"LIBERTY SHIP" NEW ALBUM &
season 2015/16 concerts available
Liberty Ship returns in spring 2015 with their second double album "THE WIDE OPEN SUITE & NOISES AT SEA"" for Eclipse Music. After the undenieble artistic statement which was the 2013 debut ”Approaching”, the band continues to seek uncharted waters of creative expression in contemporary jazz music.
Their music is adventurous, mysterious,
creative and unpredictable.
ESA PIETILÄ tenor saxophone, www.esapietila.com
AKI RISSANEN piano, www.akirissanen.com
ANTTI LÖTJÖNEN double bass
OLAVI LOUHIVUORI drums. www.olavilouhivuori.com
Liberty Ship, formed in 2012, navigates the deep waters of free jazz and improvised music
in constant pursuit of liberated self-expression. Acclaimed saxophonist and composer Esa
Pietilä leads this all-star quartet of accomplished Finnish jazz musicians, pushing each
musician to the boundaries of their creative ability. Liberty Ship is without a doubt one of
the most exciting and adventurous projects to emerge from the booming Finnish jazz scene.
A bold double album: one acoustic CD, one electric.
A step ahead for the adventurous quartet showcasing their
remarkable skills in collective improvisation.
Their debut album "Approaching" was voted for "Album
of the Year 2013", by "The New York City Jazz Record".
"Approaching" also belongs to the top 10 list of Finnish Jazz releases 2013-2014, picked up by Wif Stenger
(The Guardian & Jazz Journal)
(the concert calendar is filling up fast already)
Ask Your promotional copy (or digital download) of the album here
quotes from reviews: more reviews here
Saxophonist Esa Pietilä is an avid sailor and his Liberty Ship, a Finnish super group gathering much sought-after pianist Aki Rissanen, bassist Antti Lotjonen and internationally well-known drummer Olavi Louhivuori. The quartet formed in 2012 navigates the waters of free jazz and improvised music, moving along unexplored passages of their own choice and challenge. One year ago the group released its double album Approaching on the profiled Edition label, with a collection of ‘loose compositions’ in the first part, and a completely improvised second part. It indicates a great potential of music created ‘in the moment,’ that bore out at their Telakka set in a fully captivating way. The musicians set their sails high, mastered the falling winds, and opened vivid panoramas.
– All About Jazz – Henning Boltne, at Tampere Jazzhappening 2015 .
“Liberty Ship sailed to the European frontline - The music of Liberty Ship threw the group brightly into the crowd of one of the best European groups.” - Helsingin Sanomat – Jukka Hauru
“Pietila clearly shows why his prolific talent has his work revered by the masters of their craft. His solo sax release "Karhea" is a landmark release for one of the finest saxophone player that I have had the exception to hear.” – CriticalJazz, USA – Brent Black
Visionary composer and improviser Esa Pietilä (b.1964) is the captain of Liberty Ship. His original style is firmly rooted in the avant-garde and free jazz traditions. From solo saxophone to small combos to large orchestras, Pietilä has a long and varied history of composing for and performing with many of the top names in modern European creative jazz.
Pianist Aki Rissanen (b.1980) has built a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking and creative pianists of his generation in Finland. Rissanen has worked with some of the top names like Barry Guy, Mats Gustafsson, Daniel Humair and Robin Verheyen in modern creative jazz. Rissanen combines a classical training with a love of improvisation and contemporary jazz. In Liberty Ship his distinctive style lives up to its full potential.
Antti Lötjönen (b.1980) has established himself as one of the cornerstones and most in-demand bass players of Helsinki’s burgeoning 21st century jazz scene. Playing in key groups like Sun Trio and Verneri Pohjola Quartet and with countless major figures in the contemporary Finnish jazz scene like Alexi Tuomarila and Kalevi Louhivuori has made Lötjönen a recognized figure both in Finland and internationally.
Drummer Olavi Louhivuori (b.1981) has brought his creativity to a number of high-profile projects all around Europe. He has played and recorded with internationally acclaimed artists like Polish Tomasz Stańko, Italian Claudio Filippini, British Dave Stapleton, Marilyn Crispell from USA and Norwegian Mats Eilertsen.
Esa Pietilä Productions
p. +358 400 815007
Muurikuja 1 B 41 00580 Helsinki
Muurikuja 1 B 41 00580 Helsinki