Concerts are slowly starting to happen, and I’ll be conducting Oulu All Star Big Band in April, and Air Force Big Band in May. In Oulu we are doing a Gil Evans/Miles Davis tribute with trumpeter Jukka Eskola, and with the Air Force BB we are doing my Jazz Noir concert in Jyväskylä and Tampere in early May.
Also, finally, after two years of moving and cancelling, we should have three concerts of my music with the Kokkola Youth Wind orchestra, together with soprano Mari Palo and Jukka Eskola. The concerts are mid-March in Kokkola, Ylivieska and Pietarsaari.
We had a chance to document a couple of my wind ensemble pieces with Lohja City Orchestra’s wind ensemble, two videos below.
Besides the upcoming string quartet premiere, a couple of things should also happen when the corona-restrictions just ease up a bit:
-My suite for big band and two soloists, Jazz Noir, will get recorded this spring, details later
-My wind orchestra concert will probably be in the spring, a new date is set soon.
-And also, I was awarded a second prize for my wind orchestra composition “If We Must Die” in the composition contest organized by Pirkanmaan Pinna ry, with a distinguished jury, headed by conductor Atso Almila. More info soon…
Happy New Year! Like many others, I’ve had some time last year to write new music, and although some concerts have been cancelled/postponed, this will happen in some form (streamed or live). I have a long history with the quartet, and am really happy that they decided to take my quartet for their concert.