Website photo by Peter Gannushkin

This fall I decided to take matters into my own hands by organizing monthly club evenings at two separate locations in Helsinki: the “Jazz on the Loose” series at Bar Loose, a rock club, which will feature my bands Triad and eCsTaSy, and the “On the Corner” series at Punavuoren Ahven, my favorite pub, acoustic duos pairing me with some great finnish guitarists. For more details, please check out the “gigs” page. A very special opening of the “Loose” series will feature the grand old man of finnish free jazz, the one and only Juhani Aaltonen, joining Ilmari Heikinheimo, Ville Rauhala and I for a hot and beautiful set on september 23rd. He is playing great and has recently recorded new material for TUM records.

I was flattered to see that I had made it to the “Rising Star” category in the Downbeat august issue, for the second year in a row. Our eCsTaSy cd has surely been an important factor, as it’s been getting great reviews in magazines and blogsites, so super thanks to the Cuneiform crew for doing their jobs so well. I’m happy to announce that Cuneiform will be releasing the new eCsTaSy cd next september, which we’ll record after our french tour in November, organized by Charles Gil for his “Voix et Sons Libres”.

I’m taking control of booking my own gigs for the time being, while Annamaija Music Company is restructuring.

You can now buy my recordings on the “Discography/Store” page.¬† The new “eCsTaSy”cd is in stock, and some older ones too like “Shadowglow” with Lukas Ligeti, so take a look and send me your orders.

In case you haven’t seen them yet, Triad has two clips on youtube: Coltrane’s “Transition” and Triad’s Baobop , both live in January, filmed and recorded by Hekla Productions.

For anyone interested in some of my background, influences and guitar gear, read my recent interviews on Guitar Moderne and Finnish Music Quarterly.

That’s all for now, hope to see you at one of our shows!