the treadmill at the gym, or on your next road trip or plane ride! Podcasts are also very good for listening while washing dishes or raking leaves.
THE LOOK UP ALBUM IS RELEASED!
After a year of recording, crowdfunding, preparing, and road-testing, I'm thrilled to officially release my new record!
Please support me by purchasing the album:
or, even better, direct from my own online store.
If you'd rather mail-order the old fashioned way and pay by check, CLICK HERE and print the order form.
Thanks to so many of you who have been encouraging me along the way. I have poured my heart and soul into these songs, and I want to be part of the soundtrack to your 2015!
MORE VIDEOS AT YOUTUBE! Last month I played a plethora of shows across the Midwest, including a series of gigs with my great friend and long-time collaborator, percussionist Lowell Michelson. Here we are doing an unplugged version of "Rynkô," a tune from the debut Kaivama album. Also, CLICK HERE for a video from the Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference, where I got to sing and play with Trish Bruxvoort Colligan.
VARIOUS ALBUM APPEARANCES
This past year I've had the pleasure of contributing to a variety of recording projects by other artists. This month a few of those albums will get wide releases! Here are three of them...
In 2004 Beki Hemingway and I recorded and released our Americana duet album Tennesota! This month we're celebrating the album's 10 year anniversary. We have only 20 copies of the CD left, and we're making them available now in a special $15 bundle: a signed copy of Tennesota, a Salt Lady Records Extra Credit sampler CD featuring rare Beki & Jonathan songs, AND a download card for the out-of-print Beki & Jonathan Christmas EP Present. Click here to order!
So that you can more conveniently find out when I'll be playing in your neighborhood, I'm trying a new online platform for my tour dates. Check out my bandsintown.com page...there you can click the "Track This Artist" box for updates when I'm in your area, share specific shows across social media, RSVP, buy tickets, and more.
Some fun behind-the-scenes photos (including this one of my harmonium load-in!) are featured in a recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal. Back in June during Walter Salas-Humara's Midwest tour, our Madison show was covered by a reporter who was profiling the awesome venue Kiki's House of Righteous Music.
I'm very excited to be traversing the continent in the coming months! Visit my DATES page for specific info...
LISTEN FOR ME ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO THIS MONTH
Last Fall I had the amazing opportunity to perform live on NPR's Mountain Stage radio show. Joining me were the brilliant Jake Armerding on fiddle/mandolin and Matt Patrick on electric guitar. Performing on the same show were favorites of mine songwriter Jill Sobule and Midwestern rock legends the BoDeans, complete with Kenny Aronoff on drums. Incredible!
This month, in the week after July 18th, NPR will be re-broadcasting the episode! Check your local Public Radio listings, and tune in to hear me sing the folk song "Stagger Lee" with fellow Finnish-American Minnesotan guitarist Erik Koskinen, Kurt from the BoDeans, and Kenny playing drums...a highlight of my career!
I'm super psyched to be the guest keyboardist for Walter Salas-Humara on his solo Midwest tour this week. Walter is one of my all-time favorite songwriters (you may know him from his band The Silos), and he's also the producer of my 2004 album Public Library.
We've had some shows already, and have a few more to go:
TUES, JUNE 3: Aster Cafe, Minneapolis
FRI, JUNE 6: Schuba's, Chicago, IL, with Jon Langford