Zen Café

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the band Zen Café and the solo activities of its members, particularly lead singer Samuli Putro
Zen Café
NylanderParkkonen.jpg
Kari Nylander (bass) and Pete Parkkonen (drums) from Zen Café in Tavastia club, Helsinki, 2006-04-16.
Background information
Origin Turku, Finland
Genres Rock
Years active 1992–present
Website www.zencafe.fi
Members Kari Nylander
Pete Parkkonen
Samuli Putro
Past members Tuomo Mäki-paavola
Mikko Oesch

Zen Café is a Finnish rock band that was founded in Turku in 1992. The band derived its name from the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig at the suggestion of band's bassist Kari Nylander. Other original members were Samuli Putro (vocals, guitar), Mikko Oesch (guitar) and Tuomo Mäkipaavola (drums). Oesch soon left the group and Mäki-paavola was replaced by Pete Parkkonen (drums). Their latest album STOP was released in 2006 after which the band was in a long hiatus without officially disbanding.

Meanwhile band members are following their own personal projects. Lead vocalist Samuli Putro has released four solo albums and 1 EP in addition to a number of singles. Two of his albums have topped the Finnish albums chart.

Members[edit]

Current line-up
  • Samuli Putro – vocals, guitar, lyrics
  • Kari Nylander – bass
  • Pete Parkkonen – drums
Past members
  • Mikko Oesch – guitar, vocals
  • Tuomo Mäkipaavola – drums

Current member biographies[edit]

Samuli Putro[edit]

Samuli Putro

Samuli Tapani Putro (born in Helsinki on 21 August 1970) is a Finnish musician, vocalist and songwriter. His family moved to live in Raahe, Turku a short time after his birth. He was a founding member of Zen Café and its lead singer, guitarist and songwriter. Even while the band was very active, he pursued some personal projects including a solo EP released on 7 September 2004 titled Täysikasvuinen containing music from film soundtracks.

When the band went on a hiatus after 2006, he focused on developing a solo career. On 11 February 2009, he released his first solo studio album Elämä on juhla. In 2009, Putro composed the music for Mika Ronkainen's documentary film Freetime Machos. His second solo album, Älä sammu aurinko appeared on 16 March 2011 followed by Tavalliset hautajaiset on 24 August 2012. His most recent album Taitekohdassa was released in 2014.

Samuli Putro was nominated for a Jussi Award for "Best Music" for his work in Menolippu Mombasaan (One-way ticket to Mombasa) in 2003.

In 2010 he was nominated for three awards during the Emma-gaala for his 2009 album Elämä on juhla. These were for "best debut album", "Best solo act" and "critics choice".

Kari Nylander[edit]

Kari Michael Nylander (born in Suomussalmi in 1971) is a Finnish musician, and the bass player in Zen Café bassist. He spent part of his childhood and youth in Raahe. In 1989, he moved to Raahe in Turku, and was a founding member of the band.

Pete Parkkonen[edit]

Pete Parkkonen (born in Helsinki on November 4, 1964) is a Finnish drummer in Zen Café. Prior to becoming a founding member of the band, he had been in Kebas during the 1980s, in Toni Rossi's Sinitaivas-orchestra and in Inkvisitio whose debut album Paratiisi was released in 1989. In addition to the drums, Parkkonen plays percussion. Both his brothers Tom and Jussi are well-known drummers as well.

Discography of the band[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album English
translation
Peak positions
FIN
[1]
1997 Romuna Wrecked
1998 Idiootti Idiot
1999 Ua ua 2
2001 Helvetisti järkeä Hell of a lot of sense 1
2002 Vuokralainen Tenant 1
2003 Jättiläinen Giant 1
2005 Laiska, tyhmä ja saamaton Lazy, stupid, and indolent 2
2006 STOP Stop 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
FIN
[1]
2001 "Mies, jonka ympäriltä tuolit viedään" 17
2002 "Aamuisin" 1
2003 "Ihminen" 15
"Piha ilman sadettajaa" 2
2004 "Tavallaan jokainen on surullinen" 10
2005 "Taivas on kirkas ja napakka" 16
2006 "Rakastele mua" 4

Discography: Samuli Putro[edit]

Samuli Putro, Tavastia Klubi, Helsinki, Finland, 16. April 2006
Albums
Year Album Peak positions
FIN
[2]
2009 Elämä on juhla 1
2011 Älä sammu aurinko 4
2012 Tavalliset hautajaiset 1
2014 Taitekohdassa 2
EPs
Year Title Peak positions
FIN
[2]
2004 EP 12
Singles
Year Title Peak positions Album
FIN
[2]
2012 "Olet puolisoni nyt" 12
Featured in
Year Title Peak positions Album
FIN
[2]
2007 "Avoin kirje"
(Näkä & Co feat. Tumppi Varonen & Samuli Putro)
2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zen Café discography". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Samuli Putro discography". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

External links[edit]