Barefoot Records release "Beginnings", the debut-CD of the collaborative trio of saxophonist Mikko Innanen, guitarist Markus Pesonen and drummer Mika Kallio. The record is made during an improvised session, where the three Finns are on a journey to find distinct songs and stories. Determined but open, songful but abstract,
Jan 10 Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY (US)
Jan 11 Nublu, NY (US)
Feb 5 Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ (US)
Feb 8 Ibeam, Brooklyn, NY (US)
Feb 10 Douglass St. Music Collective, Brooklyn, NY (US)
Feb 28 Helsinki International Burlesque Festival (FI)
Mar 1 Helsinki International Burlesque Festival (FI)
Mar 5 Rytmihäiriöklubi, Juttutupa, Helsinki (FI)
Mar 8 Turun seudun mus.opisto, Turku (FI)
Mar 9 Keskus Centralen, Loviisa (FI)
Mar 10 Turenki, kirjastotalo, Janakkalan Musiikkipäivät
Mar 11 Valimo-sali, Pori
Mar 12 AMC Klubi, Telakka, Tampere (FI)
Mar 13 Sellosali, Espoo (FI)
Mar 14 DNA-jazzklubi, Kuopio (FI)
Mar 15 Teatteriravintolan terassi, Joensuu (FI)
photo: Risto Kantola
|Two videos from the concert of Mikko Innanen and Han Bennink at AMC Klubi, Telakka, Tampere on October 13th (video by Jyrki Kallio)|
In the near future, Engine Studios will be releasing THANK YOU, the debut studio recording by The Curators, a trio of James Ilgenfritz, Mikko Innanen and Joe Hertenstein (recorded by Rob Christiansen in 2012). In advance of that release, please take a minute to check out this download release - HEAVY METAL SPARTACUS, recorded live this summer at the On The Way Out series at Freddy's Back Room in Brooklyn, New York.
|PLOP release per se on vinyl-LP! Per se is a follow-up to PLOP's 2009 debut-CD an sich. PLOP are celebrating the event by playing a string of five concerts in Finland in September (see "LIVE"). PLOP are Ville Herrala (bass), Mikko Innanen (sax) and Joonas Riippa (drums). The recording was made live in Sellosali in September 2012 by Benoit Delbecq and Miles Perkin (MERCI!!!). The statue on the cover is by Riku Riippa (KIITOS!!!). Kiitos Jenni Särmä for the graphic design.|
"Occupy The World" by Wadada Leo Smith & TUMO out now!
"Occupy The World is an instant classic of creative orchestral music. Over five extended compositions, a total of almost two hours of music, composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith leads a new large ensemble, TUMO, to a unique sound world where composed elements meet with strong soloists and group improvisation."
|"Out to Lynch" by Kalle Kalima & K-18 (Kalima, Innanen, Veli Kujala and Teppo Hauta-aho) wins Jazz-Emma award for the best Finnish jazz record of 2012!|
An article in the April 2012 issue of Down Beat magazine by Peter Margasak
Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio: Clustrophy
"HEY – if you don’t get another CD this year – GET THIS ONE! Listeners who can’t be without the latest & greatest in jazz will kick themselves if they overlook this one!" Improvijazznation Magazine
"Finland was representing, via the fascinating, feisty band Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio, guided by the strong, free-minded alto saxist, and with keyboardist Seppo Kantonen winning special points for originality. Think Ornette Coleman in a honky tonk, updated and glazed with dry Finnish wit." DOWN BEAT
Great new reviews of Clustrophy: PopMatters, New York Music Daily, All About Jazz (Eyal Hareuveni), All About Jazz (Jerry D’Souza), Canadian Audiophile, Jazmuzic, Improvijazznation Magazine, Something Else!
"Clustrophy introduces us to a new incarnation of Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio, a group led by the highly talented and increasingly well-known Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen. Whereas the group´s first recording, Paa-da-pap (TUM CD 019) in 2007, featured a quartet of Finns, Clustrophy show-cases a five-piece band with a truly pan-European three-some of saxophonists: Mikko Innanen from Finland, Fredrik Ljungkvist from Sweden and Daniel Erdmann from Germany."