Mikko Innanen's Innkvisitio Sellohalli 10th Anniversary Concert Helsinki March 13, 2014Much music is best consumed with a pinch of salt, if not a glass of beer or something stronger, and the best works of Mikko Innanen are quite hard on the aural digestive system. But as any good meal appeals to far more senses than the gastronomic, so Innanen is involved in more than a musical odyssey. Moreover the meal he serves has to be considered very much in its context. This concert formed a 10th anniversary show for his main ...read more
This is modern European jazz at its finest. Bold and inventive, smart and informative, ironic, funny but also sad and melancholic, the highly engaging Clustrophy addresses the rich jazz legacy on both sides of the Atlantic, without being bound to any specific style or genre. Finnish reed player Mikko Innanen has gained experience as a charismatic and articulate composer, improviser and leader with musicians from the Nordic arena, as well as from New York's downtown scene. Innkvistio is his vehicle for exploring adventurous musical concepts and, for its second incarnation--following Paa-da-pap (TUM, 2007)--this meeting of three distinctive ...read more
When a band parlays different styles and moods into one defining experience, as saxophonist Mikko Innanen and Innavista do on Clustrophy, it would be easy for some of the music to slip down the hatch of inconsequence. The band, however, keeps this at bay with an avid sense of observation and release, letting structure stamp the quintet's class and freedom to find its realm without losing focus. The path to resolution has some surprising twists and turns that are navigated with agility and compact logic. Saxophonists Fredrik Ljungkvist and Daniel Erdmann help Innanen shape the music. Each is ...read more
There can be something as obtuse about the artist in person as there is about his music. From the opening blast of his second luxuriously produced album for TUM, it's obvious that woodwind and reed multi-instrumentalist Mikko Innanen is playing mind games with his audience, which may please or tease you. The tunes represent quite a cavalcade of moods and arrangements, let alone instrumentation. This is partly the result of Innanen's own interest in pushing the sonic envelope of his instruments beyond any standard in order to express his extraordinary range of tonality. Live performance sees the ...read more
Jazz Bar Jyväskylä, Finland October 24, 2003
An improviser searches for meaningful ways to connect one moment to the next; the meaning they find often depends on where they start. The French trio Triade and Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen understand just how valuable choosing the right starting point is. CD samples, Arnold Schöenberg, Serge Gainsbourg and dark, yet simple themes all served as jumping off points for them, and those points helped them to create a music full of moment-to-moment tension, surprise and a churning, exuberant energy. On this night, their limits gave them freedom.read more
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