Jazz pIanist and composer Samuli Mikkonen (b.1973 Jyvaskyla, Finland) is an emerging name in the European jazz scene.
His distinct and recognisable sound has its deepest roots in the landspaces and sounds of Central Finland, an area full of lakes and forests. Besides the Scandinavian and European jazz tradition, influences of Finnish as well as other ethnic musics can be heard, as well as 20th century classical music.
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Kuàra, ECM Records 2010
Mikkonen proved an even more astute pianist, tremendously interpretive
while, at the same time, focused intently on his band mates. Beginning the
set with a combination of inside-the-box strumming and outside-the-box
voicings, his sense of dynamics was fundamental to the trio's success, as was
Ounaskari's similarly astute ear.
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Piano, trompette, voix et percussions sont associés à leurs noms aux
consonances nordiques. Les racines de leurs improvisations sont à chercher
dans le flou de la frontière séparant la Finlande de la Russie, là où des
peuples ont cherché à se consoler de l’exil par la musique
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