I’m really excited about going back to UK to do a 1-week-long tour with some great musicians.
This band is called ‘Pekka Pylkkanen Hi-Fi Quintuplet’ (or Hi-Fi Quartet on some nights)
There will be Nick Smart on trumpet (April 22/23); Kit Downes on piano (April 25); Matt Robinson on piano (April 18-24); Ronan Guilfoyle on . . . → Read More: UK Tour in April 2013
I’m happy to announce that I will be joining the Atina Jazz Campus in July 2013 again! This time I will be the artistic/pedagogical head of the Campus della Musica and it will surely be a wonderful week-and-a-half with great teachers and students from different parts of Europe and also Canada! There will be many . . . → Read More: Atina Jazz Campus
Fiestecita is a salsa group we started already in 1983 (!). The line-up has changed a little bit from those days, but in today’s line-up we’ve been performing (with one exception, Matti Lappalainen on trombone (nowadays the Manager of April Jazz)- switched to Mikko Mustonen) since the 90′s. We used to run several highly successful . . . → Read More: Fiestecita back in business!
This Christmas and New Year I’ll be traveling around China with my family. Now we’re in Shanghai, and after Xmas we’ll be moving over to Changsha and then to Hong Kong for the New Year. We’ll return to Shanghai for one more day, and then back to Finland.
Happy Christmas to everybody!
I arrived home yesterday, after 2 weeks in Japan with my ‘global unit’. The tour was really intense, since we played pretty much every night in a different city, all around Japan. I suppose we traveled by train some 5000+ kilometers on that trip. Anyways, I’m looking forward to going back, and hope . . . → Read More: Back home in Helsinki
It’s been already a week here in Japan. Tonight we’re playing at Jazz Club Nardis in Tokyo/Kashiwa, and tomorrow we’re heading towards Sapporo to play at the legendary COO,for 2 days,looking forward to that! Then on the 9th we’re playing in Ashiya, in Kansai region at a great club called ‘Left Alone’. Hope . . . → Read More: Tonight in Tokyo/Kashiwa
It’s Saturday morning, and we will soon be leaving for Okayama, where we will be performing at LIVEHOUSE BIRD tonight. The place is very nice, and it has a long history of great jazz musicians playing there. The previous owner, Okazaki-san, unfortunately passed away a few years ago, but his son Toshiaki is continuing . . . → Read More: Tour continues
We arrived in Japan a couple of days ago and yesterday night had our first gig here. It was in Yokohama, Okurayama Hall. The place was beautiful, on a steep hill, surrounded by a garden and great views over the city. Tonight we’re off to Kamakura to play at Daphne. Our gig for . . . → Read More: In Japan
I returned home yesterday from the tour we did in Switzerland and France. We had a great time and the audiences were very nice! Now I’m preparing for the Japan Tour that will start next week.
Looking forward to it!