THE OFFiCIAL SITE of joakim berghäll
musician, composer, arranger, orchestrator
"He's a master of all the reeds."
- Jazz Weekly
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NEW RECORDS! NEW RECORDS!
NEWS // OCTOBER 27TH, 2019
Dialogues IV RELEASED - Berghäll Brothers Big Band Debut RECORDED
Two pieces of great news right at ya - first, I was FINALLY able to release Dialogues IV, a five year project with a dream team of masterful musicians who've immigrated to Finland (for some reason!). Studying their musical heritages before composing sure was a handful, but a VERY pleasant one. Having learned this much about music and humanity makes me one happy bunny! Make sure to check out the results out there in the streamin' world!
Secondly, The crazy Berghäll Brothers Big Band debut album is taking shape, after some ten months of preparation. I managed to get seven brilliant guest soloists featuring: Linda Fredriksson, Aili Ikonen, Adele Sauros, Tero Hyväluoma, Kaisa Mäensivu, Juhani Aaltonen and Mikko Pettinen. The imaginary brothers are playing saxophones, flutes and clarinets but also other stuff like drums, percussion, electric and acoustic bass, guitar and piano, some other keyboards and stringed instruments like the harmonium and kantele, a bunch of weird stuff like a flugelhorn or melodica, not to mention vibraphone, marimba and the cello, my old love.
There's actually even a 37-piece string orchestra featuring on one of the tracks - played by yours truly. It sounds much crazier than it is, really, for actually it makes more sense every day I think about it! I'm soon recording the very last featuring soloist, and then it's all done! One of the songs is already released, and most of the other ones are ready to be mastered.
Our trio IKIRANKA with Juha Kujanpää and Teemu Korpipää is releasing their debut soon, MIKKO PETTINEN WHY NOT debut will come out in a couple of months, and BERGHÄLL TRIALITY is about to release their second album. More of THAT in the following chapter!
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 an upcoming sextet. (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. After all, it's all music.
I'm a cargo-bike-riding, vegan-turning vegetarian who's 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)