“Unprecedented” – Esa Pietilä & Eija Kankaanranta
“Dazzling electric improvisation” from an unprecedented duo of electric kantele and saxophone. Space, like improvisation, holds unlimited possibilities. Kantele player Eija Kankaanranta and saxophonist Esa Pietilä explore the musical space for new galaxies. With bold exploration and experimentation they will get there as their musical journey starts at the first note. This musical journey and surprising moments that arise spontaneously and a strong dramatic arc are the most important things instead of defined forms and written compositions. In these skillful hands improvisations take shape as compositions one couldn’t think of hearing beforehand – “Unprecedented!”
Eija Kankaanranta is an active innovator of Finnish traditional instrument kantele both as a soloist and chamber musician. She received her Master’s degree from Sibelius Academy in 2000 and a Doctoral degree in 2009. She has been most active in the fields of contemporary music, improvisation and collaboration with composers. Kankaanranta has premiered works from Jukka Tiensuu, Minna Leinonen, PerMagnus Lindborg and Juhani Nuorvala. She has been the featured soloist of Joensuu City Orchestra, Avanti!, Pori City Orchestra and The Netherlands Wind Ensemble.
She has also been a part of Avanti!, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Zagros Ensemble, Uusinta Chamber Ensemble, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble and Athelas Sinfonietta. Her latest groups are Ensemble Ambrosius, known for their versions of Frank Zappa’s music and Juurakko who play a fusion of blues and folk music. Her solo cd ”Griffyr – contemporary music for kantele” was released in 2007.
For more information of Eija, visit: http://ekantele.blogspot.fi/
Saxophonist Esa Pietilä is known as a bold improviser and musical visionary. Through the years he has established himself as a performer in both Finnish and international festivals and other arenas. His distinctive style in free improvisation and groups such as Esa Pietilä Trio and Liberty Ship and improvised solo saxophone concerts along other projects have taken him to perform in the United States, Italy, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, France, The Netherlands, Brazil, Australia, New Zeeland, Cuba, Iceland and the United Kingdom.
Pietilä has worked with numerous figures in jazz and improvised music including Paal Nilssen-Love. Michael Jefry Stevens, Mathias Eick, Jeff Siegel, Harvey Sorgen, Karl Berger, Mark Helias, Brian Melvin, Heiri Kaenzig, Christoph Baumann, Baenz Öster, Franziska Baumann, Claudio Fasoli, Anders Begcrantz, Raoul Björkenheim, Iro Haarla, Filip Augustson, John Esposito, Hilmar Jensson, Fabian Kuratli, Markku Ounaskari, Arthur Kell, Jarmo Savolainen, Mikko Innanen, Mika Kallio, Seppo Kantonen, Olavi Louhivuori, Aki Rissanen, Ville Herrala, Antti Lötjönen, Antti Hytti, Juho Laitinen ja Ulf Krokfors.