Antti Lähdesmäki is a Finnish pianist, composer and improviser working diversely within the fields of jazz and improvised music. Active in all Nordic countries, Lähdesmäki can be spotted in various contexts ranging from avant-garde scene of Copenhagen to composing for big bands in Finland - through improvising on an church organ in Norway or playing jazzrock on Rhodes in Sweden.
“[...] then Lähdesmäki took over as conductor - not without humor. I have named his style "the Jumping Jack", but like Professor Tournesol, there is reason in the madness. Because even though his legs stretched to both sides, he formed a dynamic sound surface of the entire orchestra, where the distance between the silence and the bangs is not far apart - if you as a listener just give in.”
-Marcus Behrens // salt peanuts 27.2.2022 (original in Danish)
"The band’s crackling expressionism led by distorted and effected Rhodes and reflective impressionism guided by the piano namely raise Lähdesmäki, the Äänekoski native, magnificently to the forefront of Nordic jazz