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Heikki Sarmanto


Composer and pianist Heikki Sarmanto is a leading Finnish jazz scene figure who has been internationally praised for his symphonic, orchestral and jazz ensemble works. During the early 1960s, Sarmanto studied at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. Shortly thereafter he won a prestigious award for the International Competition of Jazz Composition in Minneapolis, MN. He also performed in numerous Finnish jazz recordings including Christian Schwindt’s “For Friends and Relatives” (RCA Victor) and Esa Pethman’s “The Modern Sound of Finland” (RCA Victor) Sarmanto entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston, in 1968 where he honed his piano and composition skills with coaching from Herb Pomeroy, Charlie Mariano and Margaret Chaloff


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A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part I

Read "A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Herbie Nichols was a master of the piano which has inspired generations of musicians after his passing, despite the little commercial success that his albums obtained when first released. 2019 marks the centennial of his birth and to remedy the lack of retrospectives that his work should have, but hasn't received, this year, this ...


Article: Album Review

Juli Wood Quartet: Synkka Metsa (Dark Forest)

Read "Synkka Metsa (Dark Forest)" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

When the subject of Finnish jazz is mentioned, the names Iro Haarla (piano), Vernie Pohjola (trumpet), Juhani Aaltonenen (saxophone) and Heikki Sarmanto could get tossed about as four from Finland who are producing superb recordings on TUM Records. The “Finnish sound" tends toward a reflective and often melancholy minor key mode, with smoldering freedom that at ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Juhani Aaltonen: To Future Memories – The Music of Antti Hytti

Read "Juhani Aaltonen: To Future Memories – The Music of Antti Hytti" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Can anyone just decide, on a whim, to take up an instrument and simply become a working musician anymore? That's precisely what Juhani Aaltonen did as an eighteen year-old living in the town of Inkeroinen, in central Finland back in the early 1950s. Apart from a year of study at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and ...


Magic Song / Summer Sun

Label: Finnlevy
Released: 2013


Magic Song (Ashley Beedle's Heavy Disco Joint)

Label: Finnlevy
Released: 2013


Article: Album Review

Juhani Aaltonen & Heikki Sarmanto: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen and pianist Heikki Sarmanto are two icons of the Finnish jazz scene. Collaborating constantly for almost fifty years in myriad outfits and formats, despite many moves in their busy musical careers, they have never recorded as a duo. These two “incurable romantics," as Aaltonen defines it, use this opportunity to record an album ...


Article: Album Review

Olavi Trio & Friends: Triologia

Read "Triologia" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The most famous Olavi in history of modern Finnish music may be Olavi Virta, the godfather of the Finnish Tango. The Olavi Trio has little in common with the famous Olavi; it just happens that everyone in this trio carries the middle name Olavi--two, as their official names despite being rarely known by it. These three ...



Label: Motown
Released: 2009
Track listing: 01. Azure Skies; 02. Jai Guru Dev; 03. Counterbalance; 04. Moonflower; 05. Seagull; 06. Wolf.

Article: Album Review

Heikki Sarmanto: Counterbalance

Read "Counterbalance" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il pianista-compositore Heikki Sarmanto è stato il primo musicista finlandese ad entrare nel Berklee College of Music di Boston. Era il 1968 e il giovane finnico si trovò a studiare con Charlie Mariano, Herb Pomeroy e Margaret Chaloff. Quasi immediatamente fece amicizia con il giovane chitarrista americano Lance Gunderson (di chiare origini scandinave) e dal di ...


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