Aija Puurtinen

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am a singer, composer and a bandleader of Honey B. & T-Bones (HBTB). I´ve released sixteen albums with HBTB (1984-2016) an in addition four solo albums (1995-2015). I have been working as a singer with UMO big band, Avanti chamber orchestra, Symphony Orchestras, Riku Niemi Orchestra, with free jazz musicians like Raoul Björkenheim (USA/FIN) and Hasse Poulsen (DK) and world music band Doina Klezmer. Under a pseudonym “Kristina Bruuk” I made solo album with British musicians Bill Drummond and Mark Manning from group called KLF. I have been touring Europe-wide and in Canada with HBTB (1986-2017) and with the Finnish folk group Värttinä (2006-2007).

Graduated as Art Doctor of Music from Sibelius Academy 2010. This was first doctoral degree as a CCM-singer (pop/jazz/crossover singer and composer) in Finland (name of artistic and literary work: Circulus Cantoris Circuitio Musicae). 1991 Master of Music, Sibelius Academy (Faculty of Music Education).

Pop/jazz vocal lecturer at Sibelius Academy since 2009 and a visiting vocal teacher since 1994. Vocal coach in Helsinki City Theater 2006 – 2015

Aija is currently president of FINATS

Master classes: Norway, Slovenia, Finland, Germany

Presentations or posters: 2010 PAS6, Las Vegas (USA), 2013 ICVT Brisbane (Australia), 2015 Pevoc, Florence (Italy)

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