THE OFFiCIAL SITE of joakim berghäll
musician, composer, arranger, orchestrator
"He's a master of all the reeds."
- Jazz Weekly
- Jazz Weekly
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NEWS // OCT 9th, 2020
Autumn Leaves, Joakim Berghäll Dark Roast 006 debutes!
My brand new sextet finally played its premiere concert, thank you Jazztori at Lahti! We will continue performing at Tampere Jazz Happening on the 31st of October. Stay tuned, 'cause if you miss it, don't worry, it'll be broadcasted by YLE later.
These have been tough times to us all. Personally, I've been lucky enough to stay healthy and work with many things I wouldn't have had the time to work with had it been "the usual". 50+ gigs have been cancelled, many of them postponed. The beginning of 2021 looks very silent, but we'll see.
A lot of good stuff has happened too, like in June I got to compose and record to a short film on HBO, directed by Aleksi Salmenperä. I've been able to record some tracks to Dialogues III and V - TOM HARRELL visited the studio just before lockdown, lucky me! Publications like Songlines and Lira have written beautiful reviews of my works released in the spring, the Finnish contemporary music magazine Rondo just released an interview. I've found new ways to release "The Antarctic", our second trio album more of which later. I also engineered and performed in the virtual version of Viapori Jazz Festival 2020, officially joined the Trash Heroes collective, recorded saxophone to a fine theatre piece "Tuohtumus" premiered at Finnish National Theatre and Composed by the magnificent Riikka Talvitie, performed SOLO in a couple of art happenings, played as a soloist with a fantastic finnish tango nuevo group Nuevo Quinteto Otra Vez and so on.
In other words: a lot of positive things despite all the negativities.
Stay strong and stay healthy!
BERGHÄLL TRIALITY RELEASE COMING UP
I'm a freelancer living and working on an island in Helsinki.
I began studying music at the age of three and ever since I've been intrigued by all kinds of instruments and everything that makes a sound. My main instrument is the baritone saxophone, but in different bands and projects I also do play all other saxophones, cello, various kinds of percussion, drums, electric and double bass, guitar and other stringed instruments, piano, keyboards, bass clarinet, clarinet and a bunch of different flutes. Just recently, after having freelanced professionally for more than 15 years and toured in thirtysomething countries I managed to put up my first band(s) as a leader. A trio called "Berghäll Triality", and a sextet "Joakim Berghäll Dark Roast 006". (Find out more in the "bands" section!)
Improvising music in a small ensemble is my main object of affection, but there's so much more out there that interests me, and I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to make a living playing in various settings from free jazz to folk, from Beijing Opera to psychedelic punk. As long as there's something special to it and people are leaving everything onstage, I really don't care which genre is it categorized under. It's all music.
I'm a cargo-bike-riding vegan stunningly aware of all the details in current NHL statistics.
If you want to make me happy, all it really takes is a cup of good coffee.
(photo: Dorit Salutskij)