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 to play in some of those nice clubs we did this time and some other spots, too!
This week I’ll be organizing some concerts for a UK Tour with a new group called ‘Pekka Pylkkanen Hi-Fi Quintuplet’ that features Kit Downes on piano and Nick Smart on trumpet. We will be playing at Ronnie Scott’s in London Soho in a couple of weeks, and are planning to make a larger tour in early 2013. If you’re in London on NOV 27th, come over to check us out!
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 to see some of you over there!After this gig our drummer Carlos Ezequiel will be heading back home to Sao Paulo.
On the 10th, we’re back in Tokyo/Yokohama region and playing at Airegin Yokohama.
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 the business, which is really great. We really hope to see many of our old friends there tonight. Also, if someone in Okayama would be interested in a lesson with me or any of the guys (Markus Niittynen/piano, Ronan Guilfoyle/bass, Carlos Ezequiel/drums), please get in touch with Toshiaki. We could do that either late afternoon today or tomorrow morning/noon.
Hope to see you there!
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 tomorrow, November 2nd,in ‘Lush Life’ Hiroshima got suddenly with a very short notice (!!!!!!!) cancelled and so we’re staying one more day in Tokyo area. And, in stead, we’re playing a concert at TRADS FAN School Of Music in Yoyogi, Tokyo. Then we’re off for Okayama, Live House Bird (NOV3) and Hiroshima Jazz Club Bird (NOV4). After those we come back to Tokyo area, and play at Blue Flame on NOV 5, with Tadashi Saze on bass. Hope to see many of our friends there, too…
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!
This is a long-waited and long-planned trip to Central Europe with some of my favorite musicians:
Greg Burk on piano (USA/ITA), Ronan Guilfoyle on bass (IRE) and Carlos Ezequiel on drums (BRA).
We’re playing at Bird’s Eye – and recording as well. And we’re doing master classes and concerts in CMDL- and some more stuff will still be announced soon…! It will be great to get to play with these guys again!
I will also play with Carlos a special gig at Babilo in Paris, on OCT 24th, with Benoit Sourisse on piano and
Jean-Michel Charbonnier on bass. Looking forward to that very much, too!
Last week I had a pleasure playing with Lupa Santiago Quintet in Copenhagen and Århus.
The band consisted of: Lupa Santiago -guitar (BRA), me- saxophones, Thomas Walbum – piano (DEN),
Niclas Campagnol – drums (SWE) and Andreas Hatholt – bass (DEN). We performed at Metronomen in Copenhagen and at Århus Museum of Art. We had a great time- looking forward to going back again!!
It’s my pleasure to announce that I’ll be touring with my Finnish group ‘Pekka Pylkkanen Tube Factory’ in Singapore and Malaysia from SEP 28 until OCT 8. The group consists of Markus Niittynen on piano, Tuure Koski on bass and Mikko Arlin on drums. We’re playing in great spots both in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur plus giving several master classes in both cities. I’m really looking forward to it!! You can find the tour dates in the Calendar (hope it works now…)-
but just in case I’ll add some in here:
-Sept 29 Sultan Jazz Club, SIN
-Sept 30 LaSalle College of Music, SIN
- OCT I ICOM (International College of Music), KL
- OCT 1 The Venue KL
-OCT 2 The Venue, KL
-OCT 4 UCSI University, KL
-OCT 5 UCSI University, KL
- OCT 5 BluJazz, SIN