174

Take Five With Esa Pietila

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Meet Esa Pietilä:

Esa´s original style and various projects—trio, new quartet (formed 2008, with ECM artist Iro Haarla, solo saxophone concerts and more, have stabilized his position performing on the national/international jazz circuit, and have led him to dates in Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, The Netherlands, Austria, Iceland, England, USA, Australia, New Zeeland, Brazil and Cuba. He has performed with the names like Ron McClure, Mathias Eick, Mike Nock, Claudio Fasoli, Heiri Kaenzig, Anders Begcrantz, Odean Pope, Raoul Bjorkenheim, Brian Melvin, Iro Haarla, Filip Augustson, Hilmar Jensson, Johannes Messinger, Kjartan Valdemarsson, Fabian Kuratli and many others.

Instrument(s):

Saxophones.

Teachers and/or influences?

Teachers: various, but to pick one: Dave Liebman.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I was 13.

Your sound and approach to music: free improv.

Favorite venue:

Padova Jazz Festival, Italy

Your favorite recording in your discography and why? Solo album, Karhea, because it expanded my expression to the level of fully improvised solo sax.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Delivering the message of improvised music.

How would you describe the state of jazz today? Versatile and growing.

What is in the near future? The fall season of 2010 starts with: a series of four solo concerts in Finland during the fall; an interesting project of the 21st Century Baroque Trio performing avant-garde versions of Henry Purcell's songs; a concert with piano guest Michael Jefry Stevens (USA) and cellist Juho Laitinen. Esa Pietilä's 4 Streams group has a new repertoire that will be premiered at the Rytmihairio club in October.

Photo Credit

Maarit Kytöharju

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.