Surf-jazz-tango-extravaganza from Helsinki!

"A mad mixture of surf punk, hot jazz, Finnish tango and a shot of Ennio Morricone. Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen has composed ten melancholic dancefloor smashers."
-Andreas Müller, Tagesspiegel / Slavic Souls

Dalindèo is a Finnish jazz-sextet founded and led by composer/guitarist Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen in 2003. Their music is a cinematic jazz reminiscent of the ambience of movies by Finnish great Aki Kaurismäki mixed with a Tarantinoesque vibe of danger and suspense. With musical influences ranging from Duke Ellington's swing jazz to surf-guitars à la Dick Dale, all in a setting inspired by Finnish popular music from the 1950's, Dalindèo have created a contemporary Finnish jazz style of their own.

Dalindèo’s philosophy is to respect the original spirit of jazz music without forgetting to keep the finger tirelessly on the pulse of today’s currents and anticipating those of the future. Their latest album, Slavic Souls (2016), continues true to their timeless and unique musical style taking influences from a staggeringly wide scale ranging from soul, tango, swing, Ellington, country to Yma Sumac and funk.

The previous album, Kallio, was the winner of the Finnish Grammy Award, Emma, for the Best Jazz Album in 2013. The album also debuted on the Finnish album chart at number 13, one of the highest-ranking jazz albums of all time.

Dalindèo is known as an energetic live act that charms the audience time after time. The band has recently toured in festivals like Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz, Tampere Jazz Happening, Helsinki Festival, Flow Festival, Umeå Jazz Festival, XJAZZ and Radio Eins Parkfest.

Dalindèo's line-up includes some of Finland's top jazz musicians: leader Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen (guitar), Pope Puolitaival (sax), Jose Mäenpää (trumpet), Pekka Lehti (double-bass), Rasmus Pailos (percussion) and Jaska Lukkarinen (drums). The line-up has stayed the same throughout the years which brings depth to the band's interplay unachieved by session-musicians.


  • Slavic Souls CD/LP 2016
  • Kallio CD/LP 2013
  • Soundtrack for the Sound Eye CD/LP 2010
  • New Creation/Another Devil 7" 2009
  • Vintage Voyage EP 2009
  • Open Scenes CD/LP 2007
  • Go Ahead, Float!/Voodoo 10" 2006
  • Poseidon/Solifer-Lento 10" 2005


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Kallio is a delightful album, obviously created with joy. — Helsingin Sanomat, Finland's biggest newspaper

Dalindèo have now created their strongest album so far, which can very well become a classic. — Hufvudstadsbladet, Finland's biggest Swedish newspaper

5 stars. If i was a film director I would call Mr. Pöyhönen right away. — Soundi, Finland's leading music magazine

Watch Dalindèo's live concert @ Finnish Broadcasting Company's studios