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Heikki Sarmanto

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Born: June 22, 1939    Primary Instrument: Piano

Composer and pianist Heikki Sarmanto is a leading Finnish jazz scene figure who has been internationally praised for his symphonic, orchestral and jazz ensemble works.

During the early 1960s, Sarmanto studied at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. Shortly thereafter he won a prestigious award for the International Competition of Jazz Composition in Minneapolis, MN. He also performed in numerous Finnish jazz recordings including Christian Schwindt’s “For Friends and Relatives” (RCA Victor) and Esa Pethman’s “The Modern Sound of Finland” (RCA Victor)

Sarmanto entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston, in 1968 where he honed his piano and composition skills with coaching from Herb Pomeroy, Charlie Mariano and Margaret Chaloff. In 1969 he released the first recording under his own name in 1969 titled “Flowers in the Water” (EMI/Columbia), which was taken from a live recording at the University of Jyvaskyla....
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There are few recordings that are as harmonious and natural sounding as this. A recording that originally had little to no distribution in the United States, Porter Records is proud to be releasing “Counterbalance” on CD for the first time. While it fits with in the realm of jazz, it is much more than just a jazz album. Recorded and release in 1971 and incorporating a Fender Rhodes, flute, guitar, drums and bass, you will find a strong lyrical-ism that isn’t often heard in jazz. A must have for anyone interested in the jazz movement of the 70’s.

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