from the following audio CDs, you might want to check out the video work I have done in the project Blow-Fi (co-led by Ville Kiiski).
Our most representative work should be the movie Town of Trade and Culture that is based on improvisatory material from the
early summer of 2009. The movie consists of 13 shorter pieces that can be seen here, complete with English subtitles:
Town of Trade and Culture
Liedes-Ultan-Huovinen: IceBreath. Heartbreaker Productions HBPCD-003 (2012).
This CD documents a project in which I wanted to bring together the Finnish folk singer extraordinaire Anna-Kaisa Liedes
and violinist Wendy Ultan from New York. I was right: these ladies cook together! The music is freely improvised, and at least
to my own ears somewhat more rootsy than avant-garde, while nevertheless mixing influences from Sami yoik and West-African
rhythms to 20th century art music and free jazz. Wendy's description is pretty apt, and roughly as follows: her own musical
function is here to open an environment in which "the trickster" (Erkki) may do his tricks so that the soulful plant
of Anna-Kaisa's voice can grow and thrive. In other words, this is a band in which Wendy's violin provides constantly shifting
backgrounds for my color splashes and Anna-Kaisa's deep expression.
Instabilitrio: Oh God, Don't Let Me Die In a Place Like This. Heartbreaker Productions HBPCD-002
This is a free jazz trio with the saxophonists Scott Currie (Minneapolis) and Edward Schneider (New York). The basic
idea of the band is simple: reduce the rhythm section of a free jazz ensemble to a guitar/organ pedal combination (that's
me), and construct an expanded soloist from two simultaneously playing alto saxes. This is the most free-jazzy of my
CDs, and it does also contain some of my harmonica hyperventilations (creating a nice contrast with Scott's baritone sax).
Blow-Fi: Iloinen Evoluutio. Heartbreaker Productions
My improvisational collaboration with speech and video artist Ville Kiiski begun already in 1994, and for many years,
we managed to remain amazingly active in our private workshops while remaining amazingly inactive in public. In the 2000s,
our project Blow-Fi has, in the main, concentrated on video art productions, and thus our first audio CD had to keep brewing
for over 17 years before publication. This CD, the title of which translates as "Merry Evolution" (or, more to the
point with a Nietzschean hint, as "The Gay Evolution"), collects some of the fruits from our "Midwest Project"
in which the core duo is complemented with a cast of Minnesotan musicians including the incomparable Milo Fine (see below),
harmonica ace Clint Hoover (with his first-ever published recordings on the theremin!), an impovising vocal quartet, and more.
Most of all, however, it is great to finally present in a straighforward audio format the improvised speech of Ville Kiiski
which might be stylistically described by thinking what it would have sounded like if the improvisation-loving beat poets
of the 1950s would have actually focused on improvising in speech.
Milo Fine & Erkki Huovinen: Nothing is Not de minimis
(A Meeting of Multi-Instrumentalists). Insides music lesson 84 (2CD).
In October 2010, I had the pleasure to record a series of duo sessions with the Minneapolis free improvisation wizard
Milo Fine. As the subtitle indicates, we wanted to include a variety of instrumental combinations, so the textures vary
quite a lot as we shift between instruments. There are, for instance, some alto clarinet duets (yes!), some work in which
Milo joins my guitar/organ pedal combination with his piano and marimba, some duos for chromatic harmonica and drums and,
among my own favorites, some electrifying pieces on which Milo attacks his unique m-drums II set.
can order this from me or Milo (for $10) of from the Insides music website where you can also listen to some of the music:
For more on Milo's music, see:
Peppe Jalava Band: Go to the Beach. Alba Records ABCD
Before leaving Finland, I was a member of the composer Pertti "Peppe" Jalava's jazz group. This CD presents
Peppe's Zappa-esque visions, colliding the modernism of art music with progressive rock and jazz. I'm playing chromatic harmonica
and guitar here. The CD can be acquired here: