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Janne Tuomi

Janne Tuomi was born in 1973 in Tampere, Finland. Coming from a family of musicians and music educators, it was only natural that this first-born began playing the piano at the age of six. But the infatuation was not to last as percussion soon lured him away from the ebonies and ivories.

Tuomi commenced studying at the Conservatory of Tampere in 1995 and further honed his skills at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, Denmark. After undertaking a study trip to New York City, Tuomi graduated from the Conservatory in 2000 with honours.

In 2001 he travelled to Los Angeles to take private lessons. Five years later, Tuomi passed his degree examination with honours with a solo concert at the contemporary music festival Tampere Biennale.

During his professional career Tuomi has acted as a free jazz drummer, classical percussionist and everything in between. He has been principal timpanist in Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla and performed with guitarists Antti Kotikoski, Raymond Boni, Sakari Luoma and Marzi Nyman, saxophonists John Zorn, Daunik Lazro, Jone Takamäki and Jorma Tapio, pianists Iro Haarla and Seppo Kantonen, bass players Ulf Krokfors, Sampo Lassila and Claude Tchamitchian and numerous others.

Apart from recording and performing various styles of music with a burning passion, Tuomi has teached percussion at the Palmgren Conservatory in Pori. He is also experienced as a theater musician.

Janne Tuomi’s critically acclaimed debut solo cd 'Approaching' was released in 2004 by Ektro Records (Pori). The second, 'Resonance', was released in 2008 by Future Music Records (UK) and the third, 'elg' was released by FMR in 2009.


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"'Resonance' features Janne Tuomi on solo percussion, recorded at the Church of Kuhmalahti, with all pieces composed by Tuomi. This is all acoustic percussion music and it is superbly recorded. This music is closer to classical percussion music in its sound and it is consistently thoughtful and engaging. On "Kunlun I", Janne concentrates on just a gong and comes up with some impressive and mysterious results. A most impressive offering from a young master-percussionist that we ill be hearing more from in the near future." Bruce Lee Gallanter Downtown Music Gallery

"...There are nine tracks and the order presents a nice package of contrasting textures and styles. Included in this collection are three short works that feature various cymbal and tam-tam combinations, and it is interesting how the sub-tones of tam-tams take on a drone effect. The drum pieces contain rhythmic passages, but the writing style has a very free and spaced mood, thus taking on a feeling of improvisation.. ..The recording level is excellent, and the performance demonstrates the artist's sensitivity and technical skill. This CD will be of interest to those wanting to experience percussion from Switzerland" George Frock Percussive Notes

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


FMR Records



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Ektro Records



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