Antti Paranko - featured Ruokangas player

Antti Paranko

It was sometime in the early 2000’s when Antti walked into my little workshop and started describing a guitar he would need. He talked about the sound and other aspects of it, and at some point I realized I might have something ready for him, right there and then.

I dug up a case in which I had one of the early VSOP Deluxe guitars – and Antti totally fell in love with it… and it didn’t end quite there…

Over the years Antti has assigned quite a few guitars from us – each one for a specific purpose in his toolbox. The latest one is the Duke Emperor, a true one-of-a-kind!

Antti has also become one of my closest friends – and he has helped me out a great deal by doing a lot of audio and video material for our use – one cool example being the Official Ruokangas Theme music! Antti has also worked as our demo player at various guitar shows in Finland and Germany.

Antti Paranko’s career as a musician began in the age of 12, learning to compose with Amiga 500 computer and keyboards. He has played guitar since 14-year old, and has studied singing in Metropolia, Helsinki. Antti mentions a few influences to his playing: Jeff Buckley, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Mike Rutherford, Steve Morse, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kerry Livgren and Jeff Beck. He’s always been more intrigued by the sound and songs by different players than learning their fastest licks.

Antti could be called a musical multi-talent for a good reason!

His prog rock band Bleu Metron has released two albums. Antti has done all the compositions, lyrics and arrangements on the album. You can find a fantastic full concert video of their second album The Stream on YouTube.

Antti’s jazz band Quad released their first album in February 2010. Antti is the composer and lyricist of all the music of the this groovejazz -style band, energetic fusion of jazz, soul, funk and groove.

Antti released his first solo album Free Falling in 2013 – check it out on Apple Music.

His other bands include Earkraft, a trio formed together with Mikko Arlin and Markus Setzer – and a wonderful project Local Poets, which you can find from Spotify.

Antti has also a long career as a theatre conductor for Hämeenlinnan Kaupunginteatteri, and he has worked for other theatres as well, Kansallisteatteri among them.

'Creature' by Antti Paranko

A beautiful tune, 'Creature', by Antti Paranko. Played with Ruokangas Mojo Grande / Art Infused II.

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