I’m happy to release an album’s worth of new music, under Jussi Lampela Ensemble! 8 tracks are available today at most streaming sites, go ahead and have a listen:

https://songwhip.com/jussilampelaensemble/jussi-lampela-ensemble

The personnel for the album is the following:

Reijo Tunkkari, vln (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)

Annica Heino, vln (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)

Hanna Pakkala, vla (1,2,7,8)

Ari Hanhikoski, vla (3,4,5)

Ulla Lampela, cello (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)

Jonas Kuhlberg, el. bass

Timo Roiko-Jokela, drums/percussion

+ a special guest on “Surly Bonds”: Jukka Eskola, trumpet

Mixing: Tommi Vainikainen (1,2,4,6,7,8), Miikka Huttunen (3), Markus Isojärvi (5)

Artwork: Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna

Jazz Noir has been getting overwhelmingly good reviews, below a summary from a couple (in Finnish…):

Loistelias jazzsävellys, oikeastaan orkesterisarja, big bandille, kahdelle solistille ja äänitallenteille/videoprojektioille ei ole enää pelkästään sodan historiaa film noir -rikosviitteillä ja ”agenttijazzilla”. Se on maailmanpoliittista kommentaaria tässä ja tänään.

Juuri ihmisten läsnäolo tekee konsertista sen oikean paikan nauttia tästä mestariteoksesta, joka jää Suomen jazzin historiaan suursaavutuksena.

-Kari Salminen, Turun Sanomat 10.09.2022

Tämänhetkinen maailmantilanne sälyttää albumiin säpsäyttävää ajankohtaisuutta: YYA-Suomen mielenmaisemasta on lyhyt matka Ukrainan sotaan.

Jazz Noir vakuuttaa myös teknisesti. Soinnin livemäisen avara dynamiikka ja tekstuurien rikkaus kasvattavat musiikin kosketuspintaa poikkeuksellisten sisällöllisten merkitysten rinnalla.

Matti Komulainen – Turun Sanomat – 22.08.2022

The first single from my upcoming big band album is out now! The album will be released in Sep 2022, with help from Flame Jazz Records.

I had the chance to record the music with Turku Jazz Orchestra in 2021, together with the great soloists Jukka Perko on sax and Jukka Eskola on trumpet.

The single is out on most streaming platforms, choose your preferred listening method here:

https://songwhip.com/turkujazzorchestra/yyasopimus

Concerts done with the Oulu All Star Big Band and the Air Force Big Band, I’m finally starting to think that we are past the worst of covid-19!

Next bigger thing coming up is the “Jazz Noir” record release with the Turku Jazz Orchestra on Sep 9. LP’s and the CD’s are in the manufacturing, waiting for those!

Also some more gigs coming and some new projects coming soon, updates later on.

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.

Lots of things coming up! I will be concentrating mainly on composing for the whole 2021-22 season, thanks to a grant by SKR (Finnish Cultural foundation’s Ostrobothnian regional grant).

Lots of music to be released which we have recorded during this year:

In the summer we recorded my project “Jazz Noir” with Turku Jazz Orchestra, featuring Jukka Perko and Jukka Eskola. This is set to be released in Sep 2022, together with the Turku Jazz Orchestra.

The Bothnia Rhythm Orchestra spent a couple of days at the Midas studio doing a promotional video, the video should be out sometime this fall.

We also recorded a couple of my compositions with Lohjan kaupunginorkesteri (Lohja City Orchestra) for wind ensemble, featuring soprano Mari Palo and Jukka Eskola on trumpet.

New things happening, and some new music also published. Check out my string quartet nr. 1, plus the first release from my new ensemble.

String Quartet nr. 1, featuring Tempera-quartet:

Laura Vikman, violin
Silva Koskela, violin
Tiila Kangas, viola
Ulla Lampela, violoncello

Recorded at Snellman-sali, Kokkola, Finland, February 2021.

Recording: Markus Isojärvi
Video: Oskari Hannula

Jussi Lampela Ensemble:

Ocean In Motion (comp: J. Lampela)

The musicians:

Reijo Tunkkari, vln 1
Annika Brännkärr, vln 2
Ari Hanhikoski, vla
Ulla Lampela, vc
Jonas Kuhlberg, bass
Timo Roiko-Jokela, percussion
Jussi Lampela, synthesizers, loops

Recorded at Kokkola, March 22, 2021
Recording: Markus Isojärvi
Video: Oskari Hannula
Mix: Miikka Huttunen