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Olli Hirvonen

Olli Hirvonen is a Finnish guitarist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Fluent in various styles from jazz to rock to more experimental sounds, he has formed a highly unique style combining these different influences. As the winner of the 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, Hirvonen is definitely one of the most accomplished Nordic musicians of his generation. Born in the city of Lappeenranta, a lakeside town in southeast Finland, he began his musical studies at the age of nine at the local music institute with classical guitar and piano. After finishing high school in 2008, Hirvonen began his studies at the prestigious jazz department of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he got to study with Tim Hagans, Raoul Björkenheim and Teemu Viinikainen

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Olli Hirvonen: Displace

Read "Displace" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Finnish guitarist Olli Hirvonen relocated to New York in 2011 where he attended the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. And on his maiden album for this label, the artist craftily fuses punk jazz, modern jazz, jazz fusion and noise music into a well-rounded, and sometimes psyched out presentation, highlighting ...

Displace

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2019
Track listing: No Light; Displace; Nondescript; Size Constancy; Faction; Tactile; Unravel.

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Eclectic and Electric

Read "Eclectic and Electric" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz is kind of eclectic, what with music from the likes of Petter Eldh's European super group Koma Saxo taking jazz in a different direction, Reverse Winchester (rapper/poet Mike Ladd hooked up with the open tuning of guitarist Mathieu Sourisseau), a historical bit on the strange tale of Canadian drummer Claude ...

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Michael Mwenso, Uri Caine, Nérija, Tenor Triage & Other New Releases

Read "Michael Mwenso, Uri Caine, Nérija, Tenor Triage & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Two hours of genre-defying, global, high-octane, music, with a special focus on socially engaged projects, Finnish bands, and charismatic artists whose music has a higher than average density of ideas, like Michael Mwenso and Frank Zappa (by way of the tribute paid to him by the Orchestre Franck Tortiller. It all starts with the much anticipated ...

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Brian Krock: Liddle

Read "Liddle" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Fattosi conoscere dal pubblico internazionale per il magistrale debutto di Big Heart Machine, il sassofonista Brian Krock accantona per il momento l'orchestra e presenta in questi giorni il disco del nuovo sestetto comprendente il noto pianista Matt Mitchell (già con Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman e propri gruppi) e il talentoso giovane chitarrista finlandese Olli ...

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Big Heart Machine: Big Heart Machine

Read "Big Heart Machine" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'universo dell'orchestrazione jazz non cessa di regalare sorprese. Mentre è imminente l'uscita del secondo album di Brian Krock intitolato Liddle--occupiamoci del debutto della sua Big Hearth Machine. Che sia qualcosa di straordinario lo s'intuisce vedendo Darcy James Argue nel ruolo di produttore e Miho Hazama occuparsi della concreta direzione orchestrale. Brian Krock, che ha scritto tutte ...

New Helsinki

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Arps; Gravity; Invisible; Fundamental; N.E.B; Absolute; Lavola.

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Olli Hirvonen: New Helsinki

Read "New Helsinki" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Hailing from Finland but now resident in Brooklyn, New York, Olli Hirvonen won first prize in the 2016 Socar Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar Competition. Significantly, the jury was presided over by John McLaughlin. “Arps" opens with cascades of Robert Fripp-like quick-fire obligato notes, rapidly ascending and descending the fretboard and instantly hooking the listener. ...

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Label: Love Records
Released: 2014


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