Christmas Calendar, day #12

December 12th, track 12: Nuoruus by Tapio Ylinen

The title track of his debut album was originally written for a play Tapio wrote and directed in 2008. It’s based on a poem by late great bohemian author Arto Melleri. For this recording the original song was extended with a new vocal coda and guitar solo. Excluding drums Tapio plays all instruments himself.

Check out Tapio’s new EP here.

Christmas Calendar, day #5

December 5th, track 5: Juhani Valkama (with Tapio Ylinen) – Paska Jätkä

Songwriter Juhani Valkama writes acerbic songs about us poor human beings facing the impossebilities of life. This song is no exception, with the title referring to “a shitty person”. Fellow songwriter Tapio Ylinen plays a Mark Knopfler-esque guitar solo on this track.

Christmas Calendar, day #4

December 4th, track #4: “Alkusoitto” from the musical “Väkivaltamusikaali” by Tampereen Ylioppilasteatteri

Music composed by Juhani Valkama.

When “The Violence Musical” for premiered in the fall of 2008 it was called “the theatre event of the season in Tampere”. The topical musical dealt with different aspects of war, peace and violence with a powerful stage production and beautiful, melodic rock music.

The regime of Vladimir Putin receives its fair share of critique. Unfortunately these themes are as topical as ever, now almost ten years later.

Tapio Ylinen hosts a new jazz program at Radio Classic starting September 11th

Musician and radio journalist Tapio Ylinen starts his own jazz oriented radio show on thursday, September 11th at Radio Classic. Classic Jazz features an eclectic playlist starting from the early days of jazz music and moving into modern jazz with a strong focus on the brilliant jazz scene in Finland. The show also features interviews from top Finnish jazz artists.


Thursdays @ 7 PM (Eastern Europe Time)
Sundays @ 11 AM (EET)

Listen to Radio Classic here!

Folk-rockers Tammela 33100 join Eclipse Music, album produced by Tapio Ylinen

Tammela 33100 is a folk-rock / pop duo consisting of Jaani and Annaleena Haapasalo. The couple have been studying music together and now they are releasing their debut album through Eclipse Music. Produced by the record label’s owner and label manager Tapio Ylinen their debut album blends rich vocal harmonies and pop melodies with folk stories and rock riffs.

The debut album “Muistatko illat” (Remember Those Nights) of this folk-rock duo is an elegant collection of stories that delve deep into the human soul.

The first single from the album was released just before mid-summer. A second single, the title song of the album, comes out on iTunes August 23rd.

The album itself will be released on September 6th accompanied by a release concert at Tampere’s culture centre Telakka.


1. 100 Halpaa Huoraa
2. Aurinkohymni
3. Muistatko illat
4. Jouluyö mansikkatilalla
5. Kuollut mies kävelee
6. Mun täytyy tunnustaa
7. Haamu
8. Poltergeist
9. Asuntila
10. Tanssi tyttö tanssi

Tapio Ylinen receives a grant from the Finnish Film Foundation

Tapio Ylinen has received a recognition from the Finnish Film Foundation. He is to receive a grant for his feature film script “The Talented One”, a story about a washed-up rock star who gets a second chance in the music business when he is chosen to mentor a talented but restless young rock singer. The script is Ylinen’s first feature film script. He received a master of arts degree in film screenwriting from the University of Salford, Manchester in 2011.

The grants by the Film Foundation are rarely awarded to first-timers, so this is a rare honor.

More news about the film project as it develops further.

Tapio Ylinen to direct Kurt Vonnegut

After releasing his debut album last November singer-songwriter Tapio Ylinen, who is also educated in the dramatic arts, takes on the challenge of directing a theater piece, his first since 2008 and fifth overall.

The play in question is by none other than the master of satire: Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut’s play “Happy Birthday Wanda June” was originally written in the early 60’s and performed on Broadway. The play has never been performed in Finland so Vonnegut fans are in for a rare treat.

The performance premieres on March 5th at the Student Theater in Tampere (Tampereen Ylioppilasteatteri). More details to be annouced later.

Tapio Ylinen – Nuoruus, Official Press Release

Singer-songwriter, producer and founder of the record label Eclipse Music mr. Tapio Ylinen releases his debut album on November 30th and celebrates the release with a concert in Helsinki’s Sture-21 on the same day.

A preview show will be held on November 22nd at Musiikkiteatteri Palatsi in Tampere, starting at 7PM.

The album “Nuoruus” (Youth) is an themed album of song about the hard reality of what it is to grow up, to become and adult in a world where youth is king. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Tapio takes his listeners back to the past, to the 70’s (the golden age of innovative rock music) both in his composition and the overall sound of the album. He combines influences from the great singer-songwriters (Jackson Browne, Sting, Crosby Stills & Nash), the big rock bands (Pink Floyd, Kansas, Dire Straits) and the guitar heroes (Eric Clapton, David Gilmour).

All song have been written and produced by the man himself (with the exception of the title song “Nuoruus” with lyrics by the late great poet Arto Melleri). He also plays all the intruments on the album.

The album is also a celebration of the 5th anniversary of Eclipse Music.

Tapio Ylinen featured in Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells remix contest

Tapio Ylinen is taking part in a remix contest by 70’s prog-rock legend Mike Oldfield and Indaba Music.

Listen to Tapio’s interpretation of Mike’s classic Tubular Bells and please take 30 seconds of your time to vote. Voting has already started and ends on September 4th. The tracks with the most votes will receive special prizes and the winner is selected by mr. Oldfield himself.

Use this link to vote!

or click below to listen and vote!