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musician, composer, arranger, orchestrator
"He's a master of all the reeds."
- Jazz Weekly
- Jazz Weekly
NEW RECORDS! NEW RECORDS!
NEWS // MARCH 16TH, 2020
Berghäll Brothers Big Band release their debut album "vol. I"
"Vol I" was released March 2nsd 2020. 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 goodies 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, it makes more sense every day I think about it! Be sure to check it out once in your nearest record store or your musician-friendly streaming service!
Our extended duo IKIRANKA with Juha Kujanpää and Teemu Korpipää is releasing their debut on the 20th of March, 2020. The release concert appears to be cancelled, but let's see if we can play live and stream it!
TALAMBO, the "Jori Huhtala goes electric" -project will soon release its debut as well. The release concert was supposed to be held at April Jazz Festival in Espoo on the 25th of April, 2020, but the festival got cancelled. The band includes Jori on bass and electronics, Tuomas Timonen on drums and machinery, Antti Kujanpää on keyboards, Siggi Rögnvaldsson on guitar, Jussi Kannaste on saxophone and myself on saxophone and guitar.
MIKKO PETTINEN WHY NOT debuted on January 17th, currently receiving absolutely fabulous reviews of both the double album and the live act.
And BERGHÄLL TRIALITY is about to release their second album soon, too!
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 "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 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)