“Great musician, highly recommended”
Risto Nieminen – Director, Music Service Gulbenkian Foundation
The mpressive tenor saxophonist Esa Pietilä! – DOWNBEAT / Josef Woodard
“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 .
“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 was awarded by the Yrjö (Georgie) Prize from The Finnish Jazz Federation, for the jazz musician of the year 2016. The prize is the highest recognition and an award that a jazz musician... Read more
Esa Pietilä´s solo album Times & Spaces connects the acoustic expression of solo saxophone with live-electronics. The double album is a strong artistic statement and exploration into the world... Read more
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
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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).