Johanna-Adele Jüssi, originally from Estonia, has lived and studied in Germany, Shetland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway – the latter of which has been her home for the last 8 years. Along the way she has been inspired by the places she has travelled to and the people she has met. Different traditions and various musical idioms have become part of her as a musician and given shape to the way she expresses herself.
Together with her trio she plays old and new tunes from the Lynx Valley - a utopian place found in a dream. "Once, in a dream, a friend told me about her fantastic home area, Lynx Valley. Immediately, I fell in love with the place and felt a strong sense of belonging. I had suddenly found the place where I wanted to live, where my musical wanderings could rest and develop further. When I woke up, I couldn't remember what the valley looked like or where it was, but I remained completely infatuated with it."
Tunes from the Lynx Valley combine traditional music from both Estonia and Norway, with new music with Nordic sound. The piece was originally commissioned for the festival Kalottspel in 2021, released as a trilogy the same year.
In Spring 2024 the trio will release a new chapter with music from the Lynx Valley.