Comics in Concert. Photo: Joni Kesti

Comics in Concert. Photo: Joni Kesti

Comics in Concert

A trio consisting of an illustrator, guitarist and accordion player create fascinating new art.

The musicians’ improvised jazz sound is complemented by a third, soundless instrument, while the live comic drawing takes its inspiration from the music. Ville Ranta, Aleksi Ranta and Niko Kumpuvaara are all masters of their own craft but Comics in Concert is more than the sum of its parts; here, drawing becomes music and music becomes storytelling.

Comic artist Ville Ranta has performed at comic concerts at the Angoulême comics festival in France, sharing the stage with other musicians and illustrators. For the past five years, these concerts have ranked among the most popular events at the festival. The collaboration between the Ranta brothers and Kumpuvaara takes the idea a step further towards a deeper and more experimental musicality. The trio have performed at musical and comics events across Finland and in Sweden.

On stage: Ville Ranta, illustration; Aleksi Ranta, guitar; Niko Kumpuvaara, accordion.

The concert forms part of the Comics Exhibition and the Kiasma and the Comics Centre's joint Comics Saturdays Across the Arts event.