A new power-duo that improvises on any given musical theme mixing the possibilities of the drums & saxophone in completely personal way. The duo uses percussion of gongsbells etc. mixed with saxophone multiphonics and extended playing techniques colouring their expression on both instruments plus virtuoso playing.
At his youth Esa Pietilä studied saxophone at Sibelius-Academy (Helsinki) and privately with worldwide known David Liebman & Ellery Eskelin in NYC plus at multitude number of masterclasses in Europe & USA. His playing and recordings has been thanked by such internationally well-known critics, reviewers and editors like Stuart Nicholson (UK), Laurence Donohue-Greene (AllAboutJazz-New York),Don Williamson (Jazzreview.com),Robert Spencer,(Cadence USA),Matthew Wuethrich (ALL ABOUT JAZZ) etc.
Esa´s original style and various projects - trio - new "4 STREAMS" Quartet (formed 2008) with ECM artist Iro Haarla - solo saxophone concerts etc., have stabilized his position performing on the national / international jazz circuit, and have led him to play 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 Michael Jefry Stevens, Ron McClure, Mathias Eick, Mike Nock, Claudio Fasoli, Heiri Kaenzig, Anders Begcrantz, Odean Pope, Raoul Björkenheim, Brian Melvin, Uffe Krokfors, Markku Ounaskari, Iro Haarla, Filip Augustson, Hilmar Jensson, Kjartan Valdemarsson, Fabian Kuratli...Along with his engagements at international festivals, Esa has also been a regular visiting teacher and lecturer at annual IASJ symposium led by Davib Liebman
Pietilä´s uncompromising approach to music, search for new angles and refusal to walk the trodden path betray his lofty ambitions. He injects immediacy and surprise into his playing by going for unplanned gems that like-minded interaction can discover through spontaneous playing. His interests are as much about implication - the spaces between the dots he punches out - as about literal adherence to pre-written composition.
His groups explore new improvisational fields of freejazz expression, and they have performed with success in many Scandinavian and European festivals & clubs on the recent years. The openness for free improvisation of Esa´s Trio and The 4 STREAMS Quartet, and the elaboration upon the conventional roles of their instruments, highlights a larger goal: creating a unified group identity.
In 2007 Pietilä started a series of totally improvised solo saxophone concerts, which will continue annually. He release the studio version of recordings of improvisations in 2009. "At the Solo concerts, the virtuosity of his technique and the tonal colours Esa Pietilä creates in multitude textures belong into to the elite of saxophone expression. His capabilities to let the saxophone ring from variety of minimalism whispers to full free blowing, results a rich palette of colourful shapes of multiphonics, chordal tones, rhythmic surprises, and even fuga-like approach of inner dialogue."
Esa is one of Finland's leading jazz musicians and a dedicated jazz educator. I recommend his albums Direct (Fiasko Records) with Uffe Krokfors on bass and Markku Ounaskari on drums as well as the album Fulica Acra that followed, which show his scope and imagination as a player.
Professor Stuart Nicholson, Author, Journalist, Lecturer
About solo saxophone CD "Karhea"....Congrats on the new CD - it's FANTASTIC!
AllAboutJazz-New York (Laurence Donohue-Greene )
"while never resorting to the tired bag of tricks that so few have been able to resist before him". - Cadence, USA
Esa is a wonderfully gifted saxophonist and composer. I can highly recommend Esa as a composer, performer and educator.
Michael J. Stevens, member, International Society of Improvised Music
More info of Esa´s groups and the solo concerts at www.esapietila.com. The website contains streaming tunes, videos of the groups, interviews, reviews, blog guestbook etc.
Jeff "Siege" Siegel
Drummer/Composer Jeff Siege Siegel is a veteran of the New York Jazz Scene and has worked with a virtual whos who of artists. A member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-99, Siegels diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record with legends such as Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Shiela Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison and many more. He has also performed and/or recorded with the younger generation of musicians such as Dave Douglas, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Ryan Kisor, Arturo O'Farrill, Steve Turre, Arthur Rhames and John Esposito. He has worked in the avant garde world as well with Wadada Leo Smith, Baikida Carroll and others. He is leader of the Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet. He co-leads the groups of The Jeff Marx/Jeff "Siege" Siegel Duo and Marx, Siegel and Esposito. Siegel has been described in Jazz World Magazine as a brilliant drummer, while lauded in Modern Drummer for his forward energy and abundantly attractive ideas. His playing is always tasteful whether it be in forceful, intense situations or in quiet, supporting rol
(selected discography as a leader):
- "Karhea", Improvised Solo saxophone - Fiasko Records, 2009 FRCD 41
- Esa Pietilä Trio,"Travel of Fulica atra", Fiasko Records, 2007 FRCD 31
- Esa Pietilä Trio, "Direct", Fiasko Records, 2003 FRCD 13
- Esa Pietilä Quartet feat. Anders Bergcrantz, "Fastjoik" 1998 A-records/ Challenge, AL 73147
- The Case " Codes " 1996, Tricks music TMCD 1196
Jeff "Siege" Siegel
Magical Spaces, Jeff Siege Siegel Quartet, CAP Records
Live in Europe, Jeff Siege Siegel Quartet, ARC Records
Inyo, Jeff Marx, Jeff "Siege" Siegel & John Esposito, Sunjump Records
Dreamstuff, Jeff Marx/Jeff Siege Siegel, Ayler Records
Brazilian Wish, Matt Finley
Minor Mutiny, Ryan Kisor, Columbia Records
Arthur Rhames Trio Live From Soundscape, Arthur Rhames, D.I.W. Records
John Medeski & Lee Shaw Live at the Egg featuring Jeff "Siege" Siegel &
Rich Syracuse, ARC Records
Lee Shaw Trio Live at Art Gallery Reutlingen, ARC Records
Lee Shaw Trio Live in Graz, ARC Records
Lee Shaw Trio, Blossom, ARC Records
Originals, Lee Shaw Trio, Islandview Records
A Place For Jazz, Lee Shaw Trio, Cadence Records
Little Friend, Lee Shaw Trio, Luvlee Records
Fifth House, New York Trio Project, Imaginary Records
Get Out of Town, Siegel & Ferguson, Imaginary Records
Triologue, Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson, Imaginary Records
Panorama, Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson w/ Valery Ponomarev, Imaginary Records
Points of View, Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson, Imaginary Records
One of a Kind, Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson, Imaginary Records
Maya the Bee, Nancy Harrow and Sir Roland Hanna, Harbinger Records
Flying With the Comet, Second Sight, Sun Jump Records
Great Unknown, Jeff Marx, Naugual Records
Up Until Now, Mark Dziuba, Joobtone Records
Music from Paradise, Jeffrey Lohn, Daisy Records
Aliques Song, Steve Geraci, Sun Jump Records
A Spell Like This, Katie Bowen, Eleven: Eleven Records
Humans Dont Fly, Katie Bowen, Eleven Eleven Records
Moonlight and Mistletoe, Eileen Fulton, Eilful Productions
One "concert" set (on hour, 15 minutes)
or optionally two sets (45 min. each)