Iiro Rantala
My History Of Jazz

VÖ: 26.10.2012

Genre: Piano Jazz


ACT 9531-2, 614427953124
iiro rantala / piano
lars danielsson / bass & cello
morten lund / drums
adam bałdych / violin

Produced by Siggi Loch with the artist

Recorded by Bo Savik, April 19 & 20, 2012 at Tia Dia Studios Mölnlycke, Sweden

“September Song” was played on the "Alfred Brendel - Steinway D" and recorded by Klaus Scheuermann, June 18, 2012 at the ACT Art Gallery in Berlin

“Caravan” was played on a Bösendorfer Imperial and recorded by Antoine Desmons, July 9, 2012 at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Petit Theatre / Montreux Palace), Switzerland

Cover art by Joel Shapiro © 2005 – 2007, courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, St. Moritz, Paris

A unique mixture, entirely focused on melodies, full of different moods: With Bach as a parenthesis, Iiro Rantala takes his very own look at jazz history on "my history of jazz" with his typical combination of wit, intelligence and "almost limitless technique" (hr 2).

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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