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Esa Onttonen


Esa Onttonen is a composer and guitarist living in Helsinki, Finland. He mainly works in the field of jazz and improvised music but is equally at home playing rock riffs on electric guitar or writing a piece for string orchestra. He is a co- leader of groups Gourmet and Gnomus which have released a total of nine albums and performed in Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Morocco, the Netherlands and Russia, in addition to several tours in Finland. His regular collaborators include saxophonist Mikko Innanen, drummer Mika Kallio and pianist Kari Ikonen. Along with Onttonen they are also the founders of the record label Fiasko Records. Onttonen has written commissioned compositions and arrangements for soloists Jukka Gustavson, Mikko Innanen, Anna-Mari Kähärä, Mirja Mäkelä, Jukka Perko, Jenny Robson, Tomasz Stanko, and orchestras such as Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Virtuosi di Kuhmo, St


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Gourmet At April Jazz Club

Read "Gourmet At April Jazz Club" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Gourmet April Jazz Club Espoo, Finland February 8, 2019 You can't judge a book--or a CD--by its cover, but the contents frequently become inexorably associated with the packaging. Visiting the April Jazz Club in early February to see a band called “Gourmet" might suggest tasty fare in leafy spring surroundings. The ...


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