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- 2Winter Sleep07:24
- 6Chilling at Shinjuku06:18
- 7Band Wagon04:47
- 8When I Fall in Love07:01
Info for Oku
One of Finland‘s leading jazz pianists Joonas Haavisto with his trio will release their third album on 8th of January. Publish via Fredriksson Music „oku“ is an airy combination of Scandinavian freshness, stylish straightforward pianism, as well as the band's own, strong sound.
Joonas Haavisto Trio's third album, the theme of 'oku' to describe the path which the band members have come together during the ten years of the call. The shape of a traditional jazz trio configuration has found over the years a dynamic and self-confident of their own voice, which belongs to every experience stylistically different configurations Finnish jazz scene. The drums are heard personal inventive playing style known Joonas Riippaa. Double bass plays a number of prominent jazz bands involved in the Antti Lötjönen, who was elected last summer in Pori Jazz artist of the year.
„oku“ is composed of one piece, except for Joonas Haavisto's compositions, which have been inspired by the Tokyo urban environment, anniversary, celebrating its kansallissäveltäjästämme Jean Sibelius, the Finnish draft jacket. Stylistically, the trio's music roots are firmly attached to jazztraditiossa, although the harmonic and melodic solutions leave room for freer expression. Disc name „oku“ is Japanese and means of internal space.
'Okun finding that is, the internal state is strongly linked to the idea of anticipation and belief in the future that will encourage continued further and look deeper. This idea is close to my idea of making music - the deeper you go, the more you find, 'says Haavisto about the birth of the disc.
Joonas Haavisto, piano
Antti Lötjönen, double bass
Joonas Riippa, drums
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is a Finnish pianist and composer. He´s one of the most exciting young musicians coming from the Nordic jazz scene. Joonas has won several prices in the international competitions and performed widely in Europe with his groups.
Joonas Haavisto started his musical studies at the age of seven at the Conservatory of his home town Kokkola. There he played the classical double bass and sang in the boy choir before his first jazz piano lessons with Sid Hille at the age of sixteen.
After graduated from the high school and doing military service Joonas entered to the Sibelius-Academy in 2002, where he studied jazz piano with Mikael Jakobson, Jim Beard, Jukkis Uotila and Seppo Kantonen. In addition, Joonas has taken part in many great Masterclasses given by for example Randy Brecker, Dave Kikoski, Joey Calderazzo and Chris Potter. In 2005 Joonas got a scholar from the Sibelius-Academy for studies in the University of Miami, Frost School of Music where he studied composing with Ron Miller and piano with Doug Bickel. Joonas completed his Master of Music degree in Sibelius-Academy in 2011.
Soon after moving to Helsinki in 2002 Joonas began to play in various groups. In the fall 2004 Joonas made his debut with the Finnish top big band UMO Jazz Orchestra and at the same year he joined quitarist Jukka Tolonen´s Cool Train band with which they have been touring in Scandinavia and Canada. Despite his young age Joonas has also performed with one of the finest jazz musicians such as Jerry Bergonzi, Ron Mclure, Bill Watrous, Bertil Strandberg, John Fedchock, Jukka Perko and Jukkis Uotila among others.
During the last years Joonas Haavisto Trio has performed in several festivals and jazz clubs in Europe. In 2011 trio was touring in England and France performing e.g. in Royal Concert Hall of Nottingham and Bonington Theatre Jazz Club, in Paris Jazzcolors Festival and in Caen Les Boréales Festival. Joonas has also played as a soloist with two of the greatest chamber orchestras in Finland, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in 2007 and The Chamber Orchestra of Lapland in 2008. Joonas Haavisto Trio released their debut album Blue Waters in October 2009. The same album was released in Japan in 2010 and it has received excellent reviews in Finnish media and for example in Swing Journal magazine in Japan.
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