Iiro Rantala
Good Stuff

VÖ: 27.10.2017

Genre: Piano Jazz

No longer available

ACT 9851-2, 614427985125
iiro rantala / piano
ulf wakenius / guitar

Produced by Siggi Loch

Recorded by Nanni Johansson
at the ACT Art Collection Berlin, May 30 & 31, 2017
Mixed and mastered by Klaus Scheuermann

Iiro Rantala played on the “Alfred Brendel” Steinway D-524780,
tuned by Thomas Hübsch

Cover art by Jiri Geller, Kaos on Geller, 2015
used with the kind permission of the artist

Vienna, Rome, Seoul... Iiro Rantala and Ulf Wakenius are globetrotters in music. Each piece captures the mood of a city. Rantala: "Every place is carried by music and is therefore unique. We have traced these sounds."

Iiro Rantala
"Intelligence, humor, a lot of sentiment, unpredictable ideas, and exquisite piano craftsmanship" (FAZ). Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala is described as "a force of nature at the keys" (Jazz Thing). For nearly 20 years, he dominated jazz stages across Europe and beyond with the anarchic trio Töykeät. His subsequent ACT debut album, "Lost Heroes," marked a turning point in his music. While unrestrained exuberance had previously ruled, Rantala now seeks and finds strength in melody, harmony, and deep emotion. His mischievousness still shines through, along with his outstanding classical piano skills. Rantala manages a delicate balance in many ways. He's celebrated by critics, receiving accolades like the German Record Critics' Annual Award, the ECHO Jazz, the Finnish EMMA Award, and many more. Simultaneously, he's a favorite of audiences, performing at hundreds, if not thousands, of concerts. Whether in classical temples like the Berlin Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie Köln, or in jazz clubs and festivals throughout Europe, he captivates audiences. Whether performing solo, as a trio, or with a full orchestra, Rantala traverses jazz, classical, pop, and Nordic songs. He combines sentiment and melancholy with a lot of wit and charm. In short, he's a master of modern, boundless piano playing.
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