Dalindèo is a Finnish jazz-sextet founded and led by composer/guitarist Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen in
2003. Their music is a cinematic jazz reminiscient of the ambience of movies by Finnish great Aki
Kaurismäki mixed with a Tarantinoesque vibe of danger and suspense. With musical influences ranging from Duke Ellington’s swing jazz to surf-guitars à la Dick Dale, all in a setting inspired by Finnish popular music from the 1950’s, Dalindèo have created a contemporary Finnish jazz-style of their own.
In March 2013 Dalindèo released their third album “Kallio” in Finland on the Suomen Musiikki-label. The album won the prize of “Best Jazz Album of 2013” at the Emma-Awards, the Finnish Grammys. A musical hommage to the Kallio-district in Helsinki, it debuted on the Finnish album-chart at number 13, one of the highest ranking jazz albums of all time and stayed on the chart for 6 weeks. The critical response has been unanomously raving, with articles and 5-star reviews in national newspapers and tastemaker-magazines alike. “Kallio” has received extensive airplay on not only local stations Radio Helsinki and Bassoradio but
also on Radio Suomi and various YLE-channels (National Finnish Broadcasting Company) wich cover the whole country. In 2013 Dalindèo has toured all the major (jazz) festivals in Finland including Pori Jazz, Tampere Jazz Happening, Helsinki-Festival, Flow-festival and Jazzkaar (Tallinn).
As a live act Dalindèo has gained a reputation as a tight and energetic performer. The band’s interplay is as tight as ever after 150+ gigs in Finland and 12 other European countries. Dalindèo’s line-up includes some of Finland’s top jazz musicians: leader Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen (guitar), Pope Puolitaival (sax), Jose Mäenpää (trumpet), Pekka Lehti (double-bass), Rasmus Pailos (percussion) and Jaska Lukkarinen (drums). The line-up has stayed the same throughout the years and as this brings depth unachieved by session-musicians to the band’s interplay.