“About Karhea solo saxophone album…congrats, it´s FANTASTIC”! 

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

Esa Pietilä Solo Saxophone

A new solo saxophone album will be released in 2024/25 and will include six new compositions by Pietilä and improvisations.

See video of one of the compositons for the album:

Esa Pietilä started solo saxophone concerts series in 2007. Concerts include improvisations and compositions by Pietilä, other contemporary composers works, such as Magnus Lindberg and Luciano Berio to name a few… J.S Bach themes are also plateaus for improvisations as well as the use of live-electronics included in some concerts.

First solo saxophone album Karhea was released on march 26. 2009. Pietilä’s solo saxophone expression is influenced by visual arts and poetry, which gives  platforms to shape up structures and forms on improvisations. Also being an avid sailor on his freetime, the sea in its many exciting forms gives lots of inspirations to Esa

“The solo concerts deal with ambient colours of saxophone in different textures & atmospheres – from variety of minimalism whisper to full free blowing – resulting a palette of shapes of multiphonics, chordal tones, rhythmic complexity & surprises, and fuga-like approach to drama with freedom of saxophone voice bent to it´s limits”.

Latest album Times & Spaces connects the acoustic expression of solo saxophone with live-electronics

Solo saxophone double album Times & Spaces is a statement and exploration into the world of improvisation. The album consists of two discs, Times with acoustic expression and Spaces with live- electronics which connects tenor saxophone´s acoustic expression with diverse possibilities of live-electronics. Motion censors and other controllers tweak the sonic atmosphere and musical ambients.

Listen Times & Spaces in Spotify:


Solo saxophone on J.S. Bach Chaconne & improvisations. St Michael Church, Turku, Finland:

Solo saxophone concert at Helsinki Music Centre: