Esa Pietila

Born: December 9, 1964

Esa Pietila´s original style of avant garde / impro / freejazz and various projects of his - trio - quartet - solo saxophone concerts etc., have stabilized his position performing on the national / international jazz circuit, and have led him to play in USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Iceland, England, USA, Australia, New Zeeland, Brazil and Cuba. Esa has performed with the names like Michael Jefry Stevens, Harvey Sorgen, Heiri Kaenzig, Jeff Siegel, Karl Berger, Mark Helias, John Esposito, Mathias Eick, Iro Haarla, Olavi Louhivuori, Aki Rissanen, Antti Lötjönen, Otto Gardner, Franziska Baumann, Christoph Baumann, Banz Oester, Mike Nock, Claudio Fasoli, Anders Begcrantz, Odean Pope, Raoul Björkenheim, Brian Melvin, Markku Ounaskari, Uffe Krokfors, Filip Augustson, Hilmar Jensson, Arthur Kell, Johannes Mössinger, Kjartan Valdemarsson, Fabian Kuratli, Jarmo Savolainen, Mika Kallio, Mikko Innanen, Seppo Kantonen, Ville Herrala and Erling Kroner. Esa has also stood on stage with many global jazz luminaries, e.g. Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Carla Bley, David Liebman, Vince Mendoza, Maria Schneider, Ray Anderson...

Recently Esa has performed mostly with his improvised solo saxophone concerts, with newly born “Brain Inventory Trio” together with USA pianist MIchael Jefry Stevens and cellist Juho Laitinen from Finland, duo with drummer Harvey Sorgen (NYC), duo with Jeff Siegel, (NYC), trio with pianist john Esposito (USA), trio with drummer Mika Kallio & Swiss bass player Heiri Kaenzig, trio with Estonian guitarist Jaak Sooäär & MIka kallio (drs), 4 Streams Quartet with Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors & Markku Ounaskari, duo with German pianist Johannes Mössinger. Esa has also performed with a Finland based freejazz group Loco-Motif hosted by pianist Iro Haarla and Uffe Krokfors and with Swedish-Finnish cooperational quartet called “Comet”. A Scandinavian quintet “Nordik Kollektiv” was a project in 2005 with trumpet player Mathias Eick from Norway and a piano player Kjartan Valdemarsson from Iceland. In 2007 Pietilä started a series of totally improvised solo saxophone concerts, which will continue annually in Finland & abroad. In 2009 he released the album “Karhea” - a complitely improvised cd of solo recordings. 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.

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“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 ) Esa is a wonderfully gifted saxophonist and composer. I can highly recommend Esa as a composer, performer and educator.” - Michael J

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Pietilä has given masterclasses and clinics of jazz and free improvisation & saxophone expression at: Boston, Berklee Music school of Music, Privatiuniversitet Wien, Graz, University Jazz Department, Luzern Musichochschule in Switzerland, Malmö Royal Academy of music (Sweden), Reykjavik FUI Music School, etc plus numerous workshops at his home country. hours/rates - please contact [email protected]

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