“Great musician, highly recommended”
Risto Nieminen – Director, Music Service Gulbenkian Foundation
“Pietila clearly shows why his prolific talent has his work revered by the masters of their craft. Karhea is a landmark release for one of the finest saxophone player that I have had the exception to hear.” – CriticalJazz, USA – Brent Black.
“Liberty Ship sailed to the European frontline – The music of Liberty Ship threw the group brightly into the crowd of one of the best European groups.”
– Helsingin Sanomat – Jukka Hauru
“Pietilä is a very powerful but also gentle saxophonist who can reach far out but first of all let all the capabilities of his fellow musicians unfold in this band. Great, incentive playing!” – All About Jazz – Henning Boltne .
Internationally acclaimed Finnish contemporary composer Kalevi Aho wrote a tenor saxophone concerto and dedicated it to Esa Pietilä. Esa will do the premiere performances of the new concerto with... Read more
Liberty Ship returns in spring 2015 with their second double album for Eclipse Music. After the undenieble artistic statement which was the 2013 debut ”Approaching”, the band continues to seek... Read more
Pietilä´s orchestral work “Graffiti Play” performed with Esa-Pekka Salonen & Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
“Graffiti Play”, a 40 minute orchestral piece composed by Esa Pietilä premieres its (world) First Performance in Helsinki oct. 5th 2014 with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen & Avanti!... Read more
Editor (The Guardian & Jazz Journal) and Jazz enthusiastic Wif Stenger has made his top 10 list of Finnish Jazz releases 2013-2014. We´re proud to announce that Liberty Ship´s... Read more
Liberty Ship Quartet´s album “APPROACHING” was voted as an “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”on category “Best new releases 2013” by The New York City Jazz Record magazine. You... Read more
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Excerpts from Pietilä´s concerto “Graffiti Play”
Listen short samples from Pietilä´s concerto “Graffiti Play” for chamber orch. & contemporary jazz trio. The first performance of the concerto was in oct. 2014 with Esa-Pekka Salonen & Avanti! Chamber orchestra and my trio (with Mika Kallio & Ville Herrala).