In year 2007 Esa started a series of totally improvised solo saxophone concerts, which have so far appeared at several art galleries, concert venues and churches etc…


Esa Pietilä´s double album Times & Spaces connects the
acoustic expression of solo saxophone with live-electronics

The new solo saxophone double album Times & Spaces from saxophonist and composer Esa
Pietilä is a strong artistic statement and exploration into the world of improvisation. The album consists of two discs, one with acoustic expression and the second one with live- electronics which connects tenor saxophone´s acoustic expression with immense possibilities of live-electronics. With live-electronics Pietilä creates diverse atmospheres and unique musical ambients. Pietilä exploits the use of live-electronics with his own personal ways e.g. with motion censors and other unusual controllers to tweak sounds etc. Times & Spaces is the second solo saxophone album of Pietilä.


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. Pietilä´s first solo saxophone CD “KARHEA” was released on march 26. 2009. Pietilä’s solo saxophone expression is heavily influenced by visual arts and poetry, which gives Esa the platforms to shape up the long structures and forms of his improvisations. With his “inner dialogue musical thinking” of improvisation, he combines his fantasy world together with the “real world” and expresses his textures and drama with strong urge to shape his free-form improvisational accordingly.

His solo concerts deals with ambient colours of saxophone in many different textures & atmospheres – from variety of minimalism whisper to full free blowing of no limits in expression – resulting a palette of colourful shapes of multiphonics, chordal tones, rhythmic complexity & surprises, and even fuga-like approach with freedom of saxophone voice bent to it´s limits. Absolutely” “visual music”, if You want to put it that way.

Lately Esa has also performed his solo concerts with live-electronics, which creates even more sound universes and possibilities to create interesting dialogues with saxophone that he controls with various devices like motion censored controller and Ableton Live & Push etc…new solo saxophone album with live electronics is about to be released in 2016.

“About Karhea…congrats on the new CD, it´s FANTASTIC!

All About Jazz, New York (Laurence Donahue – Greene)

“Pietilä’s uncompromising approach, search for new angles and refusal to walk the trodden path betray his lofty ambitions – a free improviser & a storyteller who expresses interesting fictionary sagas of imagination”.

FIMIC, ( Finnish Music Information Center)