Composed music from Pietilä, J.S. Bach & Astor Piazzolla plus improvised genre-defying musical journeys with organ virtuoso Sakari.
Organist Pétur Sakari and saxophonist Esa Pietilä started their collaboration in 2018. The duo is appearing at churches in Finland and abroad. Their colourful and virtuosic expression unites many eras of music from baroque through renaissance to new contemporary music. The unique duo of saxophone and organ performs new and unprecedented versions of widely known masterpieces, occasionally adding improvisation, though honouring the tradition. The debut recording is planned to be released in 2021.
As Pietilä is an acclaimed composer, the duo performs music written by him. Both artists are known for their ability to improvise in virtuoso manner from any given style or musical idiom – this asset makes their cooperation immensely interesting. Alongside original music written by Pietilä and other renowned composers, in their repertoire there are versions of classics from J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla and the most known and admired pieces of contemporary music.