”Esa Pietilä´s concerto Graffiti Play for tenor saxophone, contemporary jazz trio & orchestra which we premiered together, sounds like if Frank Zappa and György Ligeti had married themselves and had gotten a child together” Esa-Pekka Salonen

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


Saxophonist and composer Esa Pietilä is operating with multiple musical genres. He has appeared as soloist for orchestras, with solo saxophone performances, with various sized ensembles and projects on contemporary classical music and jazz. Pietilä is also virtuosic improviser and musical visionary without stylistic borders or genres.




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 RELEASES NEW DOUBLE ALBUM

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 uncharted... Read more


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Excerpts from Pietilä´s tenor saxophone concerto Graffiti Play

Samples from Pietilä´s concerto Graffiti Play for chamber orch. & contemporary jazz trio. The first performance of the concerto in oct. 2014 with Esa-Pekka Salonen & Avanti! Chamber orchestra

See list of composed works by Esa Pietilä