Solo concerts / New FOUR STREAMS" Quartet
Esa Pietilas fully improvised solo saxophone CD KARHEA" has been released on march 26. 2009.
At the Solo concerts, the virtuosity of his technique and the tonal colours he creates in multitude textures belong into to the elite of saxophone expression. His capabilities to let the saxophone ring from variety of minimalism whispers to full free blowing, results a rich palette of colourful shapes of multiphonics, chordal tones, rhythmic surprises, and even fuga-like approach of inner dialogue."
Esa is known by performing the International jazzestivals with his Trio and other groups more than 10 years already. On 2009 he formed a new Quartet 4 STREAMS" with ECM artist Iro Haarla. Esa is known also from performing numerous projects with international jazz artists in many countries with the names like Ron McClure, Mathias Eick, Heiri Kaenzig, Michael Jefry Stevens, Brian Melvin, Mike Nock, Claudio Fasoli, Odean Pope, Anders Begcrantz, Raoul Bjrkenheim, Hilmar Jensson, Iro Haarla...
New FOUR STREAMS" Quartet:
Esas new 4 STREAMS" quartet with ECM artists Iro Haarla (pno & keys), Uffe Krokfors (bass) & Markku Ounaskari (drums) creates highly interesting and new collective improvised jazz / avantgarde expression. The spontaneity of the players and the 4 streams of each musicians multidirectional rhythmic lines, textures & melodies unites into a one big symphony and flow of improvisation. A unique sound of harmonic contours with tight interplay.
Quotes from reviews:
While never resorting to the tired bag of tricks that so few have been able to resist before him" --Cadence, USA
Pietil's uncompromising approach, search for new angles and refusal to walk the trodden path betray his lofty ambitions a prowess visionary and improviser & storyteller expresses interesting sagas of imagination" --Finnish Music Quarterly
Always explorative saxophonist, accessible though with a personal perspective toward the music he plays. Esa is a jazz artist worth the search" --Jazzreview.com
Eric Van Monckhoven, [email protected]