Raimo Vertainen founded the Guardia Nueva orchestra in Kokkola in 2001. The orchestra’s musical framework consists of passionate tango and dynamic popular music, with performances of new arrangements of works by Toivo Kärki, Olavi Virta and Unto Mononen. Guardia Nueva’s arrangements of the best electrotango pieces (Gotan Project) and arrangements of Finnish popular music, international evergreens and custom-made tangos have created a brand new concept – the Guardia-like arrangement.
To create its unique style, Guardia Nueva uses arrangers who are the cream of the crop: Jaakko Kuusisto, Petri Ikkelä, Marzi Nyman, Mika Paasivaara, Juha Yli-Kotila, Ilkka Kuusisto, Matti Murto, Mikko Hassinen, Kari Veisterä, Teemu Honkanen, Raimo Vertainen, Jarmo Tinkala. They have all contributed to the orchestra’s own, distinctive sound.
In the autumn of 2004, Guardia Nueva gave several hugely successful concerts in Buenos Aires in Argentina, where they performed on some of the most important tango stages. In the autumn of 2006, the orchestra toured Turkey where they performed in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. 2011 was an especially successful year for Guardia Nueva. In the summer, Guardia Nueva performed, for example, in Seinäjoki at the Cumbre Mundial del Tango event for the President of the Republic and at the Turku Castle Park Festival. That autumn, the Finnish national broadcasting company YLE showed two recordings of Guardia Nueva’s 10 year jubilee concert on Channel 2, plus a documentary about the orchestra. The soloists of the concert were Jari Sillanpää, Tuomas Airola, Mari Palo, Matti Korkiala and Jonna Pirttijoki, with a dance performance by Jorma Uotinen.
In March of 2012, Guardia Nueva performed to a full house on several nights at the Helsinki Music Centre. They continued their concert tour in Lahti (Sibelius Hall), Turku (Logomo) and Tampere (Tampere Hall). Since 2013, Guardia Nueva has given twelve well-received concerts every year at several important venues in Finland, including the Helsinki Music Centre, the White Rose concert at the International Accordion Festival Sata-Häme Soi, the Jyväskylä Festival, the Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival, aboard the Viking Grace cruise ship, the Kiuruvesi Popular Music Festival, the Espoo Cathedral and the Coupe Mondiale Festival in Turku.
On the 6th of June 2014, Guardia Nueva headed for the concert hall of the Berlin Philharmonie. Once again, Guardia Nueva was making history as the first Finnish tango and popular music orchestra to perform at this venue. The Berlin concert led to the publication of the double CD “Tangokonzert im Berlin Philharmonie” and was also broadcast on the YLE Radio Suomi channel in December 2014.
In October 2015, Guardia Nueva performed in the closing concert of the Usedomer Musikfestival in Heringsdorf. The radio channel NDR recorded the concert and broadcast it on the 28th February 2016 in its Soirée programme.