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Tomi Pekkola is an avant-garde-guitarist-composer from Hamina Finland. Along the years he has played in various types of groups with progressive or avant-garde ethos. Pekkola is a guitarist with a respect to the classics but his work is best described as a combination of contemporary classical & free improvisation with an attitude towards both meditative & explosive expression. Pekkola's main area in composition is at the time with his The Bull In a China Shop Quartet, a group on Bruce's Fingers label, but his work as a composer includes pieces for orchestra, chamber opera, chamber music vocal music & musics for different genres.


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“Taidemusiikin ja jazzin välillä risteilee moni, ja etenkin nykymusiikin ja jazz- improvisaation rajapinta kuohuu mielenkiintoisesti koko ajan. Haminalaisen Tomi Pekkolan resepti on kuitenkin persoonallinen ja erottuva. Säveltäjä ja kitaristi fuusioi nykkäriä ja jazzia kiehtovasti, ajoittain oikeasti sulauttaen, mutta antaen myös kummankin soida omilla vahvuuksillaan. Välillä kuulostetaan siis jazzilta, toisaalla nykymusiikilta ja useimmiten jäädään puolivälin kieppeille. Kokoonpanokin on sopivan epäortodoksinen: sähkökitara, viulu, kontrabasso ja rummut. Basisti Johannes Raikas ja viulisti Sirkku Mantere soittavat päätyönään Kymi Sinfonietan riveissä, lyömäsoittaja Samir Geper opettaa Kymen Konservatoriossa, Pekkola itse Haminan kansalaisopistossa

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