Tango-orkesteri Unto, named after the great tango composer Unto Mononen, was founded in 1998 at the initiative of the Finnish Performing Music Promotion Centre to promote Finnish tango at EXPO’98 in Lisbon. Since then, the band has performed abroad and domestically, earning a warm reception from audiences and press alike. Unto has enchanted concert audiences in France, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and the United States. Also tango dancers find Unto´s music inspiring: tangueros have been seen twirling around in many of Unto’s concerts.
The key ingredients of the Finnish tango are longing and passion. Tango-orkesteri Unto’s music is firmly rooted in both. The six virtuosos led by pianist-arranger Timo Alakotila salute the classic Finnish tango with their freshly-nuanced, powerful renditions of works by Unto Mononen and Toivo Kärki, the most prominent composers of the genre, as well as a growing repertoire of contemporary tangos. The varied musical backgrounds of Unto’s musicians – from world music and jazz to theatre music and tango nuevo – imprint their music with a wealth of influences, freedom of playing and depth of interpretation. Tango-orkesteri Unto’s music breathes and flows with exceptional freedom.