Folkebladet: Despite bad weather — Kråkeslottfestival delivered
/--/ And Johanna-Adele Jüssi, the multinational fiddler who has settled in Målselv and plays her own beautiful tunes together with the solid guitarist Bendik Lund Haanshus and the creative bassist Christo Stangness. She has created her own musical universe with Gaupdalen (the Lynx Valley). Not least, her stories between the songs are almost worth the ticket price alone. /--/
Rana No: Magical Walk in the Lynx Valley
/--/ One of the things that is so much fun about festivals like the Smeltedigelen are the musical surprises you sometimes get when you experience new and unknown artists you have no relationship with, but who completely blow you away. This year it was an Estonian violinist named Johanna-Adele Jüssi who gave the undersigned that experience. /--/
From the stage, she tells about Gaupdalen, a beautiful place she found in a dream. In Gaupdalen she came home, where her musical wanderings found a resting place, and the result was some of the most incomparable new folk music the undersigned has heard. /--/
"I wake up and don't remember why it was so special, but the warm feeling was there." We have no doubt about that, because she spreads the warm feeling to the audience with her music. /--/
With her on stage, she had two outstanding musicians Bendik Lund Haanshus on guitars and electronics and Christo Stangness on double bass, and together the three appear as a particularly well-coordinated, playful and dynamic trio. /--/
Lira Musikkmagasin: Greetings from the Valley
Johanna-Adele Jüssi has found her musical home in a fictional place.
Lira Musikmagasin, Sunniva Brynell. Spring 2022
Lira musikmagasin: Album review
/--/ There is breadth and closeness in the soundscape and the making of the music, which creates a depth in the music. Melancholic and romantic melodies and arrangements that put emotions in waves, and playing skills that make the foot start to stomp. The traditional and modern mix makes Slåtter fra Gaupdalen a wonderful record. /--/
WDR: New Nordic Spring
/--/ The Lynx Valley does not really exist, it is a fantasy place that the violinist Johanna-Adele Jüssi visited in a dream. But the Estonian musician makes it real in her music. /--/
Lira musikmagasin: Lira Lyssna våren 2022
This Estonian violinist has been based in Norway for some time, but the "Lodjursdal" she plays songs from on this quite fantastic album actually doesn't exist - it came to her in a dream and became a way to stage a new, completely unique musical tradition. /--/
Justin Petrone Blog: Impressions from the Harvest Party
Folk music is repetitive music, and from this repetition, one can extract or achieve serenity, provocation, insight, inspiration, or true ponderous burdensome boredom. I appreciated Jüssi’s music because she knew when to begin and end her songs. Each one was a well-crafted knot, perfectly tied up.
Harstad-tidene: Johanna-Adele Jüssi with her Trio at Sama Aktivitetssenter – Beautiful and Varied Music
Folkemusikkpodden & Folkemusikk.no:
The Valley Within You
/--/ Gaupdalen (The Lynx Valley)! Where should I start? I was born and raised in Estonia, and have lived in many different places: Germany, Shetland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland - and southern, central and northern Norway. I play music from many different traditions, and I like to compose myself. So I've had a little trouble finding myself as a folk musician. Especially because, I think, when living in Norway, it is most legitimate to play music from where you come from. But what about me, then? /--/
Nye Troms: Jüssi releases a dream-based album "Tunes from the Lynx Valley" on Thursday
«Gaupdalen (the Lynx Valley)» is not a place you can visit in reality. But the music from there has been immortalized by Målselv-inhabitant Johanna-Adele Jüssi on her new album. /--/
Lira Musikkmagasin: Album review
Feather-light and Sensitive Equilibrist
/--/ Her sensitive and equilibristic violin playing makes that I can already now, without hesitation, name her violinist of the year. /--/
Album review in FolkWorld #50: Johanna-Adele Jüssi, Kiilid
"Jüssi is a great violinist and together with her fellow musicians she has created a beautiful acoustic folk album in the best Nordic/Baltic tradition. Sounding fresh and sparkling, this is a musician to follow closely in the coming years."
Album review in The Strad: Duo Jansen/Jüssi, Mängleik
"With performances that feel spontaneous and yet are noticeably well-crafted, Jansen and Jüssi breeze through frequent shifts in pace and texture. From off-kilter unison tunes to high ornamental melodies over an open-string drone accompaniment, their playing is always varied and inventive."
Editors highlights of Womex 2010: Blink's (unofficial) performance at Forum
"In particular a very sotto voce performance on the 'grassy hillock' at the centre of the Forum (in reality a mound of pallets covered over with rolls of real grass!) by the young Nordic folk quartet Blink was especially enjoyable."
Sakala: The Warm Flight of Dragonflies in the Middle of the October Snow
I remembered the simplicity. Not everything has to be hugely complicated to be deep. The presence of the performers in the moment and the way the ensemble stayed together made the evening enjoyable. The music was performed acoustically — sincerely and intimately. /--/
I will end with a sentence by Johanna-Adele Jüssi:
"The title track of the record, "Dragonflies", is a story about dragonflies with dark blue wings, the most beautiful of them, who fly above the iridescent water in the sun and remind you that you should be very careful with your dreams: the biggest of them tend to come true!"
Album review in FolkWorld #47: Blink
"It’s a remarkable debut album by four young musicians, top quality music and a kind of journey through the typical styles and sounds of Northern Europe in open minded, fresh and modern acoustic musical arrangement."
Album review in FoolkMagazine: Duo Jansen/Jüssi, Mängleik
"The duo's music flows airy and free, between beautiful and creative ornamentations and a strong melodic sense, drawing an intimate, arcane, luminous and austere charm at the same time, as is the case with traditional Nordic music, made up of rapid and irregular instrumental passages. It feels like we have Jo and Johanna-Adele in front of us in the flesh playing, such is their communicative grasp." (Photo: Lieve Boussauw)