Welcome to Esa´s jazz & contemporary classical music

“Pietilä´s performance of my concerto was sovereign”– Kalevi Aho

“Great musician, highly recommended”
Risto Nieminen – Director, Music Service Gulbenkian Foundation

The impressive 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

”Pietilä is known as a fearless musical visionary. His repertory is extremely versatile, including collaborations with classical orchestras. Moreover, he has brought not only Finnish but also international critics to their knees” – Finnish Jazz Federation

New Solo Saxophone album released

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


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

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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).