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Jussi Lampela CV – ENG

Brief bio:

I am a professional composer/arranger working in Finland. My credits include compositions and arrangements for various sized ensembles, from duo to a symphony orchestra and many works for TV and the big screen.

During the years I have built a long-term relationship with Vantaa Pops Orchestra, the only professional symphony-orchestra size pops orchestra in Finland. I frequently arrange music for their concerts and also help with the concert programming, working as their music producer on varied projects.
Other important and frequent collaborators for me include Umo Jazz Orchestra, Oulu All Star Big Band, trumpeter Jukka Eskola and the various film scoring gigs I work as an arranger/orchestrator.

2022 will see several releases, most importantly my Jazz Noir recording will be released by the Turku-based Flame Jazz Records in September, featuring Turku Jazz Orchestra with Jukka Perko and Jukka Eskola.

In my sparetime (if there is any!) I lead my own jazzgroup, the Jussi Lampela Nonet. Together with the trumpet player Jukka Eskola we released “Lampela x Eskola” in 2010 (Ricky-Tick Records). The album was a nominee for the Finnish Jazz-Emma Prize as the Jazz Recording of the Year in 2010. Recent releases include a livealbum “Live in Kanneltalo” from 2018, and two Cole Porter arrangements from 2020 featuring singers Mari Palo and Sami Pitkämö.

Works for following orchestras (partial list):

Umo Jazz Orchestra
Vantaa Pops Orchestra
Oulu Symphony
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Kuopio Symphony Orchestra
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Pori Sinfonietta
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
The Guards Band
Finnish Navy Band
Turku Jazz Orchestra
Oulu All Star Big Band
Finnish Air Force Big Band
The Great Helsinki Swing Big Band

Works for following artists (partial list):

Jukka Perko
Jukka Eskola
Waltteri Torikka
Iiro Rantala
Lauri Porra
Kerkko Koskinen
Maria Ylipää
Aili Ikonen
Johanna Försti
Teppo Mäkynen
Mikko Kuustonen
Lenni-Kalle Taipale
Mari Palo
Saara Aalto
Pelle Miljoona
Ilkka Alanko
Jenni Vartiainen
Jari Sillanpää

A review of “Lampela x Eskola”, from Tokyo Jazz Notes-blog:

“Lampela x Eskola” is a bold and yet important statement proving that there is still a place for high quality music that may not translate into instant sales. Highly recommended.

A review of “Jazz Noir” from Turun Sanomat:

Kylmän sodan noir valtasi jazzin – mestariteos on syntynyt

…Täytyy uskaltaa sanoa: Jussi Lampelan suurteos Jazz Noir oli yksi parhaista koskaan kuulemistani ison orkesterin jazzkonserteista.

…Taas menee uhkarohkeuden puolelle, mutta on pakko väittää, että Jussi Lampelan sävellys nousee kerta heitolla suomalaisen big band-jazzhistorian kärkipäähän.