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Pertti Jalava

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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: May 4, 1960    

Pertti Jalava (b. 1960 in Turku , Finland ) has composed numerous works for various chamber ensembles and orchestra, among them three symphonies and a piano concerto. He has also written a considerable volume of music for jazz line-ups and big band, and works for choir. Though stylistically he keeps his two main genres (jazz / chamber and orchestral music) separate, without engaging in crossover, he does allow influences to travel between the two and they have many features in common: the important role assigned to rhythm and melody, poly-phony, picturesque narrative and richness of event. His primary objectives are, Jalava says, emotional and narrative expression. Such aspirations leave no room for exclusions of any kind. In his music he uses strong contrasts, thereby achieving dramatic effects and aesthetic accents. Sometimes ugliness is needed to emphasise beauty: distorted harmonies, sharp timbres and aggressive rhythms. At other times these negative messages have to be offset by unashamed beauty in order to be experienced to the full. Rhythm occupies a major role in Jalava’s music. It is often motor-like and fre-quently asymmetric. Yet a meditative quality, or a kind of floating, carefree mood is also characteristic of his music. Despite drawing mainly on twelve-note techniques, most of Jalava’s classical works create a feeling of tonality. In his most recent compositions he often lets their nature determine the music or employs other methods of his own devising, assigning row technique only a secondary role. Nor does he belittle the role of humour, the very salt of life and music....
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Awards

- 1st prize in the composition competition of the Youth Art Happening, Lahti, Finland 1984
"Poem" and "Charm" for rock-jazz ensemble
- 2nd prize (the prize of Ville de Comines-Warneton) in the 1st Composition Contest
for symphonic wind orchestra, organized by Lys Music Orchestra, Comines-Warneton, Belgium 2002
"Nest of Wind" - 3rd prize in the Nordic composition competition of the Turku Conservatory, Finland 2002
"Surface" for string orchestra
- awarded in the Uussävel composition competition,
organized by The Society of Finnish Composers and Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival 2002
"Spiral" for clarinet and string trio
- 1st prize in the international composition competition for Big Band
organized by U.M. Big Band, Mouscron, Belgium 2003
"A Wolf Doesn't Make Any Questions"
- Two honorary mentions in the international composition competition for string orchestra,
Mouscron, Belgium 2003
"Surface" and "Like a Sigh"
- Honorary mention in the international EPIC MUSIC composition prize, Italy 2005
"In the Wind" for flute and string orchestra
(In the competition was given one prize and three honorary mentions)
- Honorary mention in the international competition
"Composizione originale per banda - 2005, Corciano", Italy
"Forms of Opinion" for symphonic wind orchestra
(In the competition was given one prize and two honorary mentions)
- Honorary mention in the international "Quey Percussion Duo Composition Contest - 2007", USA
"Pictures of Spring Stream" (In the competition was given two prizes and one honorary mention)
- 2nd prize in Esko Linnavalli composition competition for Big Band 2007
"Pluto? - It's Still Swinging There!"

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