Esa Pietilä premieres Kalevi Aho Tenor Saxophone Concerto. Internationally acclaimed Finnish contemporary composer Kalevi Aho wrote a tenor saxophone concerto and dedicated it to Esa Pietilä. Esa did the premiere performances of the new concerto with two Finnish orchestras in march 2016. The concerto presents Aho´s extraordinary compositional skills and his magnificent ability to write for a solo instrument as a soloist for orchestra. In the concerto Aho has used all the possible (and extended) playing techniques for the todays modern tenor saxophone to handle plus allowes some room for Esa´s improvisational skills. Esa Pietilä is proud have the privilige to do the first performances of the concerto. The first performance of (a double premiere) is on 10th of march with Pori Sinfonietta at city of Pori in Finland and the second premiere will happen on 17th of march with Lappeenranta City Orchestra in Lappeenranta, Finland
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 waters of creative expression in contemporary jazz music.
The Wide Open Suite & Noises At Sea, a bold double album: one acoustic CD, one electric, on which their music is adventurous, mysterious, creative and unpredictable.
The album was premiered at a Concert at Koko Jazz Club, Helsinki, Finland 1.3.2015 and it ail be in shops on 20th of march.
Liberty Ship, formed in 2012, navigates the deep waters of free jazz and improvised music in constant pursuit of liberated self-expression. Acclaimed saxophonist and composer Esa Pietilä leads this all-star quartet of accomplished Finnish jazz musicians, pushing each musician to the boundaries of their creative ability. According to the reviews, authors, Liberty Ship is without a doubt one of the most exciting and adventurous projects to emerge from the booming Finnish jazz scene
Esa Pietilä´s orchestral work Graffiti Play, a 40 minute orchestral piece composed by Esa Pietilä premieres its (world) First Performance in Helsinki oct. 5th 2014 with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen & Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. The work is written for a contemporary, improvising jazz trio and saxophone as a soloist for the orchestra and it also contains parts in the orchestra, where the orchestra members improvise too. Besides Pietilä at saxophone, in the trio, there is Mika Kallio on drums, Ville Herrala on bass & Janne Tuomi with extra percussion. Esa-Pekka Salonen is one of the leading conductors in the world and the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra has gained vast reputation all over the world with its uncompromising and intransigent work on the field of modern contemporary & avant-garde music field. The artistic leader of Avanti! is the worldwide renowed clarinetist Kari Kriikku.
Editor (The Guardian & Jazz Journal) and Jazz enthusiastic Wif Stenger has made his top 10 list of Finnish Jazz releases 2013-2014. We´re proud to announce that Liberty Ship´s “Approaching” belongs into the list. Thanks!
Liberty Ship Quartet´s album “APPROACHING” was voted as an “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”on category “Best new releases 2013” by The New York City Jazz Record magazine. You can check it out (jan. 2014 issue, page 26) at: nycjazzrecord.com
Wif Stenger (The Guardian & Jazz Journal) also lists “Approaching” in his top 10 Finnish albums released in 2013 – 2014.