To get an ensemble like this (Johanna Juhola Reaktori) to make the music is a real jackpot for any performance. Johanna Juhola is not only one of our leading accordion artists but a charismatic performer as well.
Tove Djupsjöbacka, Huvudstadsbladet 15.9.2009 (review of Tango Roto show)

The best part of this tango show is the orchestra. A tip for friends of Argentinean tango Nuevo: the band in the Tango Roto show is excellent. Johanna Juhola Reaktori performs the compositions of Johanna Juhola and Milla Viljamaa with phenomenal skill and wonderful passion.
Mika Saarelainen, Helsingin Sanomat 14.9.2009 (Tango Roto show review)

The pieces are more hopeful, funny and playful than the sombre classics of the Finnish tango tradition. Yet they are just as much in touch with the soul, only in a more urban environment. The most delightful example of this is “Tango Hississä” (Tango in an elevator) with Pekka Kuusisto’s playful violin.
Tero Salonen, Aamuposti newspaper 29.6.2007 (Duo Milla Viljamaa & Johanna Juhola: Mi Retorno album review)  

Las Chicas Del Tango has an artistically challenging approach to tango. In addition to classic pieces from Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Gardel the album contains the trio’s own compositions. There are songs written both in Finnish and in Spanish. The last piece on the album, Piazzolla’s tango As Ilhas, sounds exceptionally magnificent as it crescendoes in intensity. Keeping music like this together and in rhythm is challenging for a small group, since Juhola and Viljamaa build on lightness and leaving space between the notes instead of going full steam ahead. The vocalist needs good timing, and Kukka-Maaria Ahonen has it. Her theatrical voice has traces of the sweetness of first love, mother’s warmth, frailty of a consumptive artist, and a bit of an ex-girlfriend’s bitchiness.
Suonna Kononen, Karjalainen newspaper 2.8.2007 (Las Chicas del Tango: La Voz Femenina album review)  

The album was worth making. The arrangements of Viljamaa and Juhola are kicking rhythmically with heels high enough, suitably for the Argentinean material. Sueño de Barrilete, more familiar Vuelvo al Sur and Yuyo Verde work wonderfully… Kukka-Maaria Ahonen sings with nuanced phrasing, thought and empathy throughout the album, both in Spanish and in Finnish.
Pirkko Kotirinta, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper 9.8.2007 (Las Chicas del Tango: La Voz Femenina album review)  

Reverie is one of the best contemporary circus performances I have ever seen. There is nothing too much or too little in this hour-long performance. The performance dares to trust the magical power of slow pace that gives significance to the slightest gesture onstage. The atmosphere and the sovereign skill of the performers take the viewer along for a dive into the unknown regions of the mind.
Annikki Alku, Uutispäivä Demari 16.7.2007 (Reverie, a new circus performance at Jyväskylä Summer festival, music composed by Johanna Juhola and Milla Viljamaa)  

Finnish tango is not what it used to be, due to the young folk musicians pianist Milla Viljamaa and accordionist Johanna Juhola. They have distinct composing styles: Viljamaa’s straightforward approach balances Juhola’s mysteriousness and creative fury, or vice versa.
Kaisa Pastila, Eeva magazine July 2007 (Duo Milla Viljamaa & Johanna Juhola: Mi Retorno album review)  

Milla Viljamaa ja Johanna Juhola have proven their skills with Astor Piazzolla. On the tango duo’s second album piano and accordion converse open-mindedly. The tango has a sound that is exciting, restless even, elegantly passionate. This is music to take along for a summer evening.
Tuija Halmekoski, Anna magazine 14.6.2007 (Duo Milla Viljamaa & Johanna Juhola: Mi Retorno album review)

The repertory at the Ateljeeri consisted of pieces by Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla, but also of works by the members of the duo. These were many-faceted and stylish, with the same deep intoxicating effect as a bottle of good wine.
Jouko Tuomas-Kettunen, Keski-Uusimaa 14.3.2006 (concert by Duo Milla Viljamaa & Johanna Juhola)

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