Besides writing music for his own groups & projects, Esa Pietilä has composed numerous pieces for different instrument set-ups varying from solo instrument recital pieces up to works for larger groups and orchestras. He has always been interested in writing music for mixed combination of instruments and genres – there is music from Esa for chamber groups, chamber strings, various jazz groups, for string quarter, for big band, saxophone quartet, music for chamber duos, experimental pieces for tape and soloist, music for avant-garde musicians etc….Lately Esa has been concentrating on working on larger scale compositions with chamber groups/orchestras including himself also as a saxophone soloist with them. Mixing improvisation and composed music has always been an interest of Esa´s too.
Besides works for smaller ensembles, Pietilä´s latest premiere for orchestra (as composer & soloist) was a 40 minute concerto “Graffiti Play” for 28-piece Avanti! chamber orchesta and contemporary jazz trio. The orchestra commissioned the piece and and Esa´s own trio Esa Pietilä 3 is the soloist for the piece. The premiere was on 5.10.2014 at concert series of Avanti! with world class conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. The premiere before “Graffiti Play” was “Asterion” (2014) an 18 minute piece performed & commissioned by Zagros ensamble (8 musicians) with Esa as the soloist (below). In 2016/17 saw (will see) light such pieces as HUNT! for saxophone & percussion quintet (premiered by Esa & Osuma ensemble), Hyperhelium, for chamber sextet & Tenor Saxophone (premiered by Tampere Raw & Esa), Brisk, for cello & marimba (premiered by Eeva Rysä & Kazutata Morita), Uirapuru, for male choir and Tenor saxophone (premiered by Akademiska Sångföreningen & Esa), Waves & Dialoques, a piece for Tenor Saxophone & string orchestra (premiered with St. Mikkeli strings & Esa). The 2018 will present premieres e.g. of Seven in Amazon, a piece for recorder quartet Bravade, woodwind quintet The Wind Wants (premiere to become by woodwind quintet 5Parts), a solo piano pice Three Strides of Light (to be premiered by Risto-Matti Marin.
“Asterion” with Zagros ensamble & Esa as the soloist.