"This is a musical marriage made in heaven between an accordionist (Lepistoe) of exceptional elegance and beauty and a bass player (Lehti) with outstanding energy and wit. To hear them live and experience their warm communication is unforgettable." (songlines Aug/Sep 2010)
Sometimes music just happens. A warm late summer night in 2004 at the Helsinki festival was one of those occasions. Lepistoe & Lehti, a duo of Finnish master musicians debuted at the main stage of the event and the audience listened in awe. Perhaps there's something surprising about the composition of this ensemble. Double base and accordion, it seems, is not the most obvious of combinations. Yet Markku Lepistoe and Pekka Lehti pull it off somehow. How do they do it? Dynamics, a personal connection, and the right kind of juxtaposition of two worlds are the key to understanding Lepistoe & Lehti.
Usually luck plays a part in projects such as this as well. The duo came from different parts of Finland, joined forces in the band Vaerttinae in Helsinki, shared more hotel rooms than they can remember and ended up sharing the stage as a duo. Seems logical enough. Although, the main ingredients here might still be Lepistoe & Lehti's deep musical connection, their mutual professional respect, and a combined vision where one plus one is more than two. Presenting material selected from both of the artists' individual repertoire, Lepistoe & Lehti aim for this all elusive additional element. The one that makes a casual concert goer stop for a while and listen to the two artists on stage, applying their delicate touches on a large scale sonic canvas.